Angling

angling at the moat and gardens

 

If you are disabled or have, restricted mobility the Albrighton Moat is the ideal place for you to fish safely with full disabled facilities on site.

Fishing the Moat

Angling is a sport and leisure activity that truly is within the capabilities of everyone. Our facilities have been designed and created specifically with this in mind - to enable all people, regardless of disability or ability, to enjoy the sport and leisure pursuit of fishing in a safe and comfortable environment. Our wheelchair accessible fishing platforms make it the ideal place for people to come and fish with a group, with carers or with family. If you are an experienced angler you may want to come and fish independently, this is also possible. The well-stocked waters hold Common, Crucial and Mirror Carp as well as Roach and Rudd, all kept in ideal conditions. We guarantee you will never go home with a blank return when fishing here.

The Benefits of Angling

Angling provides excellent opportunities for therapy, rehabilitation and recreation both in later life and for people with a disability or special need. Angling provides therapeutic benefits to those people who are struggling with long-term illness or attempting to rehabilitate back to normal life following a traumatic incident. It can also be an extremely beneficial and therapeutic activity for people with mental illness or behavioural disorders. It incorporates a range of physical activity levels and so encourages activity amongst the inactive.

Angling incorporates proven therapeutic engagement and contact with 'blue-green space' and consequently helps maintain positive mental health, provides stress relief and can support programmes for people with mental illness. It provides a rich social world that facilitates the relationship building, connection and participation in social life essential to securing health and wellbeing.

The role that environmental conditions and chance can play in catching a fish or not, can effectively 'level the playing field' making angling one of the few sports where individuals with very different characteristics and abilities can compete on similar terms against each other.

How to Access

There are a number of ways in which you can access the Moat:

If you are an experienced angler and would like to fish independently, you can book to fish anytime during the week from 9am to 4.30pm. You are welcome to use your own fishing tackle, but you must use our landing nets.  (If you do not have your own fishing tackle, you can hire one of our whips) In the interests of the welfare of the fish, we do not use keep nets at the moat. We also open some weekends during the summer months.

View our Fishery Rules

If you would like to fish but are a less experienced angler, why not pre-book a session with one of our qualified angling coaches? Angling coaches can work with a maximum of four people per session. Booking your own coach ensures the safety and well-being of the group, adds to the enjoyment and success of the day and maximises learning outcomes. To discuss your requirements and the costs involved please call us on 01902 372441.

Novice anglers wanting to learn to fish with family, friends or carers can access our coached angling sessions, which run regularly throughout the school holidays. We run two-hour sessions with qualified angling coach and provide all equipment on pre-arranged days. Please pre-book your place on these sessions by calling 01902 372441.

For the complete safety and comfort of your group, you may decide you would like to book the whole of the Albrighton Moat and Gardens for your own exclusive use, including your own dedicated fishing coach. For more details and to discuss your requirements please call us on 01902 372441.

All our coaches are registered with the sport NGB (National Governing Body) and along with all our staff are fully DBS checked.

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We welcome visits from individuals, groups, families, day centres, hospices, care homes, schools, clubs and associations. Here are some of our glowing testimonials about the benefits the people have enjoyed because of their time fishing at the Moat and Gardens:

CAST Awards

Level 1,2 and 3 CAST awards are a structured developmental programme in fishing techniques, waterside safety and ecology, the preparation and maintenance of equipment, communication, numeracy, team building and interpersonal skills. The benefits from our structured programmes offer increased self-esteem, team building and access to a socially inclusive competitive sport, which helps individuals to enjoy a healthy lifestyle with confidence. Programme costs are dependent on group size and length of programme. Please call to discuss your requirements.

Want to get involved?

If you have achieved your level 1 or level, 2 fishing coaching qualification you may like to consider getting involved with these programmes as a volunteer fishing coach. See our 'Get Involved' page for more information.