River Thames Soutlea Farm

Datchet, Berkshire

OS Map Reference: SU 9877 76034
Postcode: SL3 9DA
Water Type: River
Designation: General River
Facilities: Locked Car Parking
Contacts: Head Bailiff: Mr. J. Glover
Deputy Bailiff: Mr. B. Profit
Local Police: 101
Stock: Bream to 8lb
Barbel to 15lb +
Chub to 5lb
Pike to 15lb
Carp to 30lb
Dace, Roach, Eels & Perch

Approximately 1.3 miles (2.1km) of fishing on the River Thames including the Old Windsor Weir pool, 855m upstream of the weir and 800m downstream on the east bank and 500m downstream of Albert Bridge on the west bank. The river below the weir is largely free of boat traffic due to the long lock cut that re-enters the main river downstream of Ham Island.

This section provides ample opportunities for anglers wanting to trot a float in open water or ledger. The stretch contains Dace, Roach, Eels, Perch, Bream to 8lb, Barbel to 15lb +, Chub to 5lb, Pike to 15lb and a few Carp to 30lb.

During the warmer months the section immediately below the weir is most popular because of the limited boat traffic, where silver fish bags of up to 20lb have previously been recorded in matches.

Tackle and Tactics

Suitable for most river tactics, fish the deeper areas and glides for consistent sport and check out the over hanging trees and rafts for the Chub.

Record Fish

Farnham Angling Society Record

Species lbs:ozs:drms kilo.grms Date Captor
No Records Caught From This Venue Yet!

News & Articles

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Local Bye-Laws

  • There will be no access to Southleas Farm before midday on 15th June 2020 this season, but members may view the fishery from the Thames Footpath, upstream of Albert Bridge on the eastern bank and downstream on the western bank.
  • Night fishing is permitted, but the gates to Southlea Farm do not open before 7.30am or after 9pm, so members using the farm car park are locked in for the night.
  • Barbel may not be retained in keepnets. See byelaw 4.j.
  • No unaccompanied Junior members.
  • No Guests Tickets or Exchange Permits may be used on this fishery.


Just off Albert Bridge, Datcher, Berkshire

Directions & Parking

From East: Jctn. 14 M25, then Horton Road, Stanwell Road, Datchet Road and onto B376, then B470 to High Street at Datchet. At the T-junction, turn left onto the B3021, which is Southlea Road. Follow south for ½ mile.

From Northwest: Take M4, then A308(M), then A308 south for 6.5 miles, left onto the B3021 (Datchet Road) for ½ mile and cross Albert Bridge. Access to farm on right, with parking in layby 150m past it on the right.

From Southwest: Jctn. 3 M3, on A322 for 6.5 miles, on A332 for 3 miles, A308 going south for ½ mile, left onto the B3021 (Datchet Road), crossing the Albert Bridge.

Parking in Southlea Farm: Accessible ONLY between the hours of 7.30am – 9.00pm.
All Members must wait for both gates to fully open before driving through them at all times. The code for the key pad on gate is in your handbook.
10mph speed limit within the farm. Members may only park in the car park at the end of the farm track. Don’t park on the track or obstruct any gates. There is a mown footpath that runs for 300m down the eastern edge of the field.

Members must not cut across the field.

Parking in the public layby on Southlea Road: Available at all times.
Members may park in the public lay-by, which is 540m to the east of Albert Bridge, members must be considerate when parking. To access the southern bank, follow the Southlea Road over Albert Bridge and follow the Thames pathway down to the river. This is a public footpath, do not obstruct this route.