Ash to Mytchett: the Basingstoke Canal
The Basingstoke Canal Angling Association has online maps providing details of this stretch: CLICK HERE.
|Season tickets:||Basingstoke Canal Angling Association: direct or via affiliated angling clubs|
|Day tickets:||From bailiffs on the bank / from the Canal Centre|
|No fishing within 20 metres of locks, bridges, or aqueducts.|
|Maximum 2 rods|
|Barbless or microbarbed hooks only|
|Fishing from towing path only|
|Standard coarse season applies|
|No carp in keepnets|
For further rules for this fishing club click HERE.
At Ash the Canal crosses the Blackwater River (and the A3100) and enters Surrey via the Ash Aqueduct. The canal runs east at this point, then swings north east and goes under Ash Vale Railway Bridge and then Heath Road. On the north side of this bridge the Canal widens for a short distance. It then swings northwards and enters a long uninterrupted stretch until Heath Vale Bridge with The Swan pub on the east bank.
Some anglers consider the vicinity of the Swan to be a winter hot spot for the Canal.
North of Heath Vale Bridge the Canal rolls along to Great Bottom Flash (click HERE for rules for the Canal).
Following this the Canal continues northbound for a short distance with a tree-lined far bank, then goes under Ash Vale Railway Station Bridge and on the north side of the bridge there is a turning point that serves as the next feature on the water.
Again the Canal heads northwards with a wooded far bank, and then enters the next feature: Winter’s Close Winding Hole.
The Canal then swings northwest and runs a short distance – with woodland on the far bank once more – to Anglers Flash. After this it heads north, running under a private footbridge (Deadman’s Footbridge), and then traverses a small distance and goes under Mytchett Lake Railway Bridge, and then enters Mytchett Lake. This is a private fishery fenced off from the Canal, and the BCAA does not have fishing rights there. The canal adjacent to the Lake is tipped as a hot spot.
The Canal exits the lake shortly after entering, leaving on the west bank under Mytchett Lake Road and then heading north. After a short distance with a field on the east bank the Canal comes to Potters Wharf, home to the Canal Centre.