Blelham Tarn

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Blelham Tarn

Exclusively for the use of WADAA members, with no day tickets available, Blelham Tarn is an attractive, reed fringed fishery holding mainly pike, perch and roach.

We have introduced Electronic Catch returns on all our waters, for further information please use the following link: Catch Return Instruction

The perch and roach can run to a good size but most anglers visit the tarn in search of pike. While these are not numerous, specimens in excess of twenty pounds are present and caught during most years. Because of the surrounding reeds and bog, access is very limited with only two swims available – one on the southern shore adjacent to the boathouse and one on a rocky outcrop on the eastern shore.  The ground around the tarn is by the nature of the site, very wet and the pegs not easily accessible. It is a fairly long walk to the pegs, particularly the one on the rocky outcrop. You may need chest waders if the water level is high, which can occur at any time of the year. However, for a number of our members, it is well worth the walk.

Vehicles can be parked just south of the driveway to Wray Castle from where a public footpath on the right leads down to the tarn. To access the outcrop swim requires a longer walk from the public footpath past the entrance to Low Wray campsite.

Overnight fishing is not permitted.

Fishery Rules

Permit holders agree to read and comply with the fishery rules as printed below and/or displayed on the fishery notice boards and to comply with the Environment Agency Fishery Bylaws. Failure to do so renders the permit invalid. You must carry this permit with you while fishing.

For full rules please follow this link:  Blelham Tarn Fishery Rules Updated March 24

Please see the depth chart for Blelham:



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From Ambleside take the A593 Coniston road turning left at Clappersgate on to the B5286 Hawkshead road. After approximately two miles turn left, signed High Wray, and follow this lane to the entrance to Wray Castle. Park on the right a little further down the road.

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