Beat 1 & 2

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FOLLOW A4 INTO READING FROM JUNCTION 12 OF M4, THROUGH SHORT SECTION OF DUAL CARRIAGEWAY. AT GEORGE AND DRAGON PUB ON LEFT HAND SIDE, TURN RIGHT AT TRAFFIC LIGHTS INTO BURGHFIELD ROAD. GO OVER RIVER KENNET AND CUNNING MAN PUB ON RIGHT HAND SIDE. PARKING IN ROAD BY SIDE OF BRIDGE OR RESTRICTED PARKING IN THE CUNNING MAN CAR PARK ADJACENT TO RIVER.

BEAT 1

BRONZE PERMIT 24HR FISHING

 

A lightly fished venue which contains specimen chub and perch plus the occasional carp.

BEAT 2

BRONZE PERMIT 24HR FISHING

One of our more productive beats for good size barbel and chub with some decent roach and perch and the occasional bream.


Note - There is some limited parking at the bottom of Circuit lane , 5 minutes walk to the lock at the top of the stretch.

POSTCODE RG30 3RB (cunning man)

LENGTH 425yrds

TIMES 1hr before sunrise to 1hr after sunset or 9pm (whichever is later)

No Close Season Fishing - CLOSED March 15th - June 15th

 

Beat 3a & 3b

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From Junction 11 of M4 follow A33, Car Park on A33 adjacent to Kia car sales, go past the Madjeski Stadium, past B & Q on left, through traffic lights, then 1st left signposted Civic Amenity Site (tip).  Opposite site entrance turn right, down lane, public car park at end of lane.

BEAT 3 (A&B)

BRONZE PERMIT 24HR FISHING

A. section is a gently flowing canal venue with perch, roach and dace making up most bags, backed by the occasional good chub. Some decent pike have been reported from this section.

B. section is also known as the backwater, holding barbel and chub to specimen sizes with reasonable numbers stocks of roach, dace and perch. Also some big pike reported in recent years.

LENGTH 1100yrds (both sections)

TIMES 1hr before sunrise to 1hr after sunset or 9pm (whichever is later)

No Close Season Fishing - CLOSED March 15th - June 15th

 

Beat 4

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FROM JUNCTION 11 OF M4 FOLLOW A33 TO READING, GO PAST THE MADJESKI STADIUM, PAST B & Q ON LEFT, THROUGH TRAFFIC LIGHTS, THEN 1ST LEFT SIGNPOSTED CIVIC AMENITY SITE (TIP).  OPPOSITE SITE ENTRANCE TURN RIGHT, DOWN LANE, PUBLIC CAR PARK AT END OF LANE.  ALSO SOME LIMITED ROADSIDE PARKING AT WATERWORKS ENTRANCE NEXT ROUNDABOUT ON A33

 

BEAT 4

 

BRONZE PERMIT 24HR FISHING

 

A mixed fishery that has produced specimen sized barbel and chub along with some good catches of bream at times. There’s a reasonable head of roach, dace and perch with stick float tactics usually the favoured method.

 

POSTCODE RG2 0HP

LENGTH 1350 yds, some double bank.

A Section from Fobney Island end of Beat 3 to A33 Bridge.

B Section from A33 bridge to White Bridge (Beat 5).

TIMES 1hr before sunrise to 1hr after sunset or 9pm (whichever is later)

No Close Season Fishing - CLOSED March 15th - June 15th

 

Beat 5

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FROM JUNCTION 11 OF M4 FOLLOW A33 TO READING, THEN FOLLOW A4 NEWBURY, AT TRAFFIC LIGHTS TURN RIGHT THEN 1ST LEFT OR RIGHT TO PARK ON ROADSIDE ADJACENT TO RIVER KENNET.  CAN ALSO BE ACCESSED FROM BEAT 4 BUT A LONG WALK. NO CAR PARK PROVIDED, SIDE OF ROAD PARKING ONLY. (Car Park on A33 for Bottom end of Beat 4 and top end of Beat 5 adjacent to Kia car sales)

BEAT 5

BRONZE PERMIT 24HR FISHING

The swims up from the Berkeley Avenue Road Bridge are known for chub with the occasional large barbel. Roach, dace and perch are present in good numbers at certain times and even trout can be found this far downstream.

 

POSTCODE RG2 0JZ

LENGTH 1300YRDS

A Section from White Bridge to Holybrook mouth.

B Section from Holybrook mouth to end of venue.

