Thames Tributaries and Associated Waters

Note: Not all Thames tributaries are listed below. Those excepted can be presumed to be strictly private or minor.


The Cherwell rises in Northamptonshire to the northeast of Banbury. From Banbury, it flows south through Heyford to join the Thames at Christ Church Meadow, Oxford. It is a coarse fish river with roach, chub and dace the main species. There are some ticket and association facilities. Banbury, Oxon C5 miles from Cropredy to Banbury and 12 miles from Nell Bridge to BletchingdonjBB

DT: ATS (The Suitcase, Church Lane, Banbury) or AAA (Banbury and District AA) Bicester, OxonMFishing in area as described on ticket

WT: ATS (J. Wilkins, 39a, James

Street, Oxford and otherTS in area)

See also Oxford Canal at


Associations: Oxford APS; Coventry AA; Birmingham AA.


A tributary of the Colne (Middlesex), the Chess is, like the Derbyshire Wye, a river in which rainbow trout breed naturally. This Buckinghamshire stream flows from a point near Chesham. It is mostly private trout fishing with extremely restricted opportunities for the visitor. COLN

Rising in the Cotswolds, the Coin flows through southern Gloucestershire via Bibury to join the Thames at Lechlade. It is trout fishing, often fly only and with the likeliest access through hotels. Bibury, GlosTi 9- J250 yards at hotelAB DT:(L3)AH (Swan Hotel, Bibury)

Fairford, GlosT -11J miles at


DT: AH (Bull Hotel, Market Place,


Fairford, GlosC (Grayling)T-

Section near inn

DT:AP (Bull Inn, Fairford)

COLNE (Colne Brook) Formed by a meeting of waters near Rickmansworth, the Colne flows south through Uxbridge and West Drayton to join the Thames at Staines. Offering trout (mostly in the upper reaches) and coarse fish, there is some chance for the visiting angler.

Uxbridge, MiddxCSection on

Uxbridge Moor

Free fishing

See also Rickmansworth fishery,

Herts and Larbourne Farm, Iver,



Another river which rises in the Cotswolds, the Evenlode flows through Long Hanborough to join the Thames below Eynsham. Offering trout and coarse fish (mostly roach and dace with some chub), the river is largely private with little chance for the visitor.


A small tributary of the Colne con-taining some trout and coarse fish, this river offers little chance for the visitor.

Watford, HertsCSection of bank inCassiobury Park Free fishing KENNET The most famous tributary of the Thames, the Kennet is rated one of the finest mixed fisheries in England, offering splendid sport with trout and coarse fish. Of the latter, it is particularly noted for barbel. Canalised in parts , the Kennet rises north-west of Yatesbury to flow east through Marlborough, Hungerford, and Newbury to join the right bank of the Thames at Reading. Ticket opportunites on the Kennet are not particularly numerous and associa-tion membership offers the best chance of access for the visitor.

Aldermaston, BerksCimileatthe


DT:AH (Old Mill, Aldermaston)

Newbury, BerksCi mile from upstream to downstream lockAB DT:AP (White House)e Reading, BerksC1 milefrom Duke Street Bridgeto junction with ThamesTP Freefishing

See also Burghfield fishery, Reading, Berks; Thealefishery, Berks; Kennet and Avon Canal, Sulhampstead.


Barbel: 14-0-12 E A Edwards (maggot) 1

Bream: 9-14-0 K Hunt (lob) Nov 1

Chub: 7-4-0 FV Arnold 1

Dace: 1 -3-0 S Annetts (crust) Aug 1

Roach: 3-2-8 D Laycock (flake) Nov 1

Trout: 10-12-0 H Edmunds (cheese)

Aug 1


Rising in Berks, the Loddon strikes north-east through Shinfield to Winnersh where it swings north through Twyford to join the Thames on the right bank just upstream of Wargrave. Though the river has produced some big trout, it is mainly rated for its coarse fishing. Access for visitors can only be described as fair. Stratfield Saye, BerksCSection on StratfieldSaye Estate DT: ARO (Estate Office, Stratfield Saye)

Twyford, BerksCFrom point below A321 road bridgeto Ford (ticket also covers fishing in lake alongside river and in part of St Patrick’s Stream)AB WT: ATS (in area)RO (Leisure Sport, RMC House, High Street, Feltham)

Winnersh, BerksC1Jmilesfrom

Sindlesham Mill to boundary noticeAB

DT: Bor AK (Waterside, Mill Lane,

Winnersh)g (when fully booked for matches)


This river rises near Betchworth in Surrey and meanders north through Dorking, Leatherhead, Cobham and Esher to reach the Thames opposite Hampton Court at East Molesey. Though it contains some trout, the main sport is with coarse fish, especially chub, roach and dace. Access again can only be described as fair.

