Aberbechan and Penarth
DescriptionOver a mile of left bank fishing with shallow runs, deep glides and weir pool. Many salmon are taken here each year plus good coarse fishing for dace, chub & pike. A very beautiful stretch of river with good access.
Aberbechan: From Welshpool take A483 towards Newtown. Turn right at sign for Llanfair and Bettws parking in field adjacent to Aberbechan Bridge. Gate lock code: See BAA Membership card.
Access to the sections upstream of the BAA car park is via the canal tow path, a gate off the tow path by a derelict lock keepers cottage gives access to the top end of the Aberbechan section and the path along the river bank up to Penarth Weir.
Access to the short section below Bechan Brook and the Plant Yard is via the tow path.
NO FISHING AT NIGHT
Note: On BAA map south is at the top and north at the bottom. The Google map is normal orientation with north at top.
From Saturday 28th September 2019, an Emergency Byelaw to protect vulnerable salmon stocks on the River Severn in Wales has been introduced by Natural Resources Wales. Salmon catch and release only is allowed on the Welsh Severn.
Giant Hogweed: Please take care at this location as Giant Hogweed grows alongside the river, especially at the upstream end in the area of Penarth Weir, the sap from the plant can cause burning on the skin.
BAA Publication Map
Gate from canal tow path that gives access to upstream end of our existing water and downstream end of new water below Penarth Weir.
Gate from our existing water to new water below Penarth Weir.
First peg walking upstream, will need some work next spring.
First peg again.
Drain into Severn from nearby culvert after rain.
Same picture again in dry waether.
Getting closer to the weir.
Looking upstream to Penarth Weir. Our water extends to just below the weir. The weir and fish pass is fenced off and locked, access is not available.
Below the weir.
Penarth Weir with the river after rain.
Views from the road bridge merged, one from 1969 and the most recent from July 2019.
New locks fitted at the start of 2020 with the new combintion set.
Upstream end of fishery, best approached along canal tow path, with access to fishery through gate on left just passed derelict lock keepers cottage.
Just down stream of the upstream end of fishery.
Down stream end of fishery just below road bridge, easily reached across field from car park. As you can see all the trees caught behind the bridge supports have been removed by the EA (thanks to our local bailiff Mike for sorting).
Downstream end of fishery.
Bechan Brook joins Severn at down stream end of fishery, we have fishing on the brook from Severn up to bridge where canal crosses. Probably good to fish when Severn in flood. Easily approached across field from car park.
This is a picture I took last autumn while bagging up on dace, chublets, grayling, trout and a few salmon parr. Hoping to get up there with fluffchucking gear during the mayfly hatch. Picture supplied by - Alan Sheldon
Gate into BAA car park, it's on your right just after crossing the bridge over the river. Please close and lock.
Gate into BAA car park.
Looking downstream from the river bridge towards where Bechan Brook joins the river.
Again on the road bridge looking downstream, would you believe it on the 27th December!
Looking upstream towards the bridge from the meadow by the car park.
Under the oak tree by the car park.
Looking downstream by the car park, good all round water.
Looking upstream from the road bridge.
Looking downstream from road bridge, favorite trotting spots under oak tree.
Last downstream peg below the road bridge, about 30m from the car park.
Favourite bench to watch the river go by.
Gateway just opposite to the car park entrance to the upstream section above the bridge.
Looking downstream about halfway up the first meadow above the bridge.
Looking upstream from first meadow above bridge.
End of first field, lovely trotting water. Picture supplied by Mike, local BAA bailiff
Looking upstream towards weir, have a look at the next picture Aberbechan 24, it's the same view taken in 1967.
Looking towards the weir in 1967. This picture was taken by Mike, BAA Bailiff Upper Severn and his father Dennis who would have been 87 on Monday January 23rd 2017.
Looking down stream on the last but one peg fantastic trotting and salmon and trout water.
Same peg as in picture 25 but looking across the river.
Short section downstream of Williams plant yard on same bank as our existing fishery. Access from BAA car park; walk up road towards canal, take steps down onto towpath, turn right and walk along tow path past Williams plant yard for access to this short section.
Same position as picture 90, looking down slope we have put up a rope hand rail to use when bank is slippy
Bottom of the bank you are level with river plenty of areas to sit or roam about stunning deep pools plenty of salmon ,trout,grayling. Good trotting water for chub dace perch roach there are also very big pike about.
Same peg as 203 looking across the river.
Same peg as 203 & 204, looking downstream.
Aberbechan and Forden trout.
I have some pictures of a fishing trip this Saturday 18th May 2019. The first trout was caught at Aberbechan which was one of three, two more was caught at Forden during the evening. Adam Price-Hunt.
Aberbechan brown trout
Here this is Andy Lunn another new member catching brown trout, he also had a good session at Forden. Picture by Ann Wood upper Severn bailiff
Tom Jay his father Ade fished Aberbechan Wednesday 2nd Jan, Tom had never caught a grayling before, they fished the peg by Bechan Brook catching four grayling and two brown trout then moved to our new water Lower Penarth below Aberbechan and finished the day with 12 grayling and 4 trout, they are over the moon with their trip. Lower picture is Tom on our new lower penarth stretch just before dark. Mike upper Severn area bailiff.
Nice 11lb hen salmon caught at our Aberbechan/Penarth fishery by Dave Lister one of our local anglers. Picture by Ann and Mike upper Severn area bailiff's.
One of our members pike and grayling catches. Pictures by Mike Wood, local bailiff.
Another Aberbechan/Penarth brownie
Lovely brown trout, send by local bailiff Mike Wood
Another upper severn salmon.
At Aberbechan/Penarth, good 10lb fish safely returned, caught by Dave Lister. Picture by Ann Wood. Regards Mike and Ann Wood, upper Severn bailiffs.
Our wandering bailiffs!
This is R Millinson who Ann and I first met at Underdale last year, he has come up to Aberbechan today and had a fantastic day catching brown trout and chub. Mike and Ann Wood upper Severn bailiffs.
Penarth brown trout
New member joined this week to fish our new fishery. What a start, first fish 4lb brown trout, well done Michael. Picture by Mike and Ann Wood, local bailiffs.
Upper Severn brown trout.
One of our members, Russell from Halesowen who is a regular to Aberbechan/Penarth catching lots of brown trout on fly and spinner, he went home very happy. Kind regards Ann Wood, local bailiff.
Upper Severn pike
One of our local anglers catching pike at Aberbechan/Penarth. Ann Wood upper Severn area bailiff
Local angler Dave caught this pike approximately 27 pounds at Aberbechan. Kind regards Mike Wood, bailiff.
Younger members at Aberbechan/Penarth
Our younger members Ashley carson, Harrison Wood and Cian fishing at Aberbechan and Penarth. Pictures by local bailiffs Mike and Ann Wood.
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