TIMES 1hr before sunrise to 1hr after sunset or 9pm (whichever is later)

No Close Season Fishing - CLOSED March 15th - June 15th

 

Burghfield River

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At George and Dragon Pub on left hand side, turn right at traffic lights into Burghfield Leave M4 Junction 12, on A4 to Reading, dual carriageway ends at 1st roundabout, carry on through next section of dual carriageway, past Reg Vardy Ford on right, 2nd traffic lights (George and Dragon Pub), turn right on to Burghfield Road.  Over railway and canal/river, restricted parking at Cunning Man Pub on right hand side, parking on left-hand side of Burghfield road. 

BURGHFIELD RIVER

BRONZE PERMIT 24HR FISHING

 

A good mixed fishery which has produced barbel to over 14lbs and chub to well over 6lbs in recent seasons. Decent stick float fishing for roach, perch and dace at times and the occasional big trout and specimen roach. The area below the lock is a useful back up spot when the main river is in flood and often holds good pike plus some reasonable perch and big chub.

POSTCODE RG30 3RB (cunning man)

LENGTH 1270yrds

TIMES 1hr before sunrise to 1hr after sunset or 9pm (whichever is later)

No Close Season Fishing - CLOSED March 15th - June 15th

 

Calcot A & B

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LEAVE M4 JUNCTION 12, ON A4 TO READING, DUAL CARRIAGEWAY ENDS AT 1ST ROUNDABOUT, CARRY ON THROUGH NEXT SECTION OF DUAL CARRIAGEWAY, PAST REG VARDY FORD ON RIGHT, 2ND TRAFFIC LIGHTS (GEORGE AND DRAGON PUB), TURN RIGHT ON TO BURGHFIELD ROAD.  OVER RAILWAY AND CANAL/RIVER, PAST CUNNING MAN PUB TAKE NEXT RIGHT (MILL ROAD), FOLLOW THIS UNTIL ROW OF COTTAGES IN FRONT, TURN RIGHT OVER LITTLE BRIDGE THEN THROUGH LOCKED GATE DOWN GRAVEL ROAD TO RIVER, SECURE CAR PARKING ON RIGHT.

 

CALCOT RIVER

 

BRONZE PERMIT 24HR FISHING

 

A good mixed fishery with secure car parking holding some specimen sized barbel particularly on the upstream end (Arrowhead) with the deeper downstream end holding good numbers of quality bream and perch and the occasion big carp. Chub are in reasonable numbers all the way through the venue with fish to 6lbs together with some quality roach.

POSTCODE RG30 3TA

LENGTH 1790 yrds

TIMES 1hr before sunrise to 1hr after sunset or 9pm (whichever is later)

 

No Close Season Fishing - CLOSED March 15th - June 15th

 

SECURE CAR PARK AT RIVERS EDGE

 

Holybrook – Hayrick Meadow

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FOLLOW DIRECTIONS FOR CALCOT VENUE, PARK AND WALK ACROSS HISSEYS BRIDGE AND ACROSS HAYRICK MEADOW TO VENUE

 

HAYRICK MEADOW – HOLYBROOK

An ideal venue for those that like to stalk small river/stream chub and barbel.

Best fish in warmer months if the main river is in flood, chances of decent roach and perch too.

No Close Season Fishing - CLOSED March 15th - June 15th

 

Lower Benyons

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FOLLOW A4 NEWBURY FROM JUNCTION 12 M4 AT SECOND ROUNDABOUT TURN LEFT INTO WIGMORE LANE, PARK ADJACENT TO CONIFER HEDGE ON LEFT HAND SIDE.  FOR WESTERN END OF  VENUE CONTINUE OVER SECOND ROUNDABOUT ON A4 AND TAKE THE NEXT TURNING LEFT, OVER RIVER AND PUBLIC CAR PARK ON RIGHT HAND SIDE.

 

LOWER BENYONS

 

Divided into three sections all of which have produced specimen barbel, perch and chub. A historic venue, deeply seated in the annals of barbel fishing, with plenty of cover, deep bends and attractive fish holding features. This venue holds the current RDAA records for Barbel and Brown Trout.

 

POSTCODE RG7 5HH

 

LENGTH 1916 yrds

TIMES 1hr before sunrise to 1hr after sunset (no 9pm rule)

 

NO NIGHT FISHING

NO UNACCOMPANIED DAY TICKETS

No Close Season Fishing - CLOSED March 15th - June 15th

 

Padworth Mill

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FROM JUNCTION 12 M4 TAKE A4 TOWARDS NEWBURY, CONTINUE FOR 4 MILES TO ROUNDABOUT WITH A340 ALDERMASTON. TURN LEFT ON THIS ROAD , TURN LEFT INTO MILL LANE, CONTINUE DOWN TO JUST PAST LAST HOUSE  ON LEFT AND THERE IS PARKING SPACE FOR FOUR CARS BY LARGE HORSE CHESTNUT TREE. DO NOT EXCEED FOUR CARS.

