Angling can be exciting and competition at the highest levels is fierce. It can also be very relaxing - often fishing sites are in tranquil settings, so its ideal if you're looking to unwind and lower your blood pressure. It's a perfect sport for people of all ages.
Cumbria has a wealth of lakes, rivers and streams - and a varied coastline. There are endless opportunities to participate in this accessible and inexpensive activity.
You can choose whether to go coarse fishing, fly fishing or sea fishing. Each type of fishing requires different rods, tackle and techniques - most people start with one then try others later. Coarse fishing is quite relaxed while fly fishing on rivers can be very active.
The best way to get started is to join your local club, many of these run coaching sessions for beginners. Or there are plenty of fisheries where you can either fish for free or buy a day permit.
There are 12 opportunities listed on the Physical Activity Directory. To view local opportunities please select your local area.
Chris Tarrant has an angling obsession that started when his granddad took him fishing on the Thames for perch when he was aged about four.
Chris confessed: "I can't imagine my life without fishing. I have met lots of people who have become really good, close friends over the last 30 or 40 years.
Regional Implementation Officer, Angling Development Board
T: 07791 164921
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