Stonham’s Lock 6k

SUP route, Stonham’s Lock 6k – Paper Mill Lock to Stonham’s Lock and back on the River Chelmer: 6km…

Starting from Paper Mill Lock, head west into the stream (past the moored narrowboats from the tea rooms side of the lock) towards Chelmsford. Paddle under the Church Road bridge at Mill House, portage Little Baddow Mill Lock and turn at Stonham’s Lock. Paddle back with the flow to Papermill Lock (where we run our Learn to SUP lessons).

Ideal in a westerly breeze 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…

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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