Top places in the UK for a fishing break

Wednesday, 11 April 2012 12:59 PM

Could there be a more relaxing short getaway than spending your days at the water's edge fishing, before returning to the UK holiday cottage you have hired for a cosy evening and tucking into your fresh catch? If so, there are a few places you may wish to visit.


When you book a fishing holiday cottage in the north-west, you will be following in the footsteps of countless other fans of the sport who have been attracted by the stunning countryside and wealth of angling opportunities.

Cumbria is home to deep lakes and gushing rivers that are perfect for whiling away a day with your rods. Pike is in abundance and in some places you could land a huge specimen when fishing for this breed.


The north-east of the UK also has its fair share of opportunities to indulge in your favourite sport - especially if you like sea fishing. Beadnell Bays, Newton, Druridge Bay and Alnmouth Bay in Northumberland are all prize spots along the North Sea coastline.

Alternatively, you can set up your equipment and spend the day at one of the county's rivers, with the Tyne, the Aln and the Coquet the best options for anglers. During the summer, plenty of fishermen flock here to reel in tasty bites like mackerel, bass and plaice.


Home to the Peak District National Park, Derbyshire is also a great place for a fishing holiday. In the park itself, you have the choice of going river or coarse fishing, depending on which you prefer.

Waterways including the Derwent, Dove and Wye are among the best in the country for the sport, being heavily stocked with grayling and trout - both the rainbow and wild brown varieties - while coarse fishers can make their way to Rudyard, Ladybower or Carsington reservoirs.


If you fancy heading north of the border for your next short holiday, be sure to pack your rod, tackle and bait, as Scotland has its own fair share of great places to fish. For instance, the River Spey is one of the most famous in the world thanks to its salmon population.

The River Dee is another place where you're in with a chance of reeling in one of the pink fish, while spending the day at a loch could see you catch everything from trout to arctic char.

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