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RIVER AVON

     

River Venues

Several of the Association's waters are near overhead power lines carrying up to 132,000 volts. These lines are within reach of rods and poles. Members must maintain a safe fishing distance and must NOT carry assembled rods or poles under these power lines. Always look up.

River Avon     

Malmesbury.. Daniel's Well Farm (C) & (T)

Lower Christian Malford

Upper Christian Malford

Lacock Abbey Fields

Lacock Mead Farm

Melksham Queenfield Farm

Melksham Bypass

Avoncliffe

Limpley Stoke

Limpley Stoke Weir

Warleigh

Bathford Candy's Waters

Bathampton Weir (Beefeater Bank)

Bathampton Manor Waters

Windsor Bridge, Bath

Grosvenor, Bath

Swineford

The Crane

River Brue     

Black Bull Bridge

Burtle

River House Farm


Cam Brook (T)

Dunkerton - nr Bath


River Chew     

Bonds Bridge, Chew Magna (T)


Bristol Frome (C)     

Stapleton

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Malmesbury, a picturesque old Cotswold market town with its 12th century Abbey as its’ focal point, is the uppermost point on the Avon open to the coarse angler. Although fishing is difficult when the water is clear it has produced roach and perch of over 3lb and carp of 20lb plus in the past two seasons. Our water at Malmesbury is one of the few places where it is possible to catch that elusive 2lb plus roach from shoals of similar size fish.

From Malmesbury the river meanders its way downstream through Sutton Benger then Christian Malford to the market town of Chippenham. This stretch has many weirs barbel, chub and roach predominate in the faster water with large bream shoals in the deeper runs. Individual records include a monster pike of over 33lb and the almost unbelievable tench of 12lb 7oz caught by Rick Seal from Cardiff in the river at Christian Malford in November 1998.

Further downstream at Lacock, the river passes by this National Trust village, best known for its Abbey and as the home of early photographer Fox-Talbot, and onto Melksham. Match weights often exceed 30lb on the upper reaches to perhaps 60lb on the lower reaches near Melksham (if the bream are feeding!). Large barbel are easy to locate and catch on this stretch of river.

The river continues to Staverton, then Bradford on Avon with its old church, Tythe Barn, and antique shops (a great tourist spot). Then on to our long stretch between the weir at Avoncliffe and Limpley Stoke (with Freshford on the opposite bank) which provides a magnificent variety of fishing for chub, roach, dace, barbel and bream. The Limpley Stoke weir is a favoured haunt for night fishing for barbel. For much of its course after leaving Wiltshire, the Avon marks the traditional boundary between Somerset and Gloucestershire. The river drops down through Warleigh in a steep valley, here the water runs fast through pools and weed beds and shelters huge barbel. One recorded at 15½lb weight, is very close to the national rod caught record. Roach, dace, chub, tench, perch and bream flourish in this stretch.

There are some sections of the river in Malmesbury, Bath, Saltford, Keynsham and Bristol that are considered “free fishing".

DANIEL'S WELL

UPPER CHRISTIAN MALFORD

LOWER CHRISTIAN MALFORD

LACOCK ABBEY FIELDS

Directions:

Approach from Chippenham on the B4069. Just prior to the river bridge at Christian Malford is a gate and large car park on the right hand side. The waters extend from the car park downstream for approximately one and half miles; (one medium size field and one very large field).

PLEASE NOTE THE WEIR POOL ABOVE THE BRIDGE IS PRIVATE AND NOT OUR WATERS.

BEWARE THERE ARE OVERHEAD POWER CABLES ON THIS STRETCH OF WATER.

Directions:

Approach on the B4069 from Chippenham. On crossing over the river bridge at Christian Malford turn first left into Avonweir lane by the chapel. Follow this lane for approximately 300m to where it opens out with two farm gates on the right hand side. Parking is on the gravelled area between two gates. DO NOT BLOCK EITHER GATEWAY. Access on to the waters is through the second gate. The fishing rights extend for three large fields upstream to just below Seagry Weir, approximately two miles. Access to the upper meadows is along the path under the M4 bridge adjacent to the river.

