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I'm a member of the Earl Of Harrington Angling Club including lakes and ponds in Derby as well as the River Derwent. Also, the Pride Of Derby Angling Club canal ticket, plus I fish several local commercial fisheries through the season.



The Earl of Harrington's Angling Club was created by the then Earl, at Elvaston Castle near Derby in 1912 and he was Chairman of the Club. Besides the river fishing from Darley Abbey to Borrowash, the club owns Derwent Valley Fishery at Darley Abbey and bailiffs several waters across Derby including Allestree Park Lake, Markeaton Park Lake, Mill Dam, Alvaston Park Lake, and Heatherton Pond. I regularly enjoy fishing the Earl’s waters and there are many accessible pegs, with some pegs specifically for wheelchair users.



The Pride of Derby leases 12 miles of the Trent & Mersey Canal from the River Trent's confluence to  Stretton near Burton-o­n-Trent, excluding a stretch at Weston-upon-Trent. Willington, Stenson Bubble, Findern, and Swarkstone Lock offer good, year-round fishing.

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Birch House Lakes consists of seven lakes providing a mixture of pleasure and match angling on new and established waters. There's plenty of parking, and refreshments are available. The water bailiff is always on hand to offer help and advice and I've fished at Birch House for several years, the fishing is good and there are plenty of pegs to choose from with many accessible pegs.


Not far from Birch House, Longford Fishery consists of six lakes with some parking right next to the pegs, ideal for anglers with disabilities. The waters provide a mixture of pleasure and match angling for Carp, Tench and Silvers. The café is open for most of the year serving hot and cold food and drinks, with toilets next to the café.


Located in Ingbelby, Derbyshire, Robinwood Fishery offers anglers four lakes set in a beautiful valley, surrounded by Robinwood woods. The lakes hold a variety of species,  including carp going to double figures, and good-sized silverfish. The bailiffs go out of their way to make you feel welcome and answer any queries you might have.

With two lakes offering a mixed bag of species, Springwood Fisheries provides relaxing and enjoyable fishing with on-site toilet facilities, a cafe providing hot snacks and hot and cold drinks. I tend to fish the lower lake as it’s nearer the car park and there are plenty of accessible pegs.


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With some interesting industrial heritage in the heart of the National Forest, Moira Furnace is a fascinating place to visit in a peaceful section of the old Ashby Canal. You can fish this beautiful landlocked cut for Bream, Carp, Tench, and Silvers on pegs opposite the furnace, to avoid towpath interruptions.

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