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Rivers Of the Cotswolds

Rivers and streams that flow through the Cotswolds valleys tend to enter the two great rivers of England, the River Thames and the River Severn. The lime-stoned riverbeds provide the right environment for traditional fly-fishing for brown trout or the silver-purple graylings, and for the coarse fishermen many other species including roach, chub or dace.
The River Thames and its Tributaries

The River Thames rises in the Cotswolds near Kemble in Gloucestershire and gently gathers momentum as it meanders through meadows and villages, slowly growing in power and presence, but its really from Cricklade that the angler can really begin to fish from its banks for a wide range of species.

At Lechlade the River Coln, said to be the very best Cotswolds fly Fishing River, joins the Thames. It is a rich limestone stream and flows through some of the most scenic and peaceful countryside in England. The River Leach also joins the Thames at Lechlade. The Leach flows predominantly through the Oxfordshire Cotswolds after rising near Northleach.

The River Churn begins the journey to the Thames from Seven Springs. The Churn is a delightful, winding river entering the Thames at Cricklade and offers an opportunity for either the beginner or the more experienced fly fisherman.

Further north in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds the pretty River Windrush flows through the Oxfordshire countryside and some of the Cotswolds finest towns and villages. Beginning its journey from Cutsdean in Gloucestershire, the Windrush meets the Thames at Newbridge. Fishing is for roach, dace, perch, chub and a very large population of trout and grayling.

The River Cherwell begins the forty miles to Oxford from Hellidon in Northamptonshire and winds through the Oxfordshire countryside to join the River Thames at Oxford. The river is great for chub, bream, tench, pike, barbel and grayling.

The River Evenlode flows into the River Thames at Eynsham in Oxfordshire. Rising in Gloucestershire near to Moreton-in-Marsh this scenic river has stocks including chub, pike, roach and gudgeon prevalent.

The River Severn and its Tributaries

The River Severn is the longest river to flow through Great Britain. The 219 miles journey begins at Plynlimon in the Cambrian Mountains of Wales. eventually becoming the Bristol Channel. The lower part of this great river flows through the edge of the Cotswolds with the River Avon joining the flow at Tewkesbury eventually becoming tidal south of Gloucester.

The River Avon rises in the countryside of Northamptonshire and begins the long journey passing through the Warwickshire Cotswolds to flow into the River Severn at Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire. Fish stocks including perch, chub, roach, barbel, zander, pike also bream.

The Bristol Avon flows from its twin sources near Sherston and Tetbury to its confluence with the River Severn at Avonmouth. The Bristol Avon travels meandering through 72 miles of the Wiltshire Cotswolds through Bradford upon Avon and Bath before reaching its confluence with the River Severn. Roach, perch, pike, barbel are predominant.

The River Bybrook rising from its source at Marshfield runs through picturesque countryside topped with water from many of the springs in the area before reaching the River Avon at Batheaston.