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Bessy Beck LocationBessy Beck Trout Fishery is situated at the foot of the Howgills near to the Lake District and Yorkshire dales where the fish farm produces some of the best rainbow trout in Cumbria.





Angling at Bessy Beck


The fishery has angling for all abilities with easy and safe access.

The Island Lake provides a challenge for the experienced fly fisherman, with trout stocked from 2lb to 15lb it is the only lake where catch and release is allowed.

The Mallard lake is another Fly Fishing Lake where all fish caught must be killed, these cooperative 1.5lb fish make it the ideal lake for newcomers to fly fishing or for those who wish to take a few home for the pot.

The Heron Lake is for families, children and those who dont want to fly fish. You can hire tackle and bait and catch a number of pan sized rainbow trout.


Angling Tuition at Bessy Beck

At Bessy Beck we have two fully qualified licensed angling coaches; this enables us to provide fly fishing instruction for complete beginners and lessons for improvers. Our specialty is Trout fly fishing but we also offer Salmon fishing instruction.




Bessy Beck Smokehouse

For a number of years our smokehouse has produced trout smoked using various woods,  our range also includes, smoked salmon, smoked chicken, smoked duck and smoked pheasant.

All these products can be purchased from our Farm Shop at Bessy Beck, Farmers Markets or from Cumbria Food Direct.


For suppliers and users of Bessy Beck smoked products, click here.



Julia Bradbury of Country File samples our smoked trout pate at Rheged Discovery Centre.

Bessy Beck Farm Shop

At the Farm Shop you can buy fresh trout, smoked products from our own smokehouse as well as fish cakes and our famous Smoked Trout Pate. 

We also sell other local produce, see - farm shop web page.



B's Tea Room at Bessy Beck

Opened in April 2008 it provides tea's and coffee's, light snacks and mid day meals. It is popular with anglers for their morning bacon buns and families visiting Bessy Beck.



There are lots of lovely walks around the area.  just across the road from us is the Smaredale Gill walk, this takes you along the disused railway, its a sheltered walk with many wild flowers and butterflies to see.  Green Bell is well worth the trek for the beautiful views.  of course you can call in for a bowl of warm soup and some of Marion's delicious cake when you return.

Bessy Beck Fishing Tackle Shop

Bessy Beck has a well stocked tackle shop for the game fisherman, there is tackle for the lake and river trout angler as well as equipment for the local salmon enthusiast. Beginners fly fishing starter kits are a specialty.

Products from Wychwood, Snowbee and Fulling Mill are stocked along with a wide range of flies from a number of suppliers.

Opening times...

Monday Open Easter Monday
Tuesday   Closed
Wednesday    8.00am - 5.00pm
Thursday    8.00am - 5.00pm
Friday    8.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday    8.00am - 5.00pm
Sunday    8.00am - 5.00pm


To book angling Tel 01539623303 or 07791563355.

The Tea Room  is now closed until Easter 2015.

Fresh and smoked trout may be purchased from the shop from Wednesday to Sunday. 10.00am- 4.00pm.

Leighton Reservoir reopens Saturday 21st February 2015. For information on Leighton or Swinton Trout Farm call 01765 689270



 Bessy Beck Trout Farm

Fishing for Brown Trout

The Island Lake