River Kennet at Hambridge, Newbury

Brief description of fishery:

The fishery comprises approx. 1.4 miles of the River Kennet, part natural river and part canalised river. Between the upstream end at Ham Bridge the Society controls both banks of natural river to immediately below the railway bridge on the north bank and to the barbed wire fence adjacent to Bull’s Lock on the south bank. Below the railway bridge the Society controls the south bank of the now canalised river as far as the weir where the river leaves the canalised length. This length of natural river extends as far as the entrance into the woods, an obvious natural boundary. This length is known as Fidler’s water, and the fishing is reserved for CSAS members and their TMT guests, not water sharing agreement ticket holders.

Fly fishing and lure fishing (no longer than two inches, single barbless hook) for trout is permitted from 1st April during the coarse fish close season.

If you have any questions or you would like further information on this water please contact the fishery manager.

Fishery rules

  1. General
    1. The fishery comprises an extensive stretch of the River Kennet. Between Hambridge and immediately below the railway bridge the Society controls both banks with the exception of the short stretch of south bank immediately behind Bull’s Lock. Below the railway bridge the Society’s fishing rights extend along the south bank as far as the third sharp left-hand bend (see map). Water sharing agreement ticket holders are not permitted to fish the stretch of this venue known as “Fidlers Water” (i.e., all of the fishery below the weir as shown on the fishery map) which is reserved for members only and their TMT guests.
    2. Electricity power cables are present and cross the river in several places. Exercise extreme caution and at all times “Look Out. Look Up! Notices indicate where fishing is banned because of power cables.
    3. Members proceeding on foot under the railway bridge should be aware of pedestrians and other road users. Wading can be dangerous as the riverbed is very uneven – care must be exercised.
    4. To fish the upper reaches of the fishery, use the Society’s small vehicle park on the north bank by Hambridge which gives access to both banks on the upper part of the venue (see Upper Hambridge map).
      Parking
    5. Members must park in one of the car parks shown on the maps. They are not permitted to take vehicles along the bank unless instructed to do so by the honorary fisheries officer or his representative.
    6. The upstream entrance is in Hambridge Road (B3421). The gate is on the left side immediately before the river bridge if coming from the A4. This vehicle park is secured by a Society padlock which must be kept locked at all times.
    7. To fish the middle and lower reaches of the fishery members may park either in Hambridge Lane clear of the local traffic, or cross the swing bridge over the canal, pass through the gate and park in Bull’s Lock car park (see Upper Hambridge map). This is a shared facility with Newbury AS and is secured by a combination padlock having a common code number. This must be kept locked at all times. Parking in the space adjacent to Pallet’s Pool is not permitted.
    8. Members wishing to fish the canal length or Fidler’s should park in the lower car park just below the railway bridge (see Lower Hambridge map). This vehicle park is secured by a Society padlock which must be kept locked at all times.
  2. Night fishing
    1. Night fishing is allowed by members and their TMT guests. No member may be on the fishery for more than 48 hours, after which he/she must remove all items of equipment and must not return to the fishery before 24 hours have passed.
  3. Close season
    1. No coarse fishing is allowed between 15th March and 15th June. However, trout fishing is allowed from 1st April to 30th September. The trout season is from 1 April to 30 September inclusive. Fishing by dry fly, wet fly and artificial lure, not more than 2 in/5cm in length fitted with a single barbless hook, is permitted in the river between 1 April and 15 June.  All fish taken must be carefully returned to the water.

Address

From the north leave the M4 at either junction 12 (Theale) or 13 (Newbury). Leaving at J13 follow signs for Newbury before turning left onto the A4. From J12 follow the A4. Both look for signs to Newbury Racecourse and turn off the A4 onto the B3421.

From the south follow the A339 towards Newbury town centre and then turn right onto the B3421 just before you cross the R Kennet.

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Access & Parking

Members must park in one of the car parks shown on the maps. They are not permitted to take vehicles along the bank unless instructed to do so by the honorary fisheries officer or his representative.

The upstream entrance is on Hambridge Road (B3421). The gate is on the left side immediately before the river bridge if coming from the A4. This vehicle park is secured by a Society padlock which must be kept locked at all times.

To fish the middle and lower reaches of the fishery members may park either in Hambridge Lane clear of the local traffic, or cross over the canal swing bridge, pass through the gate and park in Bull’s Lock car park (see Upper Hambridge map). This is a shared facility with Newbury AS and is secured by a combination padlock having a common code number. This must be kept locked at all times. Parking in the space adjacent to Pallet’s Pool is not permitted.

Members wishing to fish the canal length or Fidler’s should park in the lower car park just below the railway bridge (see Lower Hambridge map). This vehicle park is secured by a Society padlock which must be kept locked at all times.

Maps

 

Species

  • Barbel
  • Bream
  • Brown Trout
  • Carp
  • Chub
  • Dace
  • Grayling
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Roach