Dartmoor: West Dart


Dartmoor: West Dart – Cowsic

2km double bank

A small tributary with a number of baffles that have created long stretches of glide, it provides brown trout fishing. There is a steep section at the bottom end which is very tough walking, so anglers may want to start a bit further upstream.

Parking & Access

Park at (Two Bridges) and either walk up the W. Dart or walk up the B3357 towards Princetown and take the second track on your right towards Beardown Farm. After 200m the track crosses the Cowsic and you can fish upstream from here.

N.B. The upper reaches are within the Holming Beam military ranges and live firing occurs during the season (