Over the summer, the Canal & River Trust has been celebrating National Fishing Month (which actually runs between 21 July – 3 September 2017), encouraging people up and down the country to get out in the fresh air, sit back and cast a line into the water. One place you can do this in the Midlands is Boddington Reservoir in Northamptonshire, which has played host to some record-breaking catches.
Completed in 1805 to feed the Oxford Canal, Boddington Reservoir has some of the best fishing in the country, with anglers regularly making the news for their record-beating catches of carp, roach, perch and pike. It has 80 concrete angling steps, plus a wheelchair friendly peg with its own parking space.
The path around the lake is a great family cycle trail and there are a few picnic benches dotted around if you’ve brought your own lunch.
Be sure to pack your binoculars and head to nearby Byfield Pool, which was built before Boddington to supply water to the canal in the 1790s and is now a nature reserve teeming with tufted ducks, chiffchaffs and sedge warblers. Boddington Meadow is also close by – the field has never been ploughed and so it retains a wealth of wild flowers, including great burnet, pepper saxifrage and pignut. In turn, this attract a plethora of butterflies and insects.
You’ll find pubs nearby in the villages of Upper Boddington and Byfield – both a half mile walk away. The Plough in Upper Boddington is a thatched 18th century coaching inn that serves beautiful Sunday roasts.
There is a car park on site at Boddington Reservoir. The nearest train station is in Banbury, 11 miles away.
This fishery is managed by the Canal & River Trust. For more information, visit the dedicated page on our website.