One of the most important Lanca-shire fisheries, the Ribble finds its source high on the Yorkshire moors at Cam Fell not far from the eastward flowing River Wharfe. From here the river flows south to enter famous Ribblesdale. Just below Hellifield, it swings south west to flow via Clitheroe to Preston where it enters the Irish Sea through a long estuary flanked at its mouth by Lytham St. Anne’s to the north and Southport to the south. The Ribble offers mixed sport with coarse fish, mostly in the lower reaches, and game fish. Salmon and sea trout run up the river and are best sought in the middle reaches. It is here at Mitton that the North West Water Authority administer one of the best known fisheries on the river. Above Settle, it is mostly trout. Coarse fish – especially roach, chub and dace – predominate below the Ribble’s junction with the Calder, a river which sometimes brings unwelcome pollution to the main stream. Ticket fishing is next to non-existent in the upper reaches though the situation improves the further the angler moves down river, Rod Licence: NWWA Alston, LancsC4 miles from Stubbins Wood to Red Scar WoodRB

DT: B or AAA (Ribble and Wyre Fisheries Association) Clitheroe, LancsTSTS600 yards inareaBB DT: AH (Roefield Hotel, Edisford) Clitheroe, LancsTS 600 yards atEdisfordBB DT: AH (Roefield Hotel, Edisford) Clitheroe, LancsCTSTS- (in certain parts)Fishing in area (including section on Calder)LB DT: (L 14 for game fish, 4 fly only; 12 for coarse fish in Calder) A F (Mitton Hall Farm, Mitton)e Cuerdale, LancsC 13 miles from

Samlesbury School to Ribbleside


DT: B or AAA (Ribble and Wyre

Fisheries Association)

Great Mitton, W YorksCTSTS 1 milefrom Mitton Bridge to Calder

Foot (known as The Mitton Fishery)

DT: (L 10from Mitton Bridge to

Calder Foot; 10 more from Mitton

Wood to Calder Foot) AF (Mrs. M.

M. Haynes, Mitton Hall Farm, Great


Long Preston, N YorksM3 mile from Low Bridge to the wood


Preston, LancsC2} miles from junction with Darwen (including part of Darwen) down to Liverpool


Free fishing

Ribchester, LancsC1 mile extending upstream from

Ribchester BridgeRB

DT: AF (from farm signposted at bridge)

Ribchester, LancsC300yards extending downstream from

Ribchester BridgeLB

Free fishing

Samlesbury, LancsC500 yards from Samlesbury Church to Bezza


DT: B or AAA (Ribble & Wyre

Fisheries Association)

Samlesbury, LancsC 13 miles from

Daisy Hill Farm down to Lower

House Farm

DT: B or AAA (Northern AA)

Settle, N YorksTS4J miles at


DT: (issued day of fishing only) or

AH (Royal Oak, Settle) =Apr 1-Oct 31 (T)

Ribble Records

Chub: 8-0-0 S Tyrer (bread) Jan 1

Pike: 20-0-0 B Boardman (luncheon meat) Nov 1

Roach: 2-9-OanglerunknownOct 1

Trout: 13-7-2 A Sutcliffe Aug 1

Ribble Tributaries


Rising near Burnley, the Calder flows through an industrial part of Lancashire to join the Ribble near Billington. Pollution issometimesa problem – though the river does contain coarse fish and some trout. Great Harwood, LancsC900yards upstream from Cock Bridge on Martholme EstateLB DT:BorAAA(NorthernAA)


This is the main tributary of the Ribble and it is some of Lancashire’s most prized game fishing. The Hodder in its upper reaches flows through one of the county’s best known beauty spots, the Forest of Bowland, to join the left bank of the Ribble just a short distance above the junction with the Calder. Salmon, sea trout, and brown trout are the most sought species though there are some coarse fish present. Facilities for the visitor are extremely limited and the best opportunities are through hotels.

Bashall Eaves, LancsTS600 yards frombridgeLB —Hodder Bridge Hotel +

Whitewell, LancsTS -15 miles at

WhitewellBB —Whitewell Hotele

Riccal. See R. Ouse (Yorks) Rivelin. See R. Ouse (Yorks) Roden. See R. Severn Roding. See R. Thames Rothay. See Lake District Rother. See R. Ouse (Yorks) Rother, Western. See R. Arun