Belvidere Wood

SY2 5YH

Following on from the bottom section of the Monkmoor fishery is Belvidere Wood. A very much under fished stretch with lots of features and heavily wooded banks. Excellent sport to be had by the intrepid angler. There are many access points usually reached via the A 5112 Robertson Way and Crowmere Road. Follow Crowmere Road all the way to the t-junction at the end. Parking is roadside with a short walk along one of the many footpaths running through the wood itself. The paths may be muddy or slippery. Please be careful.

As this is adjoining a residential area we kindly request your co-operation to be considerate. Please park as carefully as possible so as not to inconvenience residents or obstruct their properties. Please keep your movements to a minimum wherever possible and please do not make any noise. You will be reported and asked to move or even vacate the fishery entirely.

The fishery itself comprises of a long, sweeping, downstream left hand bend starting close to the outlet pipe on the Monkmoor fishery, and ending at the point where the railway bridge crosses the river. A pleasing section, if not challenging, with plenty of near bank features and overhanging branches. Chub, Barbel, Perch, Roach, Dace, Carp and Pike can all be found at points along this fishery. The banks provide plenty of cover and a limited number of swims but offer peace, tranquility and isolation. A real ‘get away from it all’ fishery, bar the occasional train. Again, the Severn Way footpath runs along this fishery and is popular with dog walkers. The banks here are not as high as Monkmoor but can remain slippery throughout the year due to the dense tree cover, extreme caution should be exercised especially after a flood when the banks may be treacherous. Please be careful.

Chris Manns, 9lb - Belvidere Wood

The characteristics of the river here start with an increase in the current as the flow from the long straight Monkmoor bottom end section is swept toward the near bank. It forms a race alongside the near bank for a short distance, deflected only by the overhanging branches and near bank features. These themselves create some fantastic ‘crease swims’. The flow then settles down to a beautiful long deep glide. Fantastic stick float, waggler or tip fishing for Chub and Dace, or stiffer Avon tops for the better Barbel. Plenty of holes and snags for the Pike too, possibly the odd Salmon. The tree canopy then draws away from the bankside and opens out as you arrive at the Paddock or Meadow. Here you will find of a variety of wild grasses, flowers and lush bankside vegetation. Plenty of wildlife on offer too. Buzzards and Kestrels in the fields opposite, Woodpeckers, Nuthatches, and Treecreepers, Wrens, Warblers and Chiffchaffs, Kingfishers, Blackcaps, the list is endless. Rabbits, Stoats and Water Voles on the bank and occasionally an Otter or two will give you a wink before diving for cover.

Belvidere

Belvidere, looking downstream towards the rail bridge

As the river flows past the Paddock it widens, deepens and slows a little, before shallowing up and rushing through the arches of the railway bridge spanning the river (at the bottom of the photo left). Here Barbel can be sought casting to the smooth pockets of water. Typically this section fishes best through summer to autumn months at normal river levels. The Paddock or meadow will become submerged at the slightest hint of a flood and the majority of paths through the wood will be cut off.

There are only a few available swims on the paddock with a view to improve and extend the number of fishable pegs through bankside clearance in the near future. As this an under used fishery, vegetation does grow very high in the summer months making it difficult to find the pegs, but this all adds to the character! Grants are being sourced to assist in clearance and accessibility.