A wide range of fishing is available on the Swinton Estate which stretches from the river valley in Wensleydale up onto the moorland Dales.
A two mile stretch on the River Ure can be fished for wild brown trout and grayling (and recently salmon have also returned to the river), and Leighton Reservoir is stocked with rainbow trout. The River Ure is a typical “freestone” Dales river and the fish can be caught on wide variety of fly-fishing styles. The most famous fly-fishing style in these parts is the use of traditional Yorkshire Spiders. However, other methods such as dry fly, wet fly, upstream nymph and Czech nymphing can all be used to great effect. On the reservoir, again you can use traditional wet fly techniques but don’t neglect the dry fly which can also be very effective.
The five lakes in the parkland at Swinton Park are home to pike, tench and perch.
For guests staying at Swinton Park, the Orvis Rod Room is well equipped with Orvis fly rods and flies, jackets, waders, coarse rods – and a drying cupboard for those caught out in the elements! A refundable deposit of £50 applies for use of the rods.
Please note that for all fishing on the Swinton Estate, individuals are responsible for organising their own fishing licences. These can be paid for on an annual or daily basis, via the internet or at a Post Office.
There is a definite crispness in the air now, heralding the arrival of game, wild mushrooms and other Autumnal treats. While the weather is still perfect for walking, cycling and riding it’s also a great time to enjoy replenishing Spa treats and tempting gourmet indulgences, such as our Estate Lunch Menu – currently featuring grouse – or our inspiring range of seasonal cookery courses.