Ghyll Head

Windermere, Ambleside and District Angling Association (WADAA Ltd)

Windermere, Ambleside and District Angling Association (WADAA Ltd) is the largest angling club in Cumbria offering a wide variety of waters and facilities to both members and visitors alike.


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Welcome to the
Windermere, Ambleside & District Angling Association

There is superb fishing for the fly angler on our three main rainbow trout fisheries, Ghyll Head, High Newton and Bigland. These waters are well stocked throughout the season and offer consistent year round sport. In addition the Association offers top quality stillwater fishing on a more natural water that will appeal to members looking for a quieter venues.

Coarse anglers too are well catered for with some excellent fishing. The Association stocks and manages three smaller tarns which hold some sizeable carp together with big tench, bream, roach, perch, rudd and eels. Pike fishing is also high on our members’ agenda with pike in excess of twenty pounds regularly taken from Grasmere.

The Association welcomes younger anglers who can join their own junior section; WADAA Kingfishers. Further information on all our fisheries, facilities, day permits and membership can be found on this website but if you need any help at all please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Coarse Fishing


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Game Fishing

High Fairbanks

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Day Ticket

Fancy a one of trip to one off our waters? We offer day tickets on the following waters:

Game waters:

  • Bigland (Otter Tarn) – £24
  • Ghyll Head – £24
  • Farletonview – £24

Coarse water:

  • Rydal – £10
  • Grasmere – £10
  • Ratherheath – £15
  • Castlehead – £8




Club Rules


The Company’s aims and objectives are:-

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Fishery Rules

All persons fishing WADAA controlled fisheries must have in their possession a current membership card, guest permit or day permit. These must be produced on request to any member or authorised person. Any person unable to show proof of membership or entitlement to fish may be requested to leave the fishery and may be subject to further disciplinary or legal action. Membership permits and day permits are not transferable. 


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Buy or Renew your annual Windermere, Ambleside
& District Angling Association Membership

Want to be a member? Membership is open to anybody if you would like to apply to join WADAA then please refer to the membership page.

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If you are already a member of WADAA Ltd we would be delighted to receive your membership renewal. Please follow the link to do this.

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Our Latest
News & Events

1 April 2020

Some light reading while in isolation

One of our members Barry McLeod has compiled a great summary of Ratherheath Tarn and its development over the years. There are pictures and detailed reports of the stocks and competition results; a great read for anyone interested in the fishery. Please follow this link to the article: Ratherheath reflection Barry Mcload

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1 April 2020

Some good news!

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1 April 2020

WADAA fisheries closed!

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1 April 2020

Night fishing at Ratherheath

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