The River flows through the picturesque town of Nantwich but what a variety of character that this river has. Every 20 metres there is a classic looking swim, an overhanging tree, a crease, bush, bend or slack. There are is a point where the river splits in two, flowing one way into a weir pool, and the other into a sedate backwater resembling a canal. After the weir pool the river meanders for a few hundred metres to a large bend. The canalised section feeds through a sluice into a large pool, and then both parts of the river rejoin.
There are various footbridges, railway and road bridges, and another backwater in the form of a large pool which resembles a small lake, but which is I believe the path of the old river. This provides an excellent option during floodwater conditions. There are undercut banks, deep holes, shallows, and inlets where small streams and drainage channels enter. Short of a waterfall (although both sluices come close) there is virtually every conceivable feature, and all within a couple of miles of very accessible bank.
Aerial photo courtesy of Derek Lowson
Species caught include dace, chub, roach, perch, gudgeon, pike, brown trout, rudd, ruffe, bream, and carp. There are also tench, rainbow trout, crucian carp and grayling present.
Within walking distance of the town are numerous places for fishing which are easily accessible (with free parking in places).