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Cumbria has more fishing waters than any other county in England, and Eden offers many opportunities to enjoy this past time. Try your hand at fishing on the River Eden and its tributaries or on Lake Ullswater.

Where to fish in Eden:

River Eden Lower Reaches

Flowing south to north, and running from Armathwaite, through Wetheral and Carlisle, to the river's estuary on the Solway Firth.

River Eden - near Lazonby

Four and a half miles of salmon, with Wild Trout and Grayling.  For more information contact: John or Linda Atkinson 01768 898229.

River Eden Middle Reaches

From the Temple Sowerby area, just past Watersmeet (the point where the River Eamont meets the River Eden) to Armathwaite, through Temple Sowerby, Eden Lacy and Lazonby and running close to the market town of Penrith.

Eden Lacy 

Fishing comprises 1.8 miles of the left bank, with 12 named pools and a fishing hut set amongst a wooded and wild flower area opposite the renowned Lacy Caves.  Fish: Salmon, Brown Trout and Grayling.

For more information contact Victor Gubbins, telephone: 01768 898316 or email

Hornby Hall, Brougham

The lower end of the River Eamont is famous for the quality of the brown trout. There are two beats, one flows alongside the ancient church of Ninekirks and has several good pools. The other is at Udford which is wider and flows more slowly into the Eden. Day tickets available. 

For more information, email 

Penrith Angling Association 

Penrith Angling Association control over 40 miles of fishing on the rivers Eden, Eamont, Lowther, Petteril, Lyvennet, Leith, Dacre Beck, Biggle Beck, Haweswater Beck and Trout Beck. Visitor tickets available. 

Visit the Penrith Anglers website for more information.

The Yorkshire Fly-Fishers' Club

Controls over 20 miles of fishing on the Rivers Eden and Eamont in Cumbria. Set in stunning picturesque countryside the beats on the upper, middle and lower Eden provide excellent and varied waters holding brown trout and grayling. The club does not issue day tickets. Limited membership opportunities are filled via a waiting list.

For more information, visit the Yorkshire Fly-Fishers' Club website.

Whins Pond Coarse Fishery 

Edenhall, Penrith. Day permits are available, for more information telephone 01768 862671.

Blencarn Lake - Blencarn Hall 

10 miles east of Penrith. A single 15 acre stream fed reservoir, in peaceful farming countryside. Coloured shallow water. Fish: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout. Day tickets are available, for more information telephone Mr J Stamper on 01768 88284.

River Eden Upper Reaches:

Flowing from the source of the river on Mallerstang Common, to Watersmeet, near Temple Sowerby, where the Rivers Eden and Eamont join.


The fishing is divided between the National Trust and private landowners. There is limited public access, so ensure that you have the landowners permission before going onto private land. Fish: Pike, Trout and Char.

For further details contact: The Property Manager (National Trust), telephone 017684 82067 or email

Brothers Water (West Shore), Ullswater

National Trust water, with a small lake at the foot of Kirkstone Pass. Fishing available on the western shore at the top end. Fish: Brown Trout, Perch and Eel. For more information, email


Off the A592 at Hartsop on Kirkstone Pass. Permits are available from Ullswater Information Centre. For more information telephone visit the Lake District Fishing website or email

Rookin House

Fishing pond stocked with Rainbow Trout, ideal for beginners and children.
Rookin House Farm, Troutbeck, Ullswater, Penrith, CA11 0SS.

Telephone 017684 83561, email or Visit the Rookin House website.

Appleby Angling Association

Has rights to several sections of the River Eden, all within about 5 miles of Appleby Town Centre, and members have some reciprocal rights with Penrith Angling Association. 

For further details, contact the ticket secretary: H Pigney and Son - Ironmongers, High Wiend, Appleby, telephone: 017683 51240 or visit the Appleby Angling Association website.

Tebay Anglers

Tebay Anglers offer weekly or seasonal permits, for brown trout, sea trout and salmon fishing along 15 miles of the river Lune and its tributaries. Alternatively, Bessy Beck Trout Fishery provides tuition, tackle and angling for all abilities and age groups with easy and safe access.

Visit the Tebay Anglers website for more details.

Bessy Beck Trout Fishery

Stocked weekly, with Rainbow and Brown. 
Bessy Bessy Trout Fishery, Newbiggin-on-Lune, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4LY. 
Telephone 01539 623303, email or visit the Bessy Beck Trout Fishery website.

Border Game Angling

Fully qualified and fully insured AAPGAI and FFF game angling instructor offering instruction on many beats of the river Eden since 1997. 
Telephone 01228 548222, email or visit the Border Game Angling website.

Kirkby Stephen and District Angling Association

Kirkby Stephen and District Angling Association control some nine miles of fishing on the River Eden and a further four miles on the River Belah and Scandal Beck, all of these fisheries offer wild brown trout fly fishing. Stretches of the River Eden include: Pendragon, Wharton Hall, Stenkrith, Frank's Bridge, Eastfield Bridge, Beckfoot, Musgrove, Ploughlands, Warcop, River Belah - above and below Belah Bridge. Day tickets available.  For more information contact: The Secretary, Colin Edney on 01768342073, email or visit the Kirkby Stephen and District Angling Association website.

John Pape Angling Services (Fly Fishing)

Four rods available daily for fly fishing on extensive stretches of the River Eden. For more information, visit or email

The Eden Angler

Professional fly fishing, casting tuition and guiding service on the River Eden and its tributaries, visit for more information.

Alston and District Angling Association

River South Tyne (Alston to Langley Viaduct). Fly and spinning only.  For more information telephone 01434 381270.

Fishing Shops

Penrith area:

Charles R Sykes, 4, Great Dockray, Penrith, CA11 7BL
Telephone: 01768 862418

Go Outdoors, Ullswater Road, Penrith, CA11 7EH
Telephone: 0344 387 6841

John Norris, 20-21 Victoria Road, Penrith, CA11 8HP
Telephone: 01768 864211

Kirkby Stephen area:

Bessy Beck Tackle Shop, Bessy Beck Trout Fishery, Newbiggin-on-Lune,
Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4LY
Telephone: 015396 23303

Further information

  • For a leaflet on Where to go Fishing in the North West, produced by the Environment Agency, or a REDFA Fishing guide for Eden, please contact Penrith TIC.

  • Anyone fishing for salmon, trout, freshwater fish or eels within England or Wales must hold a Rod Licence (available from post offices or on-line from the Environment Agency). For more information, visit The UK.Gov website. Ensure that you have the relevant landowners permission before going onto private land and always check if any restrictions apply.

  • The Eden Rivers Trust's website provides more information on fishing on the River Eden.

    Fishing tokens are available from Appleby Tourist Information Centre.