River Whitewater, Riseley Mill

Brief description of fishery:

This stretch of the river Whitewater starts around 100yards downstream of Risleley Mill which is private and is split equally into one very public area and one private field which the general public cant access. Summer depths vary from just a couple of inches to not much more than three feet (add a foot in the winter) and runs for around 1000m in its entirety.

Once parked in Wellesley Water Meadow car park, height restriction of 2.1m, my advice would be to exit this through the gate on the right-hand side, before walking down the main track in the middle of the field to the tree line in the distance. This will bring you midway through the upper public part and is probably one of the most reliable areas on this stretch as within the copse of trees there is a nice constant run, around two feet deep in summer, where you can trot and float down or cast a small feeder. Heading upstream from here is generally very shallow and difficult to fish as the bankside bushes makes it almost unfishable. Below this copse the river has a few nice deeper areas, however in the summer the Himalayan Balsam does take over, making access somewhat difficult as does the other waterside vegetation. Saying this it’s probably best now to mention this stretch really does come into its own late autumn and winter, as do most rivers once the bankside vegetation and streamer weed dies away. Another point to make is this area is very popular with dog walkers and they are not accustomed to seeing many anglers so expect the odd dog to go for a swim, especially in the middle of the day. If this happens then there is no need to get frustrated, the fish are used to it and will regroup very quickly, in fact hooking and playing a chub or lively trout will do more damage!

The fence next to the river marks the midway point and to access the private field you will have to climb over the fence. As with all gates please make sure you leave them as you find them! This stretch is really narrow as the far bank trees have grown right across the river and apart from the last swim, that can be productive on the float, it really is a small feeder or link ledger area.

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

Fishery rules

  1. General
    1. Ensure that gates are kept closed and locked at all times.
    2. Respect the farmers’ fields and stick to the paths.
    3. Dogs are allowed but must be on a lead and under control at all times.
    4. Hooks must be barbless for size 16 & larger. Smaller hooks may be barbless or micro-barbed.
    5. Keepnets are allowed but for silverfish only, no barbel or game fish.
  2. Night Fishing
    1. Night fishing is allowed
  3. Parking
    1. Cars must be parked in the public car park on Mill Road.
  4. Closed 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.


Riseley Mill 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 left onto the B3349, signposted for the Wellington Country Park. At the roundabout turn right on the B3349. Take the first left onto an un-named road. At the T junction turn left and the car park is a short way along on your right.

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Nearest postcode – RG7 1XU

Access & Access

Cars must be parked in the public car park on Mill Road.




  • Barbel
  • Brown Trout
  • Chub
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Roach