Access to The Bull's fishing on the River Coln

The Bull’s fishing runs for around a mile and a quarter downstream from the main road bridge in the centre of Fairford. There is no dedicated parking for the beat but there is ample on-street parking in the market square and on the High St. Note that some of the parking is time limited and there is no parking in the Market Square on Wednesdays

Please note that you are not permitted to fish upstream of Tap Cottage

There are two access points

Access Points

(1) Island beat

The top of the beat features an island and this can be reached easily from the back of the hotel. Cross over the main road and enter White Hart Court. You will find a footbridge in front of you, to the right of the first house. Cross over to the island. The bottom of end of the island is wooded and the river is most easily fished by wading. Please keep to the island bank when fishing in front of the houses that border the river

Map of Access Point One
Map of Access Point One

(2) Main beat

The rest of the beat is accessed by crossing the main road by the High Street junction. Walk down Back Lane, bearing right at the sign for Gas Lane (River Walk). Follow the lane which turns into a footpath. The footpath emerges on the riverbank just above Dilly’s Bridge, a footbridge which crosses the river at the downstream end of the island. Stay on the left-bank (looking downstream). The fishing runs for a further mile down to a second footbridge which marks the bottom of the beat

Throughout the course of your day on the river you may be asked to produce your permit to fish by one of the water bailiffs. You may also be asked to demonstrate that you are using flies with barbless hooks and of legitimate type

We hope that you will enjoy your time on the River Coln and that the trout and grayling residing therein will be obliging to make your day a memorable one

Do you have a rod licence?

An Environment Agency Rod Licence is required. Click HERE to buy


The Bull Hotel/Barkby Group accept no responsibility for any loss, damage or injury whilst fishing. Fly anglers are responsible for supplying their own life jackets and buoyancy aids  

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