Britain’s best fishing locations

Sitting and enjoying a peaceful river or lake view is part of the joy of fishing. Whether you are new to the sport or a seasoned professional, here are six of the best places in Britain for fishing 


Fishing laws in the UK

Before your fishing trip make sure you check whether it is legal to fish. Some areas operate ‘close seasons’ or fishing is forbidden. Limits are often set to protect fish stocks and a license is needed for rod fishing. Visit the government website for more details.


Six of the most picturesque spots in the UK for fishing provided by Fishing TV

River Wye, Wales

River Wye, Wales/Credit: Visit Wales

This stunning river is popular with fly fishers and coarse anglers alike. The former are attracted by the excellent trout fishing to be found in the upper river, and the annual salmon run, while the latter enjoy the barbel fishing that the river is famous for.

River Dove, Derbyshire

River Dover, Derbyshire

The Dove, a limestone river, rises near Buxton and flows through the Peak District, cutting its way through a series of impressive gorges. The Dove is a name that resounds down through the fishing ages, being mentioned in Izaak Walton’s Compleat Angler, originally published in 1653, for the quality of the trout and grayling fishing. Coarse anglers will also enjoy great catches of chub, barbel as well as roach, bream, pike and more.

Windermere, Cumbria

Windermere, Lake District/Credit: David Jones

Not only the largest natural lake in England, but without doubt one of the prettiest too. Along with all the other activities that the Lake District has to offer, Windermere holds some very big pike, as well as perch, eels, trout, and one of only 340 populations of Arctic Charr in the UK. Salmon and sea-trout also migrate through the lake.

River Itchen, Hampshire

River Itchen, Hampshire/Credit: Herry Lawford

The chalk streams of the south of England are famous the world over as one of the places where dry fly fishing for brown trout was codified and developed. The manicured banks of the Itchen and the famously ‘gin clear’ waters make it an idyllic place to fish, and its quintessentially British.

Padstow, Cornwall

Padstow, Cornwall/Credit: Visit Cornwall

This charming fishing port is on the foodie map for the quality of its seafood. The productive waters of the Cornish coast offer angling from the shore, from boats, and in the estuary of the River Camel.

Loch Leven, Kinross, Scotland

Loch Leven, Kinross, Scotland/Credit:VisitScotland Kenny Lam

Fly fishers chasing the wild brown trout here are overlooked by Loch Leven Castle and the ruins of the Priory of St. Serfs, as well as the surrounding nature reserve and its populations of wildfowl. The fish grow to an impressive size and are renowned for their fighting ability.


Fishing TV held the first ever World Fishing Day on Saturday 23rd June 2018 in a bid to unite the angling community, bring new people into the sport and celebrate the joys of angling.