Another popular river with Midland anglers, the Welland, though stocked in its upper reaches with trout, is best known as one of the great coarse fish rivers of eastern England. The Welland rises near Market Harborough and flows north-east to enter its middle reaches near the ancient town of Stamford in Lincolnshire. In these streamy middle sections, the river offers excellent fishing for roach, dace (the biggest a pound) and chub. Further down, the river begins to slow before entering the well-known Several Fishery length at Market Deeping. Below Deeping St James, it enters its wide canalised section to flow on to Spalding, this reach being dug out as a flood precaution after World War II. It is in this section that bream are more likely to be encountered, some huge shoals being present here. The lower Welland between Crow-land and Spalding is heavily match fished and it is often difficult to find spaces on the west bank at weekends from June through to late September. Ticket opportunities are likeliest in the middle and lower reaches. Rod Licence: AWA (Welland and Nene River Division)

Barrowden, NorthantsC3 miles from Barrowden to Tixover


DT: A AA (Stamford Welland AA)

Collyweston, NorthantsC3j miles from Collyweston to Pile Bridge,


DT: AAA (Stamford Welland AA)

Welland Records

Match Catch Record: 59-7-4 captor unknown season 1968/

Barbel: 9-8-0 Ataylor (bread) Sept 1

Bream: 7-13-0captorunknown 1

Chub: 7-4-0 K Sismore (maggot)

Oct 1

Dace: 1-1-0 Dlangton (maggot)

Jan 1

Roach: 2-12-4 J Hardy (maggot)

Sept 1

Trout: 5-0-0 M Brown (maggot/caster) Sept 1

Market Deeping, LincsC6j miles from Market Deeping to

Kennulph’s Stone on Deeping High

Bank (known as the Several


DT: B(atweekendsonly)K(A.

Mouse, 15, Bridge Street, Deeping

St. James, Mon-Fri) or ATS (Harris, Church Street, Deeping St.

James, Mon-Fri only)e

Spalding, LincsC 10 miles from

Kennulph Stone upstream of

Crowland BridgetoSpaldingBB

DT: ATS (at Spalding or Parnell’s, 4, Market Place, Crowland)P (Golden Ball, Spalding) or RO (AWA, North Street, Oundle,


Stamford, LincsC3 miles from

Pile Bridge, Ketton to Broadend

Bridge, near StamfordBB

DT: AAA (Stamford Welland AA)

Stamford, LincslClH miles between Town Bridge and

Broadend BridgeLB

Free fishing

Tallington, LincsC1 mile from

Uff ington Bridge to one field above


DT: AAA (Stamford Welland AA)

Uffington, LincsC4 miles from

Hudds Mill to Uffington BridgeRB

DT: AAA (Stamford Welland AA) Association: Oakham AS.

Welland Tributaries


Rising near Halstead in Leicester-shire, the Chater flows south-east to join the Welland near North Luf-fenham. Roach and dace predominate and access is only possible through association membership. CORONATION CHANNEL Spalding, LincsC2j miles from Cowbit Road Sluice to Marsh Road SluiceBB

DT: ATS (Spalding) jP (Golden Ball, Spalding)RO (AWA, North Street, Oundle) Coronation Channel Record

Match Catch Record: 34-5-8 Croyston in club match June 1 EYE BROOK

A small Leicestershire stream which almost immediately forms Eyebrook Reservoir , the Eye Brook joins the Welland just below Caldecott. It is private fishing. FOLLY RIVER

Despite its name, this is a land drainage channel which links the Car Dyke with the Welland near Peakirk. The Car Dyke (and the

Folly) were both part of a Roman canal which connected the Nene with the Witham. It is coarse fishing with roach, bream and chub the main species. Access for visitors is good.

Peakirk, CambsC2 miles from Peakirkto River WellandBB DT: ATSRO (AWA, North Street, Oundle)


This river has just been the subject of a major pollution disaster and it is impossible to say how long the effects of this will last. At one time, it was considered superb for tench round Surfleet though in the clear, weedy water then the norm they were difficult to catch. The Glen is formed just south of Bourne, Lines, by the junction of two small streams, the East and West Glen. From there it flows north-east to enter the Welland just below Surfleet. Offering some trout in its upper reaches – where the fishing is private – the Glen becomes a coarse fishery lower down. The lower reaches offer the best opportunities for the visitor. Spalding, LincsC4j miles from Guthram to Howberry Tunnels BB DT: (L20)AK (J. Moore, Kiro, Station Road, SurfleetJITS (D. Ball, Hawthorn Bank, Spalding) or AAA (Spalding FC) MAXEY CUT

This drain is, in effect, an arm of the River Welland used to help prevent flooding. The Cut branches off from the right bank of the Welland just below Tallington to flow along the south side of Maxey and North-borough before re-joining the main river below Deeping St. James. Bream and roach are the dominant species.

Peterborough, CambsC5 miles from Tallington to PeakirkBB DT: ATSRO (AWA, North Street, Oundle)

Wellow Brook. See R. Avon (Bristol) Wenning. See R. Lune

Wensum. See Norfolk and Suffolk

Broads West Dart. See R. Dart Western Rother. See R. Arun Wey. See R. Thames Wey Navigation. See R. Thames Wharfe. See R. Ouse (Yorks) Whiston Brook. See R. Trent Windrush. See R. Thames Wiske. See R. Ouse (Yorks) Wissey. See R. Great Ouse