As previously reported on FM the venue is Cookham Lock Island, a prime area for many species, and one with a track record of producing some exceptional fishing, including some very good chub and barbel.
Funding for the Cookham angling access development came from a variety of sources including: rod licence money, an angling access initiative and a disabled access pot. With funding secured construction work began and culminated in the creation of four ‘standard’ access platform swims and one disabled access platform that includes complete wheelchair access and security. Better still, disabled anglers with blue badge permits have two reserved parking spaces immediately adjacent to the swim – and there is even a disabled toilet facility too!
The disabled access was co-ordinated with the assistance of British Disabled Angling Association stalwart Terry Moseley, a 20 year veteran wheelchair user, who has amassed 45 years’ angling experience at club, national and international levels. On completion of the disabled platform to his ‘audit’ Terry commented, “It is without doubt the premier disabled access swim on a river!” Coming from Terry, that’s some recommendation!
Check out the new video clip below, courtesy of the EA’s John Sutton, to get an idea of the quality of swims available and see just how they are being used.