College Rd N, Aston Clinton, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP22 5EZ, United Kingdom
The famous Grand Union Canal offers a choice of stretches managed for fishing, this one being the Aylesbury Arm close to the town of that name. It is a lengthy stretch of canal that is worth travelling to and is popular with locals as well as with those from further afield.
Fishing is from the pedestrian tow path and is suitable for disabled anglers especially at the section near Wilstone where special disabled pegs and parking are provided. The canal is home to sizeable carp and chub, with 20lb carp having been caught along the Puttenham to Wilstone stretch and 10lb fish being plentiful.
There are ponds along the canal that are also part of the fishery, and that at Buckland contains good sized carp and tench. It is essential you recognise there will be plenty of walking involved to reach the prime fishing spots, as some stretches of the canal are better for angling than others.
Note also that access is limited to a few places along the canal, and we recommend parking at Red House, Bridge 9, for the best access.
What size do the fish go to?
Carp of 20lbs and more are not uncommon, especially in the Puttenham stretch, while tench of good sizes can be caught in the ponds.
What tactics work well?
The fish tend to be close to the boats so it is worth finding a spot with moorings for the best catches.
What facilities are on site?
Fishing on the Grand Union Canal is from the towpath and there are no facilities directly available. However, along the stretch you come close to many villages with shops, public houses and other facilities.
Is parking available?
Parking is available close to the access points at Puttenham, Red House, Buckland, Dixon’s Gap and a few other places along the route, with some – that at Dixon’s Gap notably – only available for members. Please take care to park only where permitted and don’t block access for agricultural vehicles.