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Boating on the River Colne

Boating is Now Closed Until the Spring.

While at Mill Race why not take a row up the scenic Colne Valley on the River Colne. You can hire one our rowing boats from ½ an hour upwards. For the more adventurous you can row several kilometres up stream towards the village of Chappel and doubles as an excellent way of seeing local wildlife. If you go far enough you may be able to see the impressive viaduct at Chappel built around 1840. With 32 arches, comprising of some 7 million bricks, it is the longest viaduct in East Anglia & has been voted as one of the top wonders of England.

Our boating, dependent on suitable weather and river conditions, is usually open from April through to late September. Please call before visiting specifically for rowing to ensure it is open.

Within our picnic area you will see one of the many pillboxes that cover the Southeast of England which were built during World War II to protect against possible ground invasion. This pillbox is part of a defensive line known as The Eastern Command Line which ran from the mouth of the River Colne off East Mersea following as far as Chappel before heading North up through Suffolk and Norfolk to Kings Lynn. For those of you interested you will see it is an impressive structure of an unusual design and in pristine condition.

Current hire charges

£10.00 per half hour

£5.00 every quarter of an hour there after

Max time out on Saturdays is 1 hour

A boat can take up to 4 adults or equivalent.

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please read our full terms and conditions.

You can also print and sign the terms and conditions document and bring it with you in order to speed up your booking.