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Where to Fish around the UK

Incredible venues well worth a stay over trip

COLDINGHAM LOCK

WITH some great stillwaters either side of the eastern end of the Anglo-Scottish border, Coldingham Loch offers the perfect base for a fishing holiday in this part of the world.

Visitors can choose from two stone cottages and three wooden chalets, all of them in a setting thankfully free from the midges that can blight Scottish angling in summer, thanks to the loch’s setting by the North Sea, which precludes the humid conditions that the midges seem to favour. The Lochside Cottage is a recently refurbished Victorian boathouse, which sits over the loch and comes with its own boat moored underneath.

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Just across the loch from the Fishermen’s Lodge this cottage offers a truly special place to stay and experience the tranquillity of the fishery. Accessible by car or boat across the loch, it sleeps 3/4 in two bedrooms, in centrally heated comfort. Facilities include fridge, gas cooker, TV for watching DVDs (no live TV), CD/radio and an open plan kitchen and lounge with double doors onto a balcony over the loch.

Lodge Cottage is a single storey cottage that would have been the gatehouse to the old estate. This traditional whitewashed building has a light and airy feel with an open fire and is now fully double-glazed offering warm and comfortable accommodation, plus a garden area to sit out in. Sleeps six in three bedrooms and is just a few minutes’ walk to the loch. Wooden chalets three chalets situated across several acres near the entrance to the site.

All are recently refurbished, bright, comfortable, and warm with a place to sit outside and each has car parking spaces. Whichever accommodation you opt for, Coldingham’s charming 22-acre loch is within easy reach. One of Scotland’s oldest established fisheries, its spring-fed depths provide top quality flyfishing for brown, blue and rainbow trout from bank or boat.

Rod numbers are restricted so that the fishery is never overcrowded (advance booking recommended). A comfortable lodge is also available and tuition can be booked.

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ADDRESS Coldingham Loch Fly Fishery, Westloch Road, Coldingham, Berwickshire TD14 5QE

CONTACT 01890 771960 www.coldinghamloch.co.uk info@coldinghamloch.co.uk

OPEN Daily from 8.30am until 5pm (10pm once evening sessions start). The loch will close on November 27, 2016 until March 2017.

PRICE RANGE £10-£30

SWEETHOPE LOUGH

OFFERING a perfect getaway at this hugely popular but isolated venue on the Northumberland moors, two well equipped holiday cottages lie on the southern bank of Sweethope’s Little Lough, across from a five-pitch caravan site on the north bank. The self-catering cottages are housed in a pair of single storey crofts built from traditional Northumbrian stone, and offer a truly rural hideaway, surrounded as they are by miles of open countryside and woodland on the exclusive Ray Estate.

Each cottage accommodates up to four people and shares an outbuilding that provides secure storage of fishing tackle and clothing. Both also provide a double bedroom, one bunk bedroom, one bathroom and a modern open plan kitchen/living area, with exposed beams.

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The cottages have a washer/dryer and one also has the use of a dishwasher. Heating is by night-store and a wood-burning stove, with logs provided, to ensure a cosy living area. While the cottages can be booked separately, an interlinking door can be unlocked to accommodate larger gatherings of families and friends. On the north bank of the Little Lough, Lough House can accommodate up to five touring caravans and motor homes for stays up to 28 days. The caravan site is exclusive to members of the Caravan Club.

Open year-round (pre-booking advisable) Lough House is set in about half an acre and sheltered from the wind by mature woodland, offering a quiet and relaxing location with views over Sweethope Loughs. The site slopes gently towards the lough and provides five terraced hardstanding pitches, each with its own electric hook-up and water point. Awnings are not permitted. Well behaved dogs are

There’s fishing on your doorstep at Fron Farm in Wales. Sweethope’s tree-line is part of its identity. FRON FARM FISHERY IF you’re looking for a base for a fishing holiday in west Wales, Fron Farm will have you almost fishing from your doorstep, courtesy of the four-star bed and breakfast and campsite facilities operated at this mixed game and coarse fishery, just south of Aberystwyth.

When you’ve had your fill at the venue’s two trout lakes, you can retire to the on-site B&B or the campsite, the latter hosting tents, touring caravans, trailer tents and motorhomes. The B&B (£30pp per night; under-fours free) offers two large double bedrooms, both with en-suite, which enjoy panoramic view of the lakes. The spacious, centrally heated bedrooms have a standard double bed and a single bed, as well as a seating area and flat screen TV, a small fridge, kettle and coffee/tea-making equipment.

