LYDNEY CANAL & HARBOUR
The Lydney Canal is one mile in length, it runs inland from the River Severn. The canal was opened in 1813, it was used to trans-ship iron and coal from the Forest of Dean, at one time it was connected by a horse drawn tramroad to the Pidcocks Canal that transported materials down to the wharf by way of a tub-boat.
Imported timber was being brought up from Avonmouth in the 1960's, the canal remained in commercial use until the 1980's.
The entrance to the canal is via an outer tidal gate, after this lock it enters the canal cut, immediately after this lock another pair of gates pointing the other way, this provides protection against high tidal flood from the severn estuary, the beautifully restored swing bridge provides pedestrian access across the canal.
I have been hearing for a long time about the size of fish that the Lydney Canal used to produce, lot's of locals tell me they are still in there, large wild carp & pike, along with big roach, perch & chub.
It is because of the information that I have been receiving that I have decided to study the fish population that currently inhabits the canal.
I shall be spending a lot of time fishing and studying this historic fishery, so far I have fished it for pike on one occasion, I managed to land a six pound pike and I lost one that I estimate was about twelve pound at the net, I intend to fish it regularly and report my findings on this page.
It is hoped that a planning application by the owner of Severn & Wye Smokery, to develop the harbourside and create a restaurant and shops, along with an Eel farm will go ahead. this would be very beneficial for the harbour and hopefully put it on track for redevelopment.
Please visit again soon to see what fish are still to be had in this little fishery, the Lydney Canal must be the shortest canal in the country, it is only one mile long.