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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WADAA  offers 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 WADAA 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 and Rydal Water.

Not only this but as a WADAA member you are eligible for discounts from several fishing stores. More information can be found on our Membership Benefits page.

WADAA 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

7 July 2020

Increased trout take-home limit to 4 fish, for a limited period

Attention all anglers, Due to the recent hot weather which is forecast to continue, the board has decided to increase the take-home limit on all of our put and take trout waters (High Newton, Bigland (Otter Tarn), Ghyll Head and Farletonview) to 4 fish per visit, with no weekly limit in place until the end […]

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7 July 2020

Bigland (Otter Tarn) Temporary increase in numbers of fish that can be taken

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7 July 2020

Ratherheath closed for weeding 25/6/20, 26/6/20 & 29/6/20

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7 July 2020

Covid-19 update

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