The warmer weather is encouraging the trout to rise for food, anglers are getting results
The season is well under way.
The site of the fish farm is next to the village of Newbiggin-on-Lune. What was originally a boggy field was excavated and formed by the previous owner Simon Norman-Ballantyne over a period of almost twenty years. The farm is fed by water from the Bessy Beck, a small stream which rises on the nearby Howgills, and is the source of the river Lune.
Bessy Beck was taken over in 2003 by Ian and Shelley Riddell who have developed the site to include a farm shop, tackle shop, tea room and three fishing lakes catering for all abilities.
The hatchery was closed in 2005 due to water shortages in the summer months and now all rainbow trout are bought in as fingerlings.
The quality of the water ensures hard fighting sport fish and what are recognized by a number of leading chefs, as some of the best table fish in the North West.