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Launch Site Address

Paper Mill Lock, North Hill, Little Baddow

Chelmsford Hot Air Balloon Ride

Fun & Interesting Facts

The UK’s first ever public audio broadcast was made from Chelmsford in June 1920. Said to have been received as far away as Newfoundland in Canada, it featured Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba.


Beautiful Essex landscapes await when you take to the skies for a stunning Chelmsford hot air balloon ride adventure.

Go up, up and away on the airborne experience of a lifetime and enjoy glorious views of eastern England from on high.

No other experience compares to the unique combination of tranquillity and exhilaration of a balloon flight.

Hop on board our big red balloon and go wherever the wind takes you for a sky-high adventure you will never forget.

Our Chelmsford hot air balloon ride offers gorgeous views stretching out in every direction.

Keep an eye out for the picturesque Hanningfied Reservoir to the south and the historic Hylands House to the west.

Another landmark to look out for is the 15th century Tudor Manor House with its own moat, picturesque gardens, lakes and over 100 acres of grass and woodland.

Paper Mill Lock Meadow sits opposite Paper Mill Lock and Tea Rooms (see their website for details of facilities) along the side of the River Chelmer to the East of Chelmsford.


Heading East away from London, exit the A12 at Junction 20A for Hatfield Peverel and follow the slip road round crossing back over the main road. At the T-junction, turn right onto the B1137 signposted for Chelmsford. After 3/4 mile, having passed Hatfield Place and Crix on your left, turn left onto Mowden Hall Lane (continues onto North Hill) signposted for Little Baddow.

Heading west on the A12, exit at Junction 20B for Hatfield Peverel B1137. At the T-junction turn left and then at the roundabout take the second exit continuing straight. After 1.2 miles, having passed Hatfield Place and Crix on your left, turn left onto Mowden Hall Lane (continues onto North Hill) signposted for Little Baddow.

After 1.5 miles you will come to Paper Mill Bridge, cross the river and park on the gravel on the left.

Meeting Instructions

On the left hand side of the road next to the bridge is a picnic area where the crew will meet you.

Use What3Words - 'shams.blackbird.bribing'.

Passenger Flight Information Line

Please call 01376 317027 to confirm the status of your flight.

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Your Pilot Will Be:

Martin Collinson

Look forward to... floating on air exceptional views breath-taking heights going with the wind the world at your feet

Last Minute Availability

Flexible On When You Can Fly?