Cotswolds Canals

Three of England's greatest and most popular canal waterways run through areas of the Cotswolds, the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, the Kennet and Avon Canal and the Oxford Canal.


Gloucester and Sharpness Canal

The Gloucester and Sharpness Canal took thirty-three years to construct and opened to shipping in 1827. The canal is 70 feet(21m) wide and 18ft (5.5m) deep and covers a distance of 18 miles (29km).

Fishing is one of the most popular pastimes on the canal and the type of fishing available caters for all types of angling skills and abilities. All anglers who fish the depths of the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal must have a permit to fish anywhere along the towpath. The permits are available from the water bailiff.

The canal has good stocks of Chub, Roach, Bream, Perch, Carp, Zander and Pike.


The Oxford Canal

The Oxford Canal can be described as 77 miles of peaceful waterway running through some of the most picturesque Oxfordshire countryside between Oxford and Coventry.

Angling is available over the entire length and also at three reservoirs, Boddington, Clattercote and at Wormleighton. Day permits are needed for all the sites and are available from the patrolling water bailiffs.

Fish stocks include Carp, Roach, Gudgeon, Perch, Chub, Bream.


The Kennet and Avon Canal

In basic terms the 86-mile Kennet and Avon Canal was created from three waterways, the Avon Navigation from Bristol to Bath, the man-made canal from Bath to Newbury and the Kennet Navigation from Newbury to Reading.

Fishing is available all year from the towpath of the canal, although much of its length is leased to Angling Associations or Clubs who have sole fishing rights. Anglers who wish to fish the canal should contact the relevant associations or clubs for permits, which are required along with the national rod licence.

The canal holds a good stock of fish including Bream, Tench, Roach, Rudd, Perch and Pike.