River Loddon, Stanford End

Brief description of fishery:

The Stanford End fishery is over a mile of the River Loddon, in two separate stretches, each with its own car park. Its main species are chub to over 6lb, perch to over 2lb, and barbel to over 15lb. Pike, dace, roach and trout are also present. Weed can be a problem and there are extensive beds of bulrushes (genuine bulrush, growing on gravel, not giant reed mace which grows on silt).

The prohibited area must not be fished (see insert on map). No dogs. Trout fishing, browns and the odd rainbow, (artificial fly only) from 1st April during coarse fish close season. Cattle, including bulls, can be present on the downstream length, they are docile, but there is plenty of room so just give them a wide berth. Night fishing is permitted.

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

Fishery rules

  1. General
    1. Always display your car permit in your windscreen
    2. No dogs. This is farmland and the owners will not allow them.
    3. Hooks must be barbless for size 16 & larger. Smaller hooks may be barbless or micro-barbed.
    4. Keepnets are allowed but for silverfish only, no barbel or game fish.
    5. Respect the farmers’ fields and stick to the paths.
    6. Ensure that gates are kept closed and locked at all times.
    7. Absolutely no fishing in the out of bounds areas (clearly displayed on map)
  2. Night Fishing
    1. Night fishing is allowed
  3. Parking
    1. Cars must be parked in the designated car parks only (see map).
  4. Close season
    1. No coarse fishing is allowed between 15th March and 15th June. However, fly only trout fishing is allowed from 1st April to 30th September. All fish must be returned alive.


Standford End is approx. 7 miles south of Junction 11 of the M4 in the heart of Berkshire. From the M4, travel down the A33 before turning right onto Barge Lane. This is the first right turn after you cross the R Loddon. Society car park B is about 1/2 mile  from the turning on the right hand side of Barge Lane and Society car park A is at the end of Barge Lane and its junction with Welsh Lane.

What3Words – Car park ‘A’ ///bunny.perfumed.overhead
Car park ‘B’ ///thick.essay.carefully

Access & Parking

Parking must only be in the Society car parks.


  • Barbel
  • Chub
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Roach