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Water Sports

This page lists some of the water sports you can enjoy when visiting Teesdale. Choose from;



  • Hury Reservoir - roach & perch
  • Grassholme Reservoir - brown & rainbow trout
  • Blackton Reservoir - rainbow & blue trout
  • Cow Green, Selset & Balderhead Reservoirs - brown trout
For seasons & permits contact Northumbrian Water Leisure Team via TIC

River Tees at Barnard Castle

Brown & migratory trout. Free fishing (no permit required) for 500yds along both banks between Barnard Castle Bridge (the County Bridge) & Thorngate Footbridge.

Day tickets/further information for Barnard Castle Angling Club contact via TIC

Raby Estate to Middleton-in-Teesdale

Brown & Rainbow trout. Approx. 8 miles north (left) bank from Cauldron Snout downstream to Middelton-in-Teesdale.

Contact via TIC

Rivers Wear & Tees

Salmon & sea trout fishing

Contact Auckland & District Angling Club via TIC

Witton Castle Lakes

3 lakes providing approx. 17 acres of bank fishing. Rainbow trout. Barbless fly fishing only. Ample car parking & toilet facilities. permits/day tickets required.

Contact Witton Castle Lakes via TIC


Teesdale Canoe Club

Teesdale Canoe Club,
Kingsway Adventure Centre,
Middleton in Teesdale.

Further information:  Contact TIC
River Tees

Canoeing downstream from High Force. Permits required.

Further information:  Contact TIC


Teesdale Sailing Club

Sailing on Grassholme Reservoir. All day Sunday, some Saturdays, each Bank Holiday. All classes of dinghy. Visitors welcome.

Further information:  Contact TIC

Water Skiing

Balderhead Water Ski Club

Water skiing at Balderhead Reservoir Saturdays & Sundays, April to end of October.

Visitors welcome.

Further information:  Contact TIC