BEWARE THERE ARE OVERHEAD POWER CABLES CLOSE TO SEAGRY WEIR

Directions:

Access is from two points. From the A429 Malmesbury “By Pass” approaching from Chippenham turn towards the town centre and then immediately left into Burton Hill where parking can be found. Entrance to the waters is via the swing gate located to the left of the bridge. Alternative access can be obtained by continuing over the river bridge, along the High Street and turning left at the “T” junction opposite the Market Cross. Follow this road past the Abbey ruins to the next “T” junction turning towards Sherston. Approximately 450m along this road turn left for Foxley, cross over the river around a sharp bend and a parking area will be found on the left outside a large barn.

DO NOT PARK IN FRONT OF THE DOORWAYS TO THE BARN OR ON THE TRACK TO THE FARM JUST BEFORE THE BEND

Access to the water is via the style located just before the bridge.Fishing Rights extend from the bridge downstream for four fields to the town bridge, approximately one and half miles.

CAUTION !!! OVERHEAD HIGH VOLTAGE CABLES ARE PRESENT IN THREE DIFFERENT PLACES ON THIS WATER.

LACOCK MEAD FARM

Directions:  nearest Sat Nav postcode SN15 2LG

From the A350 Lacock by-pass between Chippenham and Melksham enter Lacock Village and follow the signs for the public car park at the rear of the Red Lion Public House in the high street. From this car park go right past the main entrance to Lacock Abbey and approximately 50m pass the entrance to the car park, there is a large wooden farm gate with a sign stating “No Entry to Lacock Abbey”. Pass through this gate and down to the waters.

Please note that the main tourist car park on the Bowden Hill Road is now locked at night and does not open until approximately 10.00am in the morning.

Fishing rights extend from Lacock Bridge up stream left hand bank for three fields.

PARKING IN THE PUBLIC CAR PARK ONLY.

Parking on the roadside verge either side of Lacock Bridge is expressly forbidden.

BEWARE OF OVERHEAD ELECTRIC POWER CABLES

Night fishing by special permit only.

Directions:

From the A350 Lacock bypass between Chippenham and Melksham enter Lacock village and follow the signs for the public car park. On leaving the car park turn right and follow the road to Lacock bridge. Fishing rights extend downstream of the bridge on the right hand bank for one very large field followed by two smaller ones for approximately one and half miles. Mead Farm is located on the left hand bank downstream and consists of six fields approximately one and half miles to the start of Queenfield Farm Fishery. There is no other suitable parking other than the public car park at Lacock village.

Night fishing by special permit only.

LACOCK QUEENFIELD FARM

Directions:

From the A350 Lacock bypass, go through Lacock village, over Lacock road bridge towards Bowden Hill. Approximately one third of a mile over the bridge, the Bell Inn Public house will be seen on the right. Take the next turning right approximately 100m past the Pub signed posted “Melksham”. This is Forest Road. Follow this lane for approximately two and half miles around a series of bends until a long straight section of road is reached. Appproximately quarter of mile along this straight there is a track on the right marked by two dust bins with “ Fry & Bourne” written on them. Take this track approximately one mile across the fields to Queenfield Farm yard. Enter the yard and the car park will be seen on the left hand side (sign displayed). To access the waters walk through the two gates from the farm yard into the fields behind. The waters extend for three fields left and downstream of this point and two fields right & upstream to Mead Farm waters. (approximately two miles)

CAUTION OVERHEAD HIGH VOLTAGE ELECTRIC CABLES PRESENT

Directions:

Approximately 150m on the left hand bank upstream from the A350 Melksham By-pass bridge behind the electricity sub-station. The entrance is off the by-pass roundabout through the gate near the traffic island which has good hard standing for cars - unfortunately this venue is presently unfishable.

MELKSHAM BY_PASS WATERS

Directions:

Two access points are available for this water. From the A36 Bath to Warminster road turn left onto the B3108 towards Bradford-on-Avon at the Viaduct Hotel approximately five miles out of Bath. Follow this road around a series of bends and pass under the railway bridge at Limpley Stoke, cross over the river bridge and park in the big lay-by on the left.

nearest Sat Nav postcode BA2 7FL

Access is across the weir field and down a track to the waters which continue uninterrupted upstream to just below the next weir at Avoncliff, approximately three miles in total. To reach the upper end of the waters continue up Winsley Hill from Limpley Stoke bridge at the top of the hill turn right into Winsley village then turn right at the signpost for Turleigh as you leave the village. Follow this lane for approximately one and half miles then turn very sharp right for Avoncliff (No through road). A car park will be found alongside the canal basin and aqueduct.

nearest Sat Nav ref: Avoncliffe Network Rail Station

Access to the waters is via the steps at the rear of the railway halt. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE WEIR POOL AT AVONCLIFF IS PRIVATE AND NOT OUR WATERS – FISHING STARTS AT THE FENCE JUST TO THE LEFT OF THIS ACCESS POINT. The water is divided into three match zones; zone 1 is from Avoncliff Weir to the fence just below the railway bridge. Zone 2 is from the railway bridge to opposite the outfall of the Freshford Sewerage Works. Zone 3 is from the outfall to just above Limpley Stoke Weir.

