Swift Ditch

Named "swift ditch" not necessarily for its rate of flow but it was dug by the monks of Abingdon as a "swift" route across a loop in the Thames, so like the pond, it's a man-made fishery.



There are about 20 pegs on a fairly narrow channel, in high summer the thick cabbages usually rule out a long stay in one swim but it lends itself perfectly to a catch-and-move approach.


Species are chub, roach, bream and a few big perch. For those who like a challenge there are a handful of carp that are reputed to top 20lb.


Until further notice we are not to use the carpark at the bottom of the slope by the river. Instead, please park on the hard-standing at the top of the slope but make sure you don't risk blocking the passage of agricultural vehicles.

Click here for a map to Swift Ditch, The nearest postcode is OX14 3DU and what3words is leap.gifts.universally