Dartmoor’s many peaceful and secluded fishing spots…

Mill End is the perfect base for the visiting angler. Just a short walk from the rod room and you are on the banks of the River Teign, where the hotel owns a short stretch of the river. Upper Teign Fishing Association has a further six miles of fishing for brown trout, sea trout and salmon, available on a day ticket that can be purchased from the hotel reception.

Dartmoor rivers are varied, sometimes challenging, and always some of the most beautiful spots in the UK to cast a fly. There are many miles to explore, but the most popular rivers are the East and West Dart, along with Cherrybrook. The hotel can prepare a packed lunch for your day along with permits too.

If the rivers are not for you, Fernworthy is a 78-acre lake offering fishing for both wild and brown trout and is just a short drive from the hotel.


The Devon School of Fly Fishing is one of the most established and respected fishing schools in the country. Each day starts over a cup of coffee in the hotel to discuss the angler’s requirements and what they would like from the day, and then it is off to the river! To book lessons you must book directly with the school via this link: The Devon School of Fly Fishing.

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Join well-known Westcountry fishing guide Pete Tyjas for a day’s fishing on the many streams of Dartmoor. Pete will pick you up from Mill End Hotel, where, over coffee, he will discuss the location for the day along with the strategies needed for success. Then, you will jump into his truck for the short drive into Dartmoor in search of trout.

You’ll need lightning reactions for these trout, and you will never encounter such aggressive fish despite their size. There is often a surprise big fish lurking in the deeper pools!

Pete likes to fish a light line on Dartmoor and will carry rods from Sage, Redington and Vision if you would like to try them.

This is a 1-to-1 day, and you will need to have had river fishing experience to get the most from your time, as it is not suited to the novice angler. There is also an element of walking involved over uneven ground.

Price for full-day guiding, overnight B&B as a single occupant and packed lunch included £350 (£370 on a weekend) or £200 per person sharing a twin room (£210 on a weekend).

Fishing Season on Dartmoor

  • Brown/sea trout – 15 March to 30 September
  • Salmon – 1 February to 30 September

Fishing permits can be purchased from Reception. Take a look at our Dartmoor fishing map for more information on fishing the Upper Teign.

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Fishing Locations on Dartmoor

While much of the river fishing areas on Dartmoor are privately owned, there are stretches of the East and West Dart Rivers that can be fished with the purchase of a Duchy of Cornwall permit.

Within the National Park, it is also possible to fish in some of the reservoirs with a permit from the South West Lakes Trust.

Burrator Reservoir

Burrator Reservoir is one of the most beautiful spots for fishing on Dartmoor. You can fish from the bank or by boat. The Burrator Fly Fishing Association has two fishing boats that can be used by club members; membership is £25 per year. Burrator is stocked with rainbow and blue trout, and you can also find wild brown trout too.

River Teign

As a guest of Mill End Hotel in Chagford, you can fish in a stretch of the River Teign, which is owned by the hotel. A further six miles of the river can be accessed with a day ticket from the Upper Teign Fishing Association, which can be purchased at the hotel reception.


Fernworthy is a 78-acre lake a short drive from Mill End Hotel, which offers fishing for both wild and brown trout.

East Dart

The East Dart – a tributary of the River Dart – provides miles of brown trout fishing. In some areas, you can also find salmon and sea trout. The East Dart is set in stunning moorland for a tranquil fishing experience. The area can be fished with a Duchy of Cornwall season permit.

West Dart

The West Dart – one of the two main tributaries of the River Dart – flows through a beautiful Dartmoor valley. Offering fishing pools on Dartmoor, the West Dart provides plenty of opportunity to fish for brown trout, sea trout and salmon. The area can be fished with a Duchy of Cornwall season permit.

Kennick Reservoir

Kennick Reservoir is for angler fishing and is regularly stocked with rainbow trout, as well as being home to wild brown trout (all brown trout must be released if caught). You can hire a boat to fish from, but booking is essential.

Tavistock Trout Fishery

Tavistock Trout Fishery has five lakes in which you can fish. The lakes are typically stocked with Triploid Rainbow Trout, Triploid Brown Trout, Tiger trout, Blue trout and Golden Trout. Tuition is available if you are looking to improve your technique.

Trenchford Reservoir

Trenchford Reservoir is situated amongst woodland and farmland, offering a peaceful spot for you to enjoy angling adventures. Fishing at Trenchford will be for Pike and Perch.

If you’re looking for an exciting fishing getaway, then Mill End Hotel makes the perfect base for relaxing after spending your days on the beautiful river banks of Dartmoor.