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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 Fishermanfishing 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

Lazonby Estates. Four and half miles of fishing mostly let to season rods but with some opportunity for day visitors. Brown trout and grayling fishing may also be available from time to time. For prices and booking contact Linda Atkinson on 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 details and booking information, please visit

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 Fishermen photo by Tony West courtesy of the Nurture Eden Photo Library

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

Visit the Penrith Anglers website for more information.

The Yorkshire Fly-Fishers' Club

The club has several notable beats on the Eden at Wetheral, Armathwaite, Langwathby, Temple Sowerby and Crackenthorpe.  The total fishing available is approximately 18 miles most of which is double bank.

The club's beat is approximately 4 miles of single bank fishing on the lower Eamont. Much of what has been said of the Eden can apply to the Eamont; excepting the Eamont trout can be a little more challenging. A significant proportion of the Eden salmon, including most of the spring stocks run up the Eamont and head for Ullswater.
Grayling are present in reasonable numbers in both Eden and Eamont.

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

Whins Pond Coarse Fishery, Edenhall, Penrith

The fishery comprises a large scenic lake split into two sections by a net. The coarse section covers about 8 acres and has 30 pegs and is well stocked with tench, bream, carp and roach.

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 River Eden photo by Tony West courtesy of the Nurture Eden Photo LibraryTrout. 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: Perch, 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

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.  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 AnglersFisherman

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 information.

Bessy Beck Trout Fishery, Newbiggin on Lune, Kirkby Stephen

Stocked weekly, with Rainbow and Brown.

Visit the Bessy Beck Trout Fishery website for more information.

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.

Visit the Border Game Angling website for more information.

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.

Visit the Kirkby Stephen and District Angling Association website for more information.

The Eden Angler

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

Visit The Eden Angler website for more information.

Alston and District Angling Association

River South Tyne (Alston to Langley Viaduct). Fly and spinning only.

Visit the Alston and District Angling Association website for more information.

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

  • Anyone fishing for salmon, trout, freshwater fish or eels within England or Wales must hold a Rod Licence.  These are available from post offices or on-line from the Environment Agency. For more information on buying a rod fishing licence, 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 website provides more information on the River Eden