River Rother, Blackwall Bridge/Ham Green



Parking at the bridge – also the access point for Ham Green (starts one field downstream of the bridge.)

Postcode TN30 7PL

Grid Reference TQ 885 258

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General description

About 1900 yards of the right hand bank upstream and also about 400 yards downstream, on the left hand bank (commencing about 300 yards downstream from the road bridge).

Upstream access via gates near to Blackwall North pumping station.

A broad, open, deep, previously dredged river. Very popular. There are about 80 swims on the Rother here and, up to where it joins the Potmans Heath Channel, and then, there are another 40 or so. On the lower (downstream)  reach, Ham Green, about 25 swims are available.

As with Newenden, the river here is popular with other water users, near the bridge especially, so it can be best to walk upstream for a field or two if it’s busy, well away from the bridge.

Known Species

  • Occasional Carp
  • Perch
  • Roach
  • Bream
  • Tench
  • Rudd
  • Pike
  • Eel
  • Gudgeon

Special Conditions

Check RFA Rules before fishing – for example, there is NO NIGHT FISHING ALLOWED!


All access points are clearly marked with large RFA signs – green background / white text (although on some older signs it is green text on while background.)