river kennet, axford beat

Fishery name: Kennet at Axford

Extent: 1 mile single and double bank

Fish species: wild and stocked brown trout

Maximum number of rods: 1 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday

Season: May 1st until September 30th

Booking required? Yes   Bookings page

Guests: No

River level: https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Map/Summary/1082/1157


Parking: https://maps.app.goo.gl/wY1Ur9JvoXsBJLmN8          w3w///cooks.sand.pampering

Fishing notes:

From Axford village main street (the road between Ramsbury and Marlborough) proceed down Stone Lane (opposite the garage repair shop and coal merchant), crossing the bridge over the Kennet and a small bridge over a carrier before turning left at the next junction. Follow the lane until reaching a flint cottage in front of you & turn left again down a short track behind a couple of large rocks. Bear right through a locked gateway (gate code to be provided on booking). After a short distance the grass track angles left to the car parking area.

From the car park the fishing extends upstream on the true right bank (looking downstream) to a footbridge, transferring across the bridge and through a locked gate to the left bank all the way up to the stone road bridge which is the top boundary. Downstream of the car park the fishing is mainly right bank. The channel dog legs at the big hatch pool (opposite the fishing hut) extending down to the stone bridge below Priory Farm. Cross over to fish the last short section from the left bank.

The fishery has a dedicated River Keeper, mown level banks, secure off-road parking, a WC and a fishing hut.

Fishery specific rules are UPSTREAM DRY FLY ONLY until August 1st, barbless hooks, single fly, catch and release for wild brown trout.   One brace of stocked fish may be taken, but you must STOP fishing after catching 4 trout of over 12”.  All visits to be recorded as below, including blank days. Members should always fish upstream and, when walking down their chosen arm of the river, must keep well back from the fishing margin and always give other rods at least one hundred yards upstream travel.  No wading, guests or dogs allowed.

Recommended tackle: 7’6” to 9’ rod, #3 to 5 line