Beat 1: Westons
River Batherm – River Exe
Beat 1: Westons – River Batherm
SS 962226 – SS 959222 700m double bank, fishing from right hand bank
The Batherm is a small brown trout and grayling stream that enters the main River Exe just upstream of Cove. This attractive beat runs through open pasture and is probably best approached with a short 7-8ft 3/4 weight rod, wading is required to access some of the deeper pools and runs. Relatively lightly fished in 2015 but it did produce plenty of brown trout and grayling, including a grayling of 14”.
Directions & Access:
From Tiverton, take the A396 to Minehead. Go through Cove and take the B3277 to Bampton. As you enter Bampton turn right just after the Quarryman’s Rest pub into Ford Road. After 350m take the left into Kersdown Barton; continue down the drive, past the farm house and into the farm yard and park in front of the barn (facing you). Walk downhill through the farmyard, and down the track. The token box is by the gateway, walk over the bridge and fish up or down stream.
Info & Restrictions:
Fly only. Catch and release for all species. Sorry, no dogs. You can buy clotted cream, beef and rose veal from Westons Farm: www.westonsfarms.co.uk, or tel: 07734170384.
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