Derbyshire Angling | The Beresford Fishery
Discover this historic spiritual home for anglers on the banks of the River Dove.
A BIBLE TO ANGLERS WORLDWIDE
Visitors to Derbyshire will know that it’s filled with fascinating sites of historical interest. One of its most picturesque and unspoilt is The Beresford Fishery – known locally as the Temple this spiritual home for anglers sits on the banks of the River Dove. Visitors can walk in the footsteps of famous fishermen Charles Cotton and Izaak Walton. Inspired by these same waters, the world renowned “The Compleat Angler” was penned by Walton in the 17th century; a bible to anglers worldwide.
Over three centuries later, this idyllic three mile stretch of the River Dove is a haven for fishing enthusiasts. Home to breathtaking spots like the Pyke Pool and an abundance of wild trout and grayling, The Beresford Fishery is a must-visit for recreational anglers; surrounded by the beauty of the Peak District National Park.
UNOFFICIAL BIRTHPLACE OF ANGLING
Sporting Walton and Cotton’s initials above the door, the mysterious stone temple has a charming history behind it. Built in 1674 by Charles as a celebration of his friendship with fly-fishing inventor Izaak, the Temple is steeped in history. The two friends will have spent hours perfecting their craft here – it is even known as the unofficial birthplace of angling. With the motto “Piscatoribus sacrum” (Sacred to Fishermen) carved above the door, you’ll never find a fishing retreat so perfect.
Inside the Temple is an inviting space featuring a log-burning fireplace, a beamed ceiling and diamond leaded glass windows. Little has changed in its three centuries of sheltering anglers. On the wall you’ll notice author and keen fly fisherman Robert Traver’s “Testament of a Fisherman”, it’s impossible not to feel inspired by this stone homage to fishing.
FEATURES A HAND FORGED LATCH
As well as an original granite table, you’ll find carefully chosen pieces from Indigo Furniture in the Temple. The homely Plank Poacher’s Cupboard is made from solid Canadian Pine and features a hand forged latch. Alongside handcrafted Mill Chairs – steadfast solid Beech chairs with a decidedly square aesthetic. Whether you’re discussing your day’s catch or relaxing with a well-deserved cup of tea, it’s a setting that you can really feel at home in.
A TRANQUIL DAY’S FISHING
Organise a visit to The Beresford Fishery and become a part of its rich heritage. Alongside access to mile upon mile of riverbank for a tranquil day’s fishing, the site is surrounded by acres of woodland to explore. The Beresford Fishery is privately owned, solely available through gamekeeper Stephen Moores and is accessed via a private gateway off the main path.
Contact Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Beresford Fishery Nr Hartington, Derbyshire, SK17 0HQ.