Top Fishing Destinations from The Great Inns

Located across Britain’s most admired countryside, the Great Inns of Britain provide some of the most peaceful and scenic fishing spots – perfect for a weekend retreat this summer. Luckily for you, we have whipped together a list of the best places to enjoy a relaxing and blissful fishing weekend.

The Peacock at Rowsley

This small luxury hotel is the hub for the Haddon Estate fisheries which offers some of the finest and most extensive dry fly fishing for wild trout in the country. Famed for its seven miles of fly fishing on the Rivers Wye and Derwent, anglers travel from all over the world to fish for rare wild rainbow trout and the unique strain of brown trout found only in this river in the United Kingdom.

Haddon Estate’s Riverkeepers are always free to offer helpful advice and guides are available for longer periods of assistance. This river teems with insects due to the excellent water quality so there is always something to cast to and stalk, including the very accommodating Wild Rainbows. Day tickets are available from The Peacock, for both residents and non-resident for fishing on over seven miles of the River Wye and on three and a half miles of the River Derwent.

Regular Day Ticket 2017 – £50 per day –   From 1 April to 9 May and from 22 June to 7 October.

Mayfly Season Day Ticket 2017 – £90 per day – From 10 May to 22 June.

Call 01629 733518 to book.

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The Blue Lion, Wensleydale

This summer, enjoy a day’s fishing on the Blue Lion’s private beat, combined with dinner and bed and breakfast at the quintessential 18th century English coaching inn; with its exposed beams, relaxing atmosphere, sumptuous food, fine wines and real ale.

The River Ure is one of North Yorkshire’s best kept secrets as a premier salmon river. This is a magical river, meandering through the iconic rolling hills of Wensleydale in the stunning Yorkshire Dales. The Blue Lion Inn is but a short distance away, making it the perfect location for all standards of fishermen. During 2012, some of the biggest salmon caught in the British Isles came from the River Ure with many fish exceeding 20lb in weight.

The fishing season runs from 6th April to 31st October. Last minute day passes can be issued, as can expert tuition and/or a Ghillie for the day – but this needs to be booked in advance.

Call 01969 624273 or make a booking, or to discuss your individual requirements.

For more information and to find out about The Blue Lion’s Ultimate Salmon Fishing Stay visit:

Inn at Whitewell, Lancashire

Lying deep within the Forest of Bowland, sitting on the banks of the River Hodder, the Inn at Whitewell offers an idyllic haven for fishing enthusiasts. With approximately seven miles of river, 14 pools and lots of interesting runs, seasoned fishermen and amateur anglers alike travel far and wide to wade in these waters. Salmon, sea trout and grayling run the rivers towards the end of May, whilst virtually year-round brown, rainbow and blue trout make these waters productive all year round.

With a country-wide reputation for good food and wines, this charming country Inn offers comfortable accommodation in a spectacular and uniquely rural location. In conjunction with the Whitewell Fishing Association, four daily rods to bona fide residents are available for fishing on the River Hodder. Make a day of it and enjoy a delicious and truly British picnic provided by the Inn, whilst soaking up the stunning views of the Hodder Valley.

Fishing is available only to residents:

£20 per day 15th March – 30th June

£30.00 per day 1st July- 31st August

£60 1st September – 31st October

Grayling £15 per day November 1st – 14th March

To book call 01200 448222 or email

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The Rose & Crown at Romaldkirk

Enjoy fishing in Teesdale and lay your head to rest at nearby coaching Inn The Rose & Crown at Romaldkirk, with it’s picturesque surroundings and supremely comfortable bedrooms. The upper reaches of the river Tees provide some superb fishing for trout and grayling, and with its remarkably varied water ways its a delight for all level of fishermen.

The Inn can offer a qualified guide and instructor who will collect you from the door, supply all equipment including waders and take you to the best spots so you can concentrate on enjoying the experience. Available for 1-3 people for either a half or full day, this is a great way to explore the river Tees and take in the beautiful scenery. The Rose & Crown also offer Fly Fishing breaks until 30 Sept; the Inn have teamed up with Olly Shepherd to provide fully guided fly fishing trips in Teesdale. Olly is a fully qualified instructor for both adults and children. His service includes collecting you from the front door of the Rose & Crown in his vehicle and the supply of all the required equipment including waders so that you can really get in to the river fishing experience.

This is very much for the complete novice as well as the experienced angler. Try it once and you may be hooked!

Rates in addition to accommodation:

Half Day: £130 pp (2 people £95pp/3 people £70pp)

Full Day: £220 pp (2 people £165pp/3 people £129pp)

To book call 01833 650213 or email

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