Rising in Wiltshire in a Neolithic heartland of long barrows and ancient monumnets such as Silbury Hill and Avebury, the Kennet is one of the best known fisherman’s rivers in southern England. A chalkstream that flows off the Marlborough Downs it shares its journey to its confluence with the Thames at Reading with the Kennet and Avon Canal. It may not be the river it once was, either before the canal or since its restoration, but it is still a delight to fish. Sharing its golden gravels and mill pools with its barbel, chub, roach, dace and pike are some surprisingly large wild brown trout that will have the careful angler’s attention hooked long before such wary prizes are! Winter grayling in the upper reaches are also present.