River Wharfe at
Ben Rhydding

Brief description of fishery:

A scenic and interesting double bank stretch running upstream from the Ben Rhydding stepping stones for about half a mile.

Large stocks of wild brown trout and grayling.  Very good for fly fishing – wide enough for fly casting and lots of mostly easy wading, with a mixture of pools, glides and rapids.  Bait fishing allowed – worm and maggots.

Very low cost to fish for brown trout and grayling – via season membership and day permits (due to no re-stocking costs).

Easy access to fish from nearby riverside car parking spots.  A number of nearby facilities including pubs, restaurants, shops and accommodation.

An Ilkley AA owned water.


Leeds Road, Ben Rhydding, West Yorkshire LS29 8NF

Access & Parking

On the south side of the river free parking is available on the main A65 Leeds Road, just to the east of the Texaco petrol station and shop (LS29 8NF).

On the north side of the river free parking is available next to the Ben Rhydding stepping stones and there is a further bankside pull-in just 200m further west.



  • Brown Trout
  • Chub
  • Eel
  • Grayling