The River Derwent runs from the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, through Derwent reservoir, and down through the Derwent Valley before joining the Tyne at Gateshead. This stretch picks up some of the most beautiful unspoilt fishing available in a fairly developed area of the catchment. This beat runs from Derwent Park right down to Nine Arches bridge at Thornley Woods; gaze upon the majestic Gibside Folly whilst chasing those elusive trout and grayling.
Length of Fishing – 2 km
Species present – Brown Trout, Grayling
Dates available – Brown Trout: 22nd March—30th September Grayling: 16th June—14th March
Rules – Fly only. Grayling—Catch and release. Trout—Keep 2 trout over 11in only
Banks included – Both except for conservation area at Lockhaugh Bank (west bank)
Maximum no. of anglers – 2
Upstream limit – Rowlands Gill bridge
Downstream limit – Nine Arches Viaduct
Where to Park – Derwent Park, Rowlands Gill
Other information – Wading difficulty – Moderate. Refreshments available in Rowlands Gill.
Directions – Take the Burnopfield turning off the A694 in Rowlands Gill. Turn immediately left into Derwent Park. Continue to car park at bottom of hill.