PADWORTH MILL

NIGHT FISHING PERMITTED ON GENERAL PERMIT

Adjoining the renowned Aldermaston mill section, this is traditionally an underfished venue due to the reasonably long walk putting some anglers off. However, we have secured permission for limited car parking in Mill Road [SEE MAP]
There are some very big barbel, perch and chub that reside here along with the odd large carp.

POSTCODE RG7 4LL

LENGTH 660 yrds

NO DOGS ON VENUE

No Close Season Fishing - CLOSED March 15th - June 15th

 

Theale River

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LEAVE M4 JUNCTION 12 ON A4 TO NEWBURY, TURN LEFT AT 1ST ROUNDABOUT, RIGHT AT NEXT ROUNDABOUT, RIGHT AT NEXT ROUNDABOUT, LEFT AT NEXT ROUNDABOUT, OVER RAILWAY BRIDGE TOWARDS BURGHFIELD.  OVER RIVER AND CANAL, TURN LEFT AFTER CANAL BRIDGE INTO PUBLIC CAR PARK FOR THE CANAL.

 

THEALE RIVER

 

BRONZE PERMIT 24HR FISHING

 

This stretch holds some large barbel to over 14lbs and chub to 7lbs, particularly at the upstream end and lower down near the canal mouth. Specimen perch are present throughout, along with the occasional tench and some bream. At times good bags of roach and dace will fall to stick float tactics.

 

POSTCODE RG7 4BD

 

LENGTH 1270 yrds

TIMES 1hr before sunrise to 1hr after sunset or 9pm (whichever is later)

No Close Season Fishing - CLOSED March 15th - June 15th

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE NORTH BANK IS NOW NON FISHING.

 

Ufton River

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FOLLOW A4 NEWBURY FROM JUNCTION 12 M4 OVER TWO ROUNDABOUTS, JUST BEFORE DUAL CARRIAGEWAY AND OPPOSITE THE WINNING HAND PUB, TURN LEFT, GO OVER CANAL AND RIVER, CAR PARK ON LEFT. ALTERNATIVE CAR PARK AT UFTON BRIDGE OR THE PUBLIC CAR PARK AT TYLE MILL BRIDGE (SEE LOWER BENYONS).

 

UFTON RIVER

 

A productive, double banked section of largely canalised river holding chub, barbel and perch in reasonable numbers and to specimen sizes. The upper section is faster flowing and fishes well in the Summer and Autumn for roach, dace and chub. The lower section is much deeper and fishes well in winter months. Large dace can show here in good bags with roach in numbers along with trout. There are some big carp and bream here too and the occasional grayling.

 

BRONZE PERMIT 24HR FISHING

POSTCODE RG7 4HG

LENGTH 600yrds (double bank)

TIMES 1hr before sunrise to 1hr after sunset or 9pm (whichever is later)

No Close Season Fishing - CLOSED March 15th - June 15th

 

Upper Benyons

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FOLLOW A4 NEWBURY FROM JUNCTION 12 M4 OVER TWO ROUNDABOUTS, ON TO DUAL CARRIAGEWAY  TURN LEFT AT COURTYARD HOTEL SIGNPOSTED PADWORTH. OVER RAILWAY AND CANAL BRIDGES AND RDAA CAR PARK IS ON LEFT JUST AFTER SWING BRIDGE. USE UFTON CAR PARK FOR THE BOTTOM END OF VENUE.  CARS ARE NOT PERMITTED ON THE BANKSIDE, GATEWAYS OR FIELDS.

 

UPPER BENYONS

 

BRONZE PERMIT 24HR FISHING (NORTH BANK ONLY)

 

Perhaps one of the most stunning stretches of the Lower Kennet with fast runs and attractive, sweeping bends. Historically this was the most prolific barbel stretch on the whole river but is now a venue in transition. Large barbel and chub can still be found along with very large wild brown trout and some decent pike. Perch can be found to specimen sizes and there are shoals of dace and roach on the lower sections with a number of good fish amongst them. Grayling have been stocked recently and seem to be doing well.

 

POST CODE   RG7 4HY

 

LENGTH 2500 YRDS

 

TIMES 1hr before sunrise to 1hr after sunset (no 9pm rule)

No Close Season Fishing - CLOSED March 15th - June 15th

Our colleagues at the Wild Trout Trust believe that Upper Benyon’s has the best potential to deliver quality spring fly fishing for large wild trout, particularly in the Mayfly Season. The venue has produced fish to five pounds to both fly and coarse anglers.

We have established a specific 20 RDAA member trout section and are inviting applications from new and existing members. The annual cost is an extra £50 for existing members and £70 for new recruits plus, of course the usual annual subscription.

Applications are now open and members should drop a line to rdaatrout@gmail.com to register an interest and explain why you’d like to be considered for membership