Lower Benhall – River Wye.

Venue Description

This middle stretch of members only water is a continuation of Upper Benhall downstream of the Bridstow A40 bridge. It is mainly deeper water but there is a length of shallow water opposite the Ross on Wye Rowing Club.  a very underfished stretch of Ross AC water that can be accessed from upstream and downstream.

Like all our Wye waters it can be excellent on the right day. During the autumn and winter it is popular with anglers fishing for pike and perch. It regularly produces specimen barbel and has produced some specimen chub up to 6lb 10oz and a whopping brown trout of 8lb 4oz.

Location & Access

The Lower Benhall stretch is situated on the rightbank of the Wye downstream of the A40 Bridstow bridge and upstream of the old Wilton Bridge. It can be approached from either the A40 or Wilton Bridge.

There are 3 options for access to the Lower Benhall stretch.

1. Park in the Benhall Lane carpark. The approach to the Benhall carpark is from Benhall Lane Wilton which is right next to the Wilton roundabout.
Proceed down the Lane and take the right fork just at the entrance to Benhall Farm, the track is grass and gravel from here. The carpark is approximately 100 metres on the left.
There is a combination lock on the carpark gate which is changed annually at the end of January. The combination will be advised to current Members and is common to both Benhall and Weirend carparks.
Unload kit and then follow the “Anglers” signs through the metal five bar gate and to the right. There is a stile after 150 metres. Cross the stile and follow the hedge straight down to the River. Our fishing is both upstream and downstream of this point. PLEASE ENSURE YOU FOLLOW THIS EXACT ROUTE so as not to upset the farmer.

2. Park in the layby on the main A40 bridge. Cross the River on the path running alongside the A40. Once over the bridge carefully go down the steps, which can be slippery and access the field via a stile.

3. Park in the layby at Wilton Bridge. Cross the bridge on the footpath to the Wilton Castle side turn right onto the footpath and walk straight through the Common to the gate and footbridge.

Known Species

  • Barbel
  • Bream
  • Brown Trout
  • Chub
  • Dace
  • Eel
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Roach
  • Salmon
  • Sea Trout