Alder stream is a short riffle which is accessed by following the track from the treehouse down into David’s Wood. The pool is easily walked past, and there is not a lot to it. What there is of it, however, is always worth a cast.
The Alders which give this stream its name, overhand from the South bank and shade the head of the run, which is much deeper than it appears when you are standing at the river’s edge on the South bank. The run continues under the trees, and down past a rocky bank with good little lies dotted all the way down. The stream then hits the boulders which stick out of the bank at the tail, and the breakup of the current here becomes the head of Nine Maidens below.
Alder stream fishes very well in a fresh, but not too high, water and is always worth a go in low water too thanks to its shaded position in the wood.