Royal Military Canal – Appledore Road Bridge


Postcode   TN26 2DA;

Grid Reference  TQ 957 291

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General description

The canal can be an excellent fishery throughout its length. In the summer, it is used to store water to irrigate farmers fields, so the depth holds up at around 4-6 feet. It is a very weedy water, and always has been, so it is a good idea to take a small weed rake to open up your swim. The fish soon respond and the coloured water proves an advantage. In winter, the levels are lowered for flood defence reasons and it can be quite shallow. The fishable bank is heavily lined with trees, but on the bends on the canal, there are swims.

Known Species

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

Special Condistions

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.)

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


Parking adjacent to the bridge and fishing available along the long straight road (‘south bank’) up to the cottage.

NO parking is available adjacent to the cottage. The area anywhere near the gate and cottage must NOT be used for parking or otherwise obstructed at any time.

Fishing is also available on the section here from the road bridge, back towards Iden but on the ‘north’ bank only ie along the Military Road bank.