Dartmoor: West Dart

Swincombe

Dartmoor: West Dart – Swincombe

1km double bank

A small tributary, it starts life just to south east of Princetown and there is a dam in the middle to upper reaches. Fishing for brown trout through boulder strewn sections and pocket water.

Parking & Access

Park at (off the B3357) and follow the footpath (east of Dunnabridge Fm.) down the W. Dart, and then continue up the Swincombe. Alternatively park near Hexworthy and walk along the Dartmoor Way footpath until you reach the river, but note you are at the top of the fishing here. N.B. There is no fishing from upstream of the dam to the ‘Dartmoor Way’ footbridge.

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

Access: * *

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 the Field Sports Channel try for a fish on the River Dart in Devon.

“It’s some of the best-value trout fishing in England and it is available thanks to the Duchy of Cornwall Estate, owned by HRH the Prince of Wales. But do we get one – or has His Royal Highness had the lot?”

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