The owner of the fishing rights at Lower Lydbrook writes:
Lower Lydbrook Riverside Park has been closed to canoe launching since Oct 1st 2006. The Park does not have legal access to the riverbank, which is retained by the Courtfield Estate. Excessive commercial use of Lydbrook for canoe launching has damaged the riverbank, and repeated use of the salmon pools by kayakers doing breakout manoeuvres has jeopardised the fishery. Although salmon stocks, have improved the rapids remain a sensitive area of habitat for salmon migrating upstream. The disturbance by canoeists is such that salmon rods cannot be let at weekends.
I assure you I respect the rights of navigators canoeing
the waterway in a proper manner and enjoying the extraordinary beauty of this
river. I have no desire to obstruct that right unlawfully. I cannot feel
the same about kayakers carrying out a recreational activity, which is about as
divorced from the right to pass and repass as doing do'nuts on the main road.
PS I cannot understand how the BCU can put obstructions in
the Symonds Yat rapids in contravention of the Wye Navigation Order.
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