Handy for guests with restricted mobility, access to the building leads directly from a secure car park and the bedrooms are on the ground floor. A guest lounge/dining room is heated by a woodburner when required and has reclining sofas and a large TV. WiFi is available and pets are very welcome, subject to prior notice being given. A local pub and shop will be found in the village, just one and half miles away.

The campsite is surrounded by lakes and farmland and offers ample opportunity for country walks. The pet friendly site incorporates a reasonably sheltered tent area, and touring caravan hard-standings with electric hook up points. There is a fresh water supply and chemical waste disposal point in the tent area, while a shower and toilet are located near the house. Camping prices go from £10 to £17.50 per night. While the fishery is a 30-minute drive from Aberystwyth, Lampeter or Aberaeron, should you wish to explore the area, fly anglers have plenty to do on-site, thanks to the two trout lakes.

The challenging Lower Trout Lake is over 20 feet deep and stocked with rainbows and blues around 1.5lb, while brown trout (catch and release only) breed naturally in the clean water. The fish caught in this lake are well earned, as it is not an easy water to fish.

There is easy access between trout lakes. Upper Trout Lake is approximately 10 feet deep, helping the trout remain cool in the warmest of summers. A smaller lake but with the same sporting fish as the Lower Lake, it is ideal for novices and the younger angler, as casting here is easier.

FACTFILE

ADDRESS Sweethope Loughs, Lough House, Harle, Northumberland NE19 2PN

CONTACT 01830 540349/07791 707097 www.sweethope.co.uk info@sweethopeadventure.co.uk

OPEN Daily sunrise to sunset, March-December inclusive

PRICE RANGE £12-£28 (boat hire £7-£14)

FRON FARM FISHERY

IF you’re looking for a base for a fishing holiday in west Wales, Fron Farm will have you almost fishing from your doorstep, courtesy of the four-star bed and breakfast and campsite facilities operated at this mixed game and coarse fishery, just south of Aberystwyth.

When you’ve had your fill at the venue’s two trout lakes, you can retire to the on-site B&B or the campsite, the latter hosting tents, touring caravans, trailer tents and motorhomes.

The B&B (£30pp per night; under-fours free) offers two large double bedrooms, both with en-suite, which enjoy panoramic view of the lakes. The spacious, centrally heated bedrooms have a standard double bed and a single bed, as well as a seating area and flat screen TV, a small fridge, kettle and coffee/tea-making equipment.

Handy for guests with restricted mobility, access to the building leads directly from a secure car park and the bedrooms are on the ground floor. A guest lounge/dining room is heated by a woodburner when required and has reclining sofas and a large TV.

WiFi is available and pets are very welcome, subject to prior notice being given. A local pub and shop will be found in the village, just one and half miles away. The campsite is surrounded by lakes and farmland and offers ample opportunity for country walks.

The pet friendly site incorporates a reasonably sheltered tent area, and touring caravan hard-standings with electric hook up points. There is a fresh water supply and chemical waste disposal point in the tent area, while a shower and toilet are located near the house. Camping prices go from £10 to £17.50 per night.

While the fishery is a 30-minute drive from Aberystwyth, Lampeter or Aberaeron, should you wish to explore the area, fly anglers have plenty to do on-site, thanks to the two trout lakes. The challenging Lower Trout Lake is over 20 feet deep and stocked with rainbows and blues around 1.5lb, while brown trout (catch and release only) breed naturally in the clean water.

The fish caught in this lake are well earned, as it is not an easy water to fish. There is easy access between trout lakes. Upper Trout Lake is approximately 10 feet deep, helping the trout remain cool in the warmest of summers. A smaller lake but with the same sporting fish as the Lower Lake, it is ideal for novices and the younger angler, as casting here is easier.

FACTFILE

ADDRESS Fron Farm Fishery, Bontnewydd Aberystwyth SY23 4JG

CONTACT 01974 251392 www.fronfarmfishery.co.uk info@fronfarmfishery.co.uk

OPEN Daily 7am to 9pm

PRICE £10 (plus £2.50 per lb for retained fish)


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