Night fishing by special permit only.

AVONCLIFFE TO LIMPLEY STOKE, ZONES 1-3

LIMPLEY STOKE, HAYDEN"S FIELD AND THE CABBAGE PATCH

Directions:

Two access points are available, the first is via the level crossing gate located on the B3108 approximately 350m from the A36 traffic lights opposite the Viaduct Hotel, at a very sharp right hand bend PLEASE PARK SENSIBLY; DO NOT BLOCK THE LEVEL CROSSING GATES. The second access point is along the base of the railway embankment on the Winsley side of Limpley Stoke railway bridge. Park in the lay-by just over the bridge. ACCESS THROUGH THE RESTAURANT GROUNDS IS FORBIDDEN.

The fishing rights extend from the mouth of the Midford Brook upstream to the gardens at the rear of the restaurant approximately one half mile.

Bank digging if strictly forbidden at this venue.

Night fishing is by special permit only.

Directions:

Travelling from Bath on the A36 for five miles, park in the long lay-by adjacent to Monkton Combe garage. At the end of this lay-by is a lane down to the canal and Dundas Aqueduct. Follow this lane and cross over the canal via the bridge to the left of the aqueduct, then over the river via the aqueduct. A path leads down to the river at the rear of the Monkton Combe School boathouse. Fishing rights extend for one large field right hand bank downstream of the aqueduct and two fields upstream on the same bank. Please note the steps down to the boathouse are private and should not be used. NIGHT FISHING BY SPECIAL PERMIT ONLY.

WARLEIGH WATERS

BATHFORD - CANDY"S

Directions:

From Bath take the A4 towards Chippenham. On reaching the large roundabout for the Batheaston by-pass take the OLD A4 towards Batheaston village. Turn right just past the Wagon & Horses Public House down the Toll Bridge Road. Cross the bridge (50p toll payable) and park on the far side on the bridge on the left opposite the entrance to Bathampton Mill (Beefeater Restaurant). If this area is full it is permissible to park just inside the Mill car park. The waters extend for two fields upstream from the Toll Bridge for approximately one and half miles to within one field of Bathford Railway Bridge.

Directions:

From the old A4 in Batheaston turn right down the Toll Bridge Road cross the bridge (30p toll payable) and turn into the Bathampton Mill car park. The fishing rights extend from the weir downstream to the boundary of Meadow Farm.

Park ONLY just inside the entrance NOT down by the restaurant.

BATHAMPTON WEIR POOL & BATHAMPTON MANOR WATERS

Directions:

This is a short section of river on the left hand bank downstream of the Windsor Bridge behind the trading estate as far as the old railway bridge.

Parking is in the public area outside of the trading estate and not within the estate itself.

WINDSOR BRIDGE, BATH

Directions:

Turn down Grosvenor Bridge Road off the A4 as you leave Bath and park on the road near to Grosvenor Foot Bridge. The waters run from the bridge downstream on the right hand bank for approximately three quarters of a mile just behind the Safeway Supermarket, plus one field downstream on the left hand bank from the bridge for approximately 500m.

GROSVENOR, BATH

Directions:

These waters are divided into four sections commencing at the entrance of Pipley Brook Swineford and continuing right hand bank downstream to Keynsham Marina. NO FISHING IN THE MARINA ITSELF. The waters continue from the lock canal behind the marina left hand bank downstream to Jack Whites Cottage a distance of approximately three miles.

Access is from either end of the waters. The upstream access point is from the gate and stile opposite the Swan Inn Swineford on the A431 Bristol to Bath road, approximately half mile past Bitton Village. Parking is in the lay-by opposite the Swan Inn. Access to the lower end is made from the track which is situated between Matthews buildings and the scrap yard. BUT ON FOOT ONLY. EXPRESSLY FORBIDDEN TO DRIVE ANY VEHICLE ALONG THIS TRACK.