Association: Walton-on-Thames AS

RAY (Bucks)

This Ray rises south of Buckingham and flows west to join the Cherwell at Islip.

RAY (Wilts)

This other Ray rises west of Swindon and flows north to join the Thames near Castle Eaton. There are chances for visitors.

Bicester, OxonMFishing in area as described on ticket WT: ATS (J. Wilkins, 39a, James Street, Oxford and other TS in area) Purton, GlosC3j miles from a point 2 miles above Blunsden to junction with Thames BB WT: A AA (South Cerney AC)


Rising west of Great Dunmow, this Suffolk river, narrow and fast flowing in its upper reaches, runs south to enter the Thames Estuary in the Greater London area near Beckton. Polluted in its lower reaches, it offers coarse fishing, especially chub, roach, dace and perch, further upstream. Rod Licence: AWA (Essex River Division)

Buckhurst, EssexCFrom Buckhurst Hill Bridgeto Loughton Bridge; from Cascades Railway Bridge to Redbridge and a further section at Woodford Free fishing

Passingford Bridge, EssexC2 mile downstream from bridge’LB DT: B Passingford Bridge, EssexC1 mile upstream from BridgeLB DT:K (Lodge at Bridge)

Stapleford Abbot, EssexCFrom Mill House on A113 down to Arnold’s FarmLB DT: AIF(Arnold’sFarm)


This short water links the Loddon with the Thames to enter the main river downstream of Sonning on the right bank. A coarse fishery, it offers some opportunity for the visitor.

Twyford, BerksjC 1500 yards from

St. Patrick’s Bridge to Loddon Drive


WT: ATS (Named on sign at entry to water) or ARO (Leisure Sport,

RMC House, High Street, Feltham,

Middlesex)! S


Rising in Bucks near Aylesbury, the Thame flows south-west via Thame itself to join the left bank of the Thames at Dorchester. It is coarse fishing with roach, bream, chub and dace the main species. Access is most likely through association membership. Shabbington,OxonC1 mile on Shabbington lslandBB DT: AP (Old Fisherman Inn)

Associations: Birmingham AA; Leighton Buzzard AC; Oxford Waltonian Angling Society. WEY One of the longer Thames tributaries, this Surrey river rises near Alton and flows north-east through the North Downs to Farn-ham then on via Guildford and Woking to join the south bank of the Thames at Weybridge. While offering trout in the higher reaches, the Wey is predominantly a coarse fishery. Though some ticket facilities exist, associations offer the best chance of fishing. Addlestone, SurreyC1000 yards in two sections as indicated by notices and known as the Wey Manor Farm FisherylLB WT: ATS (named on sign at entry to water) or ARO (Leisure Sport, RMC House, High Street, Feltham, Middlesex)! WEY NAVIGATION

Weybridge, SurreyC9 miles from Weybridge to RipleyLB DT:Be Associations: Woking & District AA; Guildford AS. WINDRUSH Rising in the Cotswolds to the north of Bourton-on-the-Water, the Win-drush flows south-east through Burford, another famous Cotswold centre to Witney and on to join the Thames at Newbridge. It is mostly private trout fishing in the higher reaches with fly only often the rule but lower down, fish to predominate. Main species are chub, dace and roach, the latter commonly reaching the specimen size of 2 lb. Access for the visitor is difficult with the odd chance of ticket fishing.

Burford, OxonM2 miles in area, details on map at ticket centre DT: AP (Royal Oak, Witney Street, Burford)

Newbridge, OxonC1 mile extending from NewbridgeLB DT: AH (Rose Revived, Newbridge) Thurne. See Norfolk and Suffolk Broads