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There’s nothing better than getting out into the countryside – and particularly so in God’s own county.  Abbots Green is in an ideal location for road and mountain biking, walking and more – but this month, we’re focusing on fishing in Yorkshire.

Our sister site at Swaleside near Topcliffe has fantastic fishing on the River Swale. They even hold regular inter-park fishing competitions, open to residents across our sites.

For all those who like nothing better than getting closer to nature by casting off, we’ve compiled a brief rundown of some favoured North Yorkshire fishing spots. In light of the current situation with Covid-19, please call ahead or click on the website links below to check on the latest updates for each site:

Fishing in Yorkshire: The Moors

A four-minute drive from Abbots Green, and near to the Kilburn White Horse is Low Osgoodby Lake. Open for fly fishing all year round, it caters for about 10 anglers in beautiful surroundings. Call 07976 926 761 or email flyfishinglowosgoodbygrange@gmail.com for details.

Casting your net slightly wider – a 45-minute drive from Abbots Green – is Birkdale Fishery, near Terrington. Three lakes, a large lake, a family lake and a mixed lake are set in superb surroundings. It caters for about 80 anglers and is open throughout the year for coarse fishing.

For further suggestions, check out this comprehensive list provided by the North York Moors National Park.

The Dales

Slightly further afield, but certainly worth the trek for a day out are some great options in the Dales.

Fewston and Swinsty Reservoirs, part of a group known as the Washburn Valley Reservoirs, offer a fine day for keen walkers, nature lovers and fishing enthusiasts alike. They are run by Yorkshire Water and are between Harrogate and Skipton, offering a mix of fly fishing and some coarse fishing. Click here for more about fishing in the Washburn Valley.

Alternatively, there are around 7 miles of great fly fishing spots along the River Nidd as it runs through Nidderdale. It’s best to contact the Nidderdale Angling Club for further information about the best spots – including the Scar House Reservoir, which is run by the club. Further downstream at Wetherby, you’ll find coarse fishing at Cowthorpe Fishery.

The Sea

To experience the rich fishing heritage of the North Yorkshire Coast, you could do worse than visiting Staithes, about an hour’s drive from Thirsk. At low tide, large areas of flat rock are exposed to make good platforms from which to fish. It’s also possible to take a trip on a boat for sea fishing. Click here for more details.

As ever, if you’re interested in fishing in Yorkshire and would like to know more about what’s available in the local area, our friendly team will be more than happy to help. We have many fishing enthusiasts who enjoy trips out from their holiday homes here at Abbots Green – you’re sure to fit right in!

This blog was updated in July 2020 to provide a more accurate overview of fishing in Yorkshire.

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