There is a car park opposite the marina. The waters commence at the junction of the lock canal behind the marina and continues to Pipley Brook Swineford as mentioned above. The second section commences at the end of the lock canal where it meets with the River Avon and continues downstream right hand bank to the small bridge which goes over Warmley Brook close to Jack Whites Cottage. Access is available to the middle of this stretch of water. From Keynsham marina proceed towards Willsbridge A4175 for approximately half a mile park next to Londonderry Farm (Keep entrances clear) this is limited parking, walk down to the river at Jack Whites Cottage, approximately quarter of a mile.

These waters are fished by arrangement with the Bristol & West of England Federation of Anglers.

BEWARE OF ELECTRIC POWER CABLES.

SWINEFORD & THE CRANE

RIVER BRUE

The land around the Somerset Levels has gradually been drained by natural and man made means. From the 1600's the monks of Glastonbury Abbey oversaw the cutting of a canal west from Glastonbury to become what is now the re-routed River Brue. The River Brue is a small part of a network of drains which over hundreds of years have converted the Somerset saltmarsh into what is now fesh water wetland and patureland. The banks of the River Brue are a haven for wild life and the river is renowned for shoals of large carp, roach, bream and chub. Also large pike and huge eels can be found on the waters we control. In the summer the water is mainly stationary but as the winter rains increase the Environment Agency open sluices to control the exit of water from the Somerset levels on its route to the sea. It can be a challenging but often rewarding place to fish. Over the years our members have reported excellent catches of fish on the waters we control. It is a popular place for holiday anglers who want unique and memorable fishing, but be prepared to talk to the locals who will direct you to the most productive swims.

Directions:

Take the B3139 from Wedmore towards Highbridge and Burnham on Sea; at the village of Mark, turn left following alongside the Mark Drain opposite the White Horse Public House. Follow this lane along a series of bends to the second turning on the left signposted Burtle. Take this road for approximately 1 mile to the first turning right. After turning right for quarter mile, the lane turns very sharp right with a hard but unmade track located on the left. Follow this track to the fourth gate on the left. The fishing rights extend for two fields; the one you enter and the one above is marked by two “Pill Boxes” at each end. Parking is on the verge adjacent to the entry gate.

Please ensure that the track and gates are kept clear for large farm vehicles. Please ensure that gates are securely fastened if you should open them for access.

BLACK BULL BRIDGE, SOMERSET

RIVER HOUSE FARM, BURTLE

Directions:

Follow directions as for Black Bull Bridge, but instead of turning right on the Burtle Road continue on and cross the river at the bridge. Bear left towards Burtle after crossing the bridge for about ¾ mile to a very sharp right-handed bend with a gate on the left. Go through the gate and follow the track around the field to the farm and Green Metal bridge is clearly visible across the field. Park on the grass off the track just prior to the bridge keeping the track and gateways clear.

Fishing rights extend for three fields upstream of the bridge on the right bank, plus two fields upstream on the left bank. Additionally two fields downstream from the parking area and bridge on the right bank are available.

The Cam brook a small river in Somerset rises near Hinton Blewitt, flows through Cameley, Temple Cloud, Camerton, Dunkerton and Combe Hay. It then joins the Wellow Brook at Midford to form Midford Brook before joining the River Avon close to the Dundas Aqueduct.

Along its length are the remains of the Somerset Coal Canal which originally took it's water from Cam brook, and serviced the Somerset coalfield.

The brook has a fair depth in places.

The Cam at Dunkerton – this is long stretch of wonderfully clear trout stream that to the adventuring angling offers excellent fly fishing and float fishing for Trout and Chub. I attach some photos of fish caught this year. Despite the small size of stream the trout (brown and rainbow) go over 2lb and I have witnessed Chub in excess of 4lb. All my fish have been caught on nymph or dry fly fished upstream. - Mike Prior

CAM BROOK

CAM BROOK, DUNKERTON, BATH

SECTION 1

Directions:

Leave Bath on the A367 towards Radstock. After crossing the bridge in Dunkerton Village a large lay-by will be found on the left. Steps lead down to the waters on the Bath side of the bridge. The waters extend uninterrupted for two miles downstream to the next bridge (Combe Hay Bridge). Alternative access to the lower end of the waters can be achieved by turning left off the A367 just before Dunkerton Bridge following this lane to a “T” junction, turning right, and then right again at the next “T” junction towards Wellow. A small parking area will be found on the right just prior to Combe Hay Bridge.

PLEASE DO NOT BLOCK GATEWAYS AT THIS POINT.

Cam Brook contains both trout and coarse fish; special restrictions apply:

Waters open from 1st April to 15th October for trout fishing only. Permitted baits; Worm, Fly and Spinner only.

Coarse fishing allowed from 16th October to 14th March with no bait restrictions but all trout must be returned alive to the water and not retained in keepnets.

SECTION 2

Directions:

Leave Bath on the A367 towards Radstock and turn right just prior to the River Bridge at Dunkerton. This will take you past the Cricket Ground and the Church. A bungalow will be seem on the left, and the lane opens out 50m past this allowing verge parking for three cars. A gateway on the left gives access to a farm bridge over the river. From this bridge the fishing rights extend upstream on both banks (through three more farm bridges) to the next road bridge for approximately one and half miles excluding the fenced area around the sewerage works. Additionally the waters extend downstream for approximately half mile on the right hand bank to Dunkerton Church Bridge. Cam Brook contains both trout and coarse fish and special restrictions apply:

Waters open from 1st April to 15th October for trout fishing only. Permitted baits: Worm, Fly and Spinner only.

Coarse fishing allowed from 16th October to 14th March with no bait restrictions but all trout must be returned alive to the water and not retained in keepnets.

The River Chew which starts at Chewton Mendip enters Chew Valley Reservoir and then travels a distance of approximately 17 miles (27km), including reservoirs, before the River Chew joins its larger cousin The Bristol Avon at Keynsham beneath Avon Bridge, just over the county borderline in South Gloucestershire.

The river runs through a largely rural landscape, punctuated by settlements at Chewton Mendip, Ford, Litton, Sherborne, Coley, South Widcombe, Chew Stoke, Chew Magna, Stanton Drew, Bye Mills, Pensford, Publow, Woollard, Compton Dando, Chewton Keynsham and Keynsham. There are in excess of a dozen mill sites on the river, some of which were noted in the Domesday Book of 1086.

The River Chew is home to a large variety of fish including Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Sea Trout, Salmon, Grayling, Chub, Dace, Perch, Bream, Tench, Carp, Barbel, Crucian Carp, Pike, Roach, Rudd, Gudgeon, Minnow, Miller's Thumb, Brook Lamprey, Stone Loach, Stickleback and Eel. Flounder and Dab can also occasionally be found in the lower reaches at Keynsham in addition to returning elvers. Fish passes have been incorporated into weirs at Keynsham Memorial Park, Albert Mill and Chewton Place, allowing the upstream migration of game species.

RIVER CHEW

Directions:

Turn off the A37 from Bristol onto the B3130 at Pensford towards Chew Magna approximately one quarter mile from the village is a lane between highbanks on the left. Take this lane to the bridge over the river and park on the first paddock on the right over the bridge. (Keep gateway clear). The waters extend from the bridge on the left hand bank upstream from approximately three quarters of a mile to the brook at the top of the upper meadow.

TROUT FISHING ONLY. Open 1st April to 30th September only.

Permitted baits: worm, fly and spinner only.

Maximum 2 trout over 12 inches per person per day may be retained.

BONDS BRIDGE, CHEW MAGNA

The River Frome is a river in South Gloucestershire. The historic spelling was Froom and this is how the name of the river is still pronounced (as in broom).

Twenty miles long, the River Frome rises in Dodington Park in the Cotswolds of Gloucestershire, then follows a roughly south-westerly route towards Bristol. It disappears underground in a culvert at Eastville and reappears in the city centre where the river ends at its confluence with the River Avon, here its last reach forms part of the Floating Harbour. It has two main tributaries (Bradley and Folly Brooks) and a number of smaller ones.

Between Stapleton and Frenchay the river drops nearly 50 ft, and as a result there were a number of corn and other mills. They were undershot mills with no mill ponds - today, all that is left is a wheel at Snuff Mills. From Frenchay Bridge to Snuff Mills the river is navigable, but only by canoe.

THE BRISTOL FROME

Directions:

Turn off the B4058 Frenchay Park Road into Brow Hill and cross over the river bridge into Blackberry Hill.

Road side parking can be found just over the bridge.

The waters extend from the bridge down stream on the left bank to Wickham Hill Bridge and then on both banks to the weir.

THE BRISTOL FROME, STAPLETON

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