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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

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

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.

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

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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