Chalkstream fly fishing with Fishing Breaks

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Nether Wallop
Hampshire SO20 8EW
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Chalk stream Fishing

River Kennet

The River Kennet rises west of Avebury and travels eastwards through Marlborough and out of Wiltshire into Berkshire towards Newbury. The Kennet's principal tributaries are the River Lambourn, the River Enborne and the Foudry Brook. Though it is only 22 miles from the source to Newbury, there are more than 80 miles of fishable water due to the veritable maze of carriers created by the 18th-century water engineers.

In its heyday, between the wars, Kennet fishermen considered their river superior to the River Test and it is true that the Kennet around Kintbury gets a mayfly hatch as every bit as good and dense as the Test.

This Wiltshire/Berkshire river features heavily in fly fishing literature: Halford had a lease on a considerable length of water in the late 1800’s, John Waller Hills fished it regularly and often wrote about the native Kennet trout, known as the ‘greenback’, now a much sought-after rarity. Frank Sawyer, inventor of the Pheasant Tail Nymph, ran his summer school from the grounds of Marlbough College in the 1970s.



The three miles of the River Kennet at Barton Court lie to the east of Hungerford, generally regarded as the best section of this Berkshire chalkstream. It is stocked with both brown and rainbow trout and rods have free range over the entire system of main river, carriers and side streams.

With a four fish limit, with catch and release thereafter, good facilities and easy access, Barton Court offers everything you could want from a day’s fishing.


Difficulty Tranquilty Bank fishing Book
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Cabin rating
1 star

Rail Station0.7m

Acommodation 0.7m


“Large area to fish with lots of different types of water.”   “Fantastic location - plenty of river and few people.”    “It was a very special afternoon in such beautiful surroundings.”

Aternatives to consider Ratings explained

May 1-13

£124 per Rod

May 14-June 14

£157 per Rod

June 15-July 31

£120 per Rod

August 1-September 30

£109 per Rod

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The Benham Estate has by some considerable margin more chalkstream fishing that any other estate in the whole of Berkshire.

The Park is a delightful mix of fishing with the larger main river, criss-crossed by a variety of carriers and side streams which all adds up to something in the region of five miles of water. The fishing is mostly from the bank, though on occasion you may be able to wade some of the small stream sections. There is an excellent head of wild fish supplemented by with regular stocking.

The full-time river keeper Gary Allen will usually be on hand to greet you and there is a fishing cabin beside the river with parking immediately adjacent.

NEW FOR 2017 The fishing is available for up to three Rods per day.

Difficulty Tranquilty Wading Optional Book
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No Dogs

Cabin rating
3 stars

Rail Station 2m

Acommodation 2.1m


“Superb day and an extremely pretty place to fish”   “Very good water and range of fishing, excellent stocking and range of fish ”    “The whole day exceeded my expectations.”

Aternatives to consider Ratings explained

NEW FOR 2017 The fishing is available for up to three Rods per day.

May 1-15

£192 per Rod

May 16-June 14

£250 per Rod

June 15-July 31

£192 per Rod

August 1-September 30

£165 per Rod

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For further details, please complete our enquiry form or e-mail