Dartmoor: West Dart

Main River

Dartmoor: West Dart – Main River

10km mixed single and double bank

The West Dart flows through one of the most beautiful valleys on Dartmoor and, although slightly shorter than the East Dart, it is a bigger river due to the influence of several major tributaries. It contains some of the largest pools and glides on Dartmoor, providing excellent brown trout fishing throughout, along with some opportunities for salmon and sea trout fishing. There is so much water to explore – boulder strewn sections, long glides and runs, deep pools and lots of pocket water – we suggest you take your time and fish the river by sections, using the access points to fish up or downstream.

Parking & Access

To fish the upper river, go to (Two Bridges), for the middle river go to (off the B3357) and follow the footpath (east of Dunnabridge Fm.) or the small quarry close to Prince Hall Hotel and Dartmoor Training Centre (please note this space is currently limited to one car). For the lower river go to (Hexworthy Br.), or (Dartmeet). If you park at Dartmeet, you have to walk across the road bridge and take the public footpath between the houses before fishing up the West Dart.

N.B. There is no fishing on the right hand bank (looking downstream) from Hexworthy Br. to below Dartmeet or in the last 50 metres left hand bank before the confluence with the E. Dart.

How to buy your Permit

To buy a Dartmoor permit please go to one of the agents shown on the map (below). You will be handed your fishing permit and blank catch return. Fill in your details on the permit and then get fishing…tight lines..! After fishing – complete a catch return (you could win a new fly rod!) – and drop it into one of the agents or post it to: Westcountry Rivers Trust, Rain-Charm House, Kyl Cober Park, Stoke Climsland, Callington PL17 8PH.

Beat Details

Trout: 15 Mar to 30 Sep

Sea Trout: 15 Mar to 30 Sep

Salmon: 1 Feb to 30 Sept

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Fishability: * * *

Dartmoor fishing prices

(season, week & day permits)

Salmon/sea trout (season): £150

Salmon/sea trout (week): £85

Salmon/sea trout (day): £30

Brown trout season: £70.

Brown trout week: £30

Brown trout day: £10

Please note: Westcountry Angling Passport tokens can be used to pay for Dartmoor fishing permits. Anglers must keep their fishing permit with them at all times when fishing. Please observe the conservation measures and regulations detailed overleaf. Anglers must complete a catch return – it is a requirement of your Dartmoor permit and can now be done online.

Fishing Guide Videos

There are a large number of video guides to fishing on Dartmoor streams. In this video an angler explores one of the more wild reaches of the Upper Dart.

“The East and West Dart rivers and their tributaries provide some of the best wild brown trout, sea trout and salmon fishing in the UK…..”

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