The River Arle is only 5 miles long and is a major tributary of the River Itchen, famous for its clear chalk-spring fed waters and rich biodiversity. Chalk rivers are rare environments with a unique assemblage of flora and fauna, including many protected species. In recognition of this, the Itchen and its tributaries, including the River Arle, have been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation.
The river is neither formally stocked nor fed, and we endeavour to maintain the river and its banks in as natural state as possible, whilst still keeping the beats accessible. Working with nature, we are trying to slowly improve the health of the river so that it can reach its full ecological potential with maximum species and habitat diversity. Put simply, we wish to re-create ‘the finest chalk stream’, with the best wild trout fishing in the country - a status this stretch of river enjoyed 150 years ago.
During the last few years we have undertaken extensive restoration works to the lakes immediately adjacent to the river. We are now returning more water to the river at a higher point than previously which should vastly improve the river fishing. We will also shortly be able to offer fishing on the lakes as well as the river for those who are interested.
We hope you will be part of our success by understanding the implications of this undertaking - please tread lightly and be respectful of our beautiful flora and fauna while enjoying the river.