River Wye – Bartonsham

Brief description of fishery:

The River Wye – Bartonsham has a mixture of slow deep water, steady runs, and riffles with a mixture of gravel and silt/clay bottom.

In the summer months, Large Chub and Barbel are the main target species but Roach, Perch, Bleak, Chub, and Dace are all present. In Autumn smaller fish migrate to the sanctuary of the City leaving pockets of big Chub and Barbel.

Trout and Grayling can be targeted in the ripple/boily water using Nymphs with some sizable specimens present.

All the usual modern methods and baits work well on their day but don’t forget Maggots, Caster, Hemp, Worm, Meat & Bread which are all regular producers. A static approach is the best way to build a weight of fish, however setting is less rural now, and parking is much further from the river so you may wish to travel light to explore the whole stretch with roving tactics. Speaking to the local tackle shop can put you on the fish based on recent catch reports or check out the recent match reports.

Swims do not have platforms and are naturally uneven however the banks are less steep than the more rural beats. We recommend using a rope with a dog spike, particularly in damp conditions where the clay-based soil becomes very slippery. Always check the levels using the EA website and keep an eye on it during the day as they can rise high very quickly.

It’s worth noting that during the summer months the gravel areas near Outfall Works Road are frequented by swimmers/families/groups of teens and the area is best avoided during the warmer parts of the day, early morning and evening are generally the more productive fishing times during bright days so it is best to plan around this.

River Wye – Gauge Levels


Location 1:

Outfall Works Road Hereford HR1 1XY

Post Code: HR1 1XY
Grid Reference: SO 52085 39159
X (Easting) , Y (Northing): 352085 , 239159
Latitude , Longitude (decimal): 52.048739 , -2.7001154
Latitude ,Longitude(degs, mins, secs): 52°02′55″N , 002°42′00″W
What3Words : twice.mute.beast

Location 2:

The Willows Lower Bullingham Hereford HR2 6DP

Post Code: HR2 6DP
Grid Reference: SO 52083 38372
X (Easting) , Y (Northing): 352083 , 238372
Latitude , Longitude (decimal): 52.041666 , -2.7000339
Latitude ,Longitude(degs, mins, secs): 52°02′30″N , 002°42′00″W
What3Words : wimp.brotherly.braced

Access & Parking

Take the A438 east at the A49 (Tesco) roundabout in the centre of Hereford, and follow the signpost to Tewkesbury/Ledbury.  Continue through 3 sets of traffic lights staying in the right-hand lane, the road bears left at the last set of lights. Continue for 300 yards and as the road bends to the left take the right-hand turn into Eign Road signposted B4224 to Fownhope. Follow Eign Road for 500 yards and take the right-hand turn just before the railway bridge passes over the road into Outfall Works Road.

Follow the lane for 300 yards and the parking is on the left next to the river. Walk upstream along the riverbank or along the footpath across the field. A code is provided in your membership book and updated each year for the parking bollards.



  • Barbel
  • Bream
  • Brown Trout
  • Chub
  • Common Carp
  • Dace
  • Eel
  • Grayling
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Roach
  • Salmon

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