Fishing in the Lake District and the Eden

From Fishing Huts:  The Angler’s Sancturary by Jo Orchard-Lisle, Excellent Press 2008

The Eden is considered one of the best salmon rivers in England. It is 90 miles long, running mainly from north to south, and in its early stages forms the boundary between Cumbria and North Yorkshire. The landscape through which it flows changes dramatically: the river rises in moorland 2,200 feet above sea level, goes over a waterfall called Hell Gill Force and plunges down stony glides, valleys and a limestone ravine before widening as it glides through rich farmland and woodland, past sandstone caves – finally to reach the mudstone flats at Carlisle before spilling out into the Solway Firth and so to the Irish Sea. During its journey the Eden gathers many tributaries, which contribute to Cumbria having more fishing waters than any other county in England.

***Please don’t forget to get an Environment Agency Rod Licence before fishing. These can be purchased on line or via a local post office with varying prices depending on duration of licence 1 day – full season. ***

A number of our favourite fishing options are outlined below including guided and non guided.

(i) Penrith Anglers Association established in 1850 is a non profit group which controls just over 40 miles of riverbank fly fishing on the rivers Eden, Eamont, Lowther, Petteril, Lyvennet, Leith, Dacre Beck and Trout Beck.  The fishing in this area is mostly brown trout & grayling but there are also some salmon.  This river system is a Candidate European Special Area of Conservation and a Site of Special Scientific Interest which speaks to its varied terrain and beautiful rural prospects.  The trout season runs from 15th March – 30th Sept.

Please visit the excellent Penrith Anglers website on for information about the fishing and places where the tickets can be purchased. Visitors can purchase a daily (£15) or weekly ticket (£50) from a number of local providers listed on the Penrith Anglers website.

The website provides maps and parking info for more than 20 fishing locations covered by their daily/weekly tickets.

(ii) Whins Pond (Coarse fishery)

Whins Pond is located along the A686 about 2 miles from Penrith on the right hand side and clearly signposted near Edenhall.  They do not have a website but can be contacted on 01768 862 671 and permits are available on site.

This is a really scenic and peaceful lake encompassing about 8 acres of fishing with 30 pegs available and is stocked with tench, bream, carp and roach.  The fish grow to good size and 14 lb bream and > 20 lb carp have been caught at Whins Pond.  The owners will supply rods, reels and bait.

(iii) Blencarn Rainbow Trout Fishing Lake (still water fly fishing)

This 15 acre lake near Skirwith can be reached by following the A686 into Langwathby, then taking a right in the village signposted Skirwith and Blencarn Lake is along this road on the left hand side.  There is a bothy with toilets, picnic facilities and a place to boil a kettle.   Rates vary depending on time spent fishing and whether the trout are kept or catch and release.  The season runs from 2nd April – 31st October open from  8 am till sunset.

This pond is affiliated with the Tufton Arms Hotel in Appleby and more information can be found about it on this website or from J Stamper on 01768 882 84.

(iii) Fly Fishing Tuition and Half or Full Days Out on private beats

There are many fishing beats along the Eden and other local rivers which are not open to the public.  Glyn Freeman at Cumbria Fly Fishing is a full time, highly qualified fly casting instructor and guide as well as being a keeper on one of the lower stretches of Eden and the appointed fly casting instructor and guide for John Norris of Penrith.   Glyn runs a series of courses and can arrange private sessions of fishing for groups up to a maximum of six and provides all equipment, if needed (waders, rods, flies, safety equipment etc). From his website

“The sessions are tailored to suit whatever your ability, aspirations and requirements are. Included in the cost is one fishing permit (for one extra person fishing please add £50). Days out are done in a relaxed and friendly manner, my aim is for you to go away competent, relaxed, happy, with new skills and something special.   You will be put in real fishing situations in the water, (not on the grass or a platform). I can supply free of charge photos of your day out.  Cost c. £95 for 3 hours/half day or £180 6 hours or full day including fishing permit and equipment.

 Tel:  01697 351 752 or 07808 563 788 or


Fishing on the Middle Eden, image courtesy of Glyn FreemanA bend in the River Eden, image courtesy of Cumbria FlyBlencarn Rainbow Trout Lake looking up towards the PenninesBlencarn Lake with the fells in the distanceFly fishing on the Middle Eden, image courtesy of Glyn FreemanA view of Lacey's Caves across the Eden on the Rowley Estate, image courtesy of Cumbria Fly FishingUpper Lazonby Eden River fishing beat of Glyn Freeman, Cumbria FlyAn otter playing near one of the Eden fishing locations, image courtesy of Cumbria FlyFly Fishing on the River Eden, image courtesy of Val CorbettGlyn Freeman's Fly Fishing courses on the River EdenLower Lazonby Glyn Freeman Cumbria Fly fishing beatThe Weir by Eden Lacy in the Rowley Estate, image courtesy of Cumbria Fly FishingA bend in the River Eden, image courtesy of Cumbria Fly FishingWhins Pond, great coarse fishingOne of the Fishing Docks at Whins PondWhins Pond coarse fishing lake wooded shoreline