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G r a n d U n i o n C a n a l - R o w i n g t o n
Leamington Angling Association now has approx 3.5 miles of the canal between bridge 62 (Rowington) and bridge 67 (Chessetts Wood). Access to the northern section of the canal is best from Chadwick End (down Rising Lane) off the A414 Warwick to Birmingham road. The southern section is accessed from Rowington on the B4439 (Hatton to Lapworth road).From Warwick by-pass take the A4177 (Warwick – Birmingham ) road, towards Birmingham. At the top of Hatton hill the B4439 forks to the left, while staying on the main road brings you to Chadwick End.
The parking limited at most of the bridges. Note there is NO access to bridge 64. There is ample parking in Broomhall Lane, Lapworth, but it is a ¼ mile walk to the Grand Union canal. However, you can also fish the link channel between the Stratford and Grand Union, the first part of which is near the Lapworth car park.
Here's some more useful information from venue regular Richie Barker:-
The canal holds a variety of species, skimmers, hybrids, bream, roach, perch, carp, tench, pike and zander. The main species being skimmers, roach and perch. The skimmers average a pound with some larger bream to over four pounds. There are large size carp, pike and zander.
Starting at Rowington the canal heads towards the Tom O the Wood pub through a wooded steep cutting fairly narrow section. A good area for predator fishing especially perch for fish to over two pounds.
After leaving the 'cutting' we head for the Tom O the Wood pub around a large bend and onto the cottage area where there are plenty of features, overhanging trees and weed beds all holding a good variety of fish. The average depth down the boat channel being 4-4.5 foot. Parking is at the pub but no parking there at weekends. Please use the pub after your session and mention you are angling.
Heading towards Lapworth and the Kingswood junction again look for the far bank features. These hold skimmers and roach plus the odd bonus fish.
This long straight holds a good variety of fish including large carp and big predators. The 'letterbox' swims being especially good for bags of bream.
The next section is Rising lane (park in the layby near the bridge) again a good depth with plenty of features including the pipe bridge; good carp frequent here as well as decent predators and shoals of skimmers.
The last quarter of a mile has plenty of overhanging trees and weed beds. And although a good walk (take a trolley) the rewards can be worth it.
Bridge 66 has parking at Rising Lane in the layby next to the bridge
Bridge 65 is adjacent the Navigation Inn in Kingswood(Lapworth).
Bridge 64 No access. Farm drive.
Bridge 63 By the Tom O the Wood pub. Limited parking in road.
Long standing member Ken Darlison reports:-
"I had a chat with the landlady at the Tom o The Wood ( bridge 63 ) and she said she doesn’t mind 1 or 2 cars in the car park during the week if they park over in the far corner away from the pub entrance but not at the weekends because they are always very busy Sat and Sun, so weekend parking is not possible."
Bridge 62 is accessed down a lane opposite Rowington church. Parking is very limited so don't obstruct gateways.
If you intend photographing your catch, prepare your camera set up well in advance so that the fish is out of the water for the minimum time. Don't forget to send your photo to Anthony Simmons for the newsletter.
Live baiting is prohibited in all Association waters. The use of freshwater fish for bait is prohibited whether as live or dead bait. Using dead bait is permitted only from 1st October to March 14th. Pike fishing with lures is permitted at any time during the season. The use of a gaff is prohibited.
LITTER take your litter home.
MEMBERS Always carry your current membership book and Environment Agency Rod Licence.
ALL ANGLERS must have an appropriate landing net and unhooking mat.
TWO RODS per angler maximum.
MATCH BOOKINGS Phone Phil Mattock on 07890 467464
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