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Spiritual home of fishing for sale

Outstanding stretch of the River Dove, which was much loved by Compleat Angler author Isaac Walton, is for sale

The Beresford Fishery is a well-known and historic stretch of the River Dove offering around three miles of double bank fishing available as a whole or as three beats, and including approximately 33 acres of woodland and grassland, plus a wonderful Grade II* listed fishing house dating back to the 17th century.

This spot offers some of the very best wild trout fishing in England and comprises three distinct sections, all in their own right different and each offering the fisherman a great variety of challenges, and set in the stunning Peak District National Park.

River Dove fishing for sale
Much has changed over the generations: for instance the ornamental waterfalls in Beat 2 have been altered to reduce silting and increase water flow. Gravelled spawning grounds have been created, weed growth encouraged and nature allowed to enhance flora, fawna and insect life with prudent fencing. Within a very short space of time, there have also been significant increases in wild stock.

River Dove fishing for sale
Historians of fishing will be pleased to learn that Charles Cotton, who lived and was born at Beresford Hall on the banks of the Dove where this fishing is offered for sale, was a great friend of Compleat Angler author Isaac Walton and a contributor to editions of this seminal text on the sport.

River Dove fishing temple

Their friendship is represented in the building called The Fishing Temple, which was built in 1674 and features the two men’s initials entwined with a Latin enscription on its keystone.

The fishing is located along the Derbyshire/Staffordshire borders. Derby is 23 miles and Manchester 41 miles.

The guide price is £450,000. For further information please contact Knight Frank on 0143 227 3087 or visit

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