Little Baddow 19k

SUP route, Little Baddow 19k – Hoe Mill Lock via Beeleigh Lock to Little Baddow Mill Lock and back on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation: 19km…

From Hoe Mill Lock, first head east with the flow (away from the moored narrowboats) towards Maldon. Portage Rickets Lock and paddle past Langford Mill to turn at Beeleigh Lock. Paddle back against the stream past Langford Mill, portage Rickets and Hoe Mill Lock and continue past All Saints Church, portage Rushes and Papermill Lock (where we run our paddle board lessons), continue on under the Church Road bridge at Mill House to turn at Little Baddow Mill Lock. Paddle back with the flow to Hoe Mill.

Great in a westerly wind for a headwind out and a tailwind home. Trees by the riverside generally offer good protection from crosswinds, so southerly and northerly are good too. Also OK for light to moderate easterlies as, although you’ll notice the headwind home, you will be coming back with the flow. The route out is into the stream, so expect to work harder on the way out, before an easier ride home – sensible in anything from light to heavy stream. Check stream and wind conditions via our SUP weather page…

This is a long route, so only attempt it if you’re well fuelled and sure you’re up to it: definitely carry hydration and possibly nutrition. The current can get strong after heavy rainfall, which can be perfectly workable as you’re heading out into it and coming back with it – just be careful if it’s flowing really strong as there can be branches and other solid flotsam in the water. Strong easterlies aren’t ideal as you’ll be paddling back into a headwind which will probably have more impact than the stream. Check conditions via our SUP Weather page. Nesting swans in late spring and later with signets in early summer can be protective – give them room and stay confident as you paddle past. Look out for fishermen and be courteous by giving them a wide berth. Steer clear of weirs, which are always signposted near the locks.

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