Fishing and access for the disabled.
Disabled and physically handicapped anglers will find several of our fisheries provide accessible fishing for them. At some fisheries there are designated easy access fishing platforms, tackle “drop off” points and on some stretches of canal car parking directly behind your chosen swim.
Listed here are the club waters which provide opportunities for easy access.
Reedsmire Pond, Cooper Bridge.
Two easy access purpose built disabled platforms with a tackle drop off area just 50 metres from the waterside.
Eurobung Pond, Robertstown.
Just inside the gate here there is a well constructed fishing platform which provides a comfortable and secure swim.
Aire and Calder Navigation, Stanley Ferry.
Here in the Woodyard you can drive to and park behind your peg, with around a dozen pegs either side of the river, but be aware that the entrance gate here will be locked at the times posted on the notice board at the entrance.
At Kings Road above the lock on the left there is a small car park for disabled adjacent to the canal, from here its just 25 metres to the canal. The tarmac road along the canal here enables easy access for wheelchair users, however further along the banks become steep and are not suited to the physically infirm.
Aire and Calder Navigation, Great Heck.
There are two car parks alongside the canal in Great Heck which enable disabled anglers to park behind their peg and both provide further “short walk” access to fishing along the canal. The fisherman’s car park adjacent to canal bridge at Heck is easy to find, while the second is down a dirt lane to the right as you leave the village heading east just before the railway bridge.
As members of the Boothferry A&C Alliance, Mirfield members can fish the entire length of the canal to Goole and there are numerous easy access points for disabled or physically handicapped anglers along this 12 mile stretch of canal. Check out the alliance website for more information about parking and access.