Parking and fishing Dovedale

As the car parks at Dovedale and Milldale are now open, the additional parking we have on a text booking system, is not under so much pressure. We have general availability for those who prefer a quieter parking space away from the crowds. Please send a text to the Secretary. Number is on your email newsletter – Parking and Fishing Availability at Dovedale

Tight lines and enjoy the mayfly season

Return to fishing

Its been a while but we can now confirm that taking advice from the Angling Trust we are glad to announce the reopening of our waters from Wednesday 13th May!

However, we should all note that we continue to be at risk in the wider community and as such we are therefore asking you to follow the advice as laid out by the Angling Trust and the committee as laid out below.

Guest Tickets

Additional to these guidelines the club will not be permitting Guest Ticket purchase and or use until further notice.

Access to beats

Also, we re-request that members abide by our recommendation to visiting our other waters rather than congregating on the more popular stretches which is copied below, abiding by these regulations will keep us safe! Following these recommendations will negate the need for a booking system to be implemented across all our waters. See parking note further on re Dovedale/Milldale

It is requested that in order to prevent undue fishing pressure on our flagship waters. Members are requested that they voluntarily restrict their fishing, to 2 visits, per Beat in any 7 day period. The hope is that this action will not only protect our fishing it will also encourage members to fish our other waters. The plan is to divide the fishing beats available as follows

Beat 1 River Hamps
Beat 2 Dovedale / Milldale
Beat 3 Bentley Brook
Beat 4 Upper Dove Ludlow Farm – Pilsbury Castle
Beat 5 Upper Dove Pilsbury Castle – Crowdecote
Beat 6 Lower Dove & Churnet at Rocester
Beat 7 River Churnet Lords Bridge

By adopting this approach. You will still be able to fish every day if you wish, and in two weeks you will be able to fish all of our waters twice. Be more socially distant and most likely fall in love with another stretch of water.


No parking at Dovedale and Milldale currently. Lord’s Bridge parking is unkown. We have implemened a text booking system for club members for Dovedale for a limited number of cars. Contact from website page to get info. This is a public page, so phone number will not be posted here.
We will attempt to keep you updated as we gain clarification.

Parking elsewhere we suggest you place a LADFFA badge in your windscreen

Pandemic update

Based on the announcement yesterday, Sunday 10th May by the Prime Minister, we are awaiting further clarification from the Angling Trust and this should be forthcoming in the next 48 hours.
Before fishing await for confirmation from the club as we may need to provide guidance based on recommendations from the Angling Trust.
This information will be emailed to you. If you are not receiving emails from the club, please go to contact page

Stay Safe and watch out for further updates.

New Handbook available shortly

Secretary Irene posting.
The Handbook is fully updated. It is downloadable as a pdf, which you can either print or upload to your mobile phone, for easy riverside reference.
Lets hope we can get some fishing when the Coronavirus is under more control.

Tight lines, stay safe and keep well.

Pandemic Update

Dear Members, We have decided to follow the guidance as published by the Angling Trust and in light that many other clubs are also following the same guidance we have to consider not only the health of our members but potentially the distraction we may cause to emergency services in protecting our communities.
Angling Trust Statement
We must all do what is required of us by the Government and work together to fight this pandemic. Therefore until further notice we should all refrain from fishing. This is about saving lives and supporting the NHS.

In regards to the current restrictions announced by the Government on Monday 23 March 2020 it is clear that the only permitted activities that have been specified are walking, running and cycling for the purpose of local daily exercise. Today we (Angling Trust) have written to the Sports Minister highlighting the benefits to both physical health and mental wellbeing that angling provides and that we are ready and prepared to offer whatever support the government or Sport England require now or in the future to get people back fishing as soon as is safely possible.

Please look after yourselves and look forward to seeing you all back on the river as soon as we are permitted to do so.

We will attempt to update you via email or WhatsApp whenever we receive further clarification.


The Committee

New secretary

The updated 2020 handbook will be available on the site shortly. Any queries or comments please let me know
Hope to see many of you at BFFI Sat 8th and Sun 9th February 2020
Tight lines for the new season

Hon secretary
Irene Osborne 07969682400

Association Hon Secretary

I would like to advise you all that as from this week I have decided to stand down as the Hon Secretary.
The chairman and Treasurer have been advised and have accepted my notice.
I have agreed to honour those commitments already made by myself regarding social and marketing activities, ie Tenkara Evening and the Manifold Valley Show.
Thank you all for your support, encouragement and assistance in my short tenure as secretary. Tightlines, Stephen Clarke.

Maximum of 3 Rods at Rocester.

Hi Folks, a polite reminder that there is still a maximum of 3 rods fishing at any one time on our waters on either the River Churnet or River Dove,Eaton Dovedale, Rocester.
Please see P16 in your members handbook. Tightlines, Stephen Clarke. Hon Secretary.

Rocester Waters.

Gate over the bridge has now been fitted with a dog chain and clip. Will all members please ensure that they secure the gate by this chain when entering and leaving the field.

CAR PARK. I plan to spray (Herbicide) the car park on Saturday morning, 09.00hrs. If members could refrain from coming until after 10.00hrs, it would be appreciated.

Thank you. Steve Clarke. Secretary. 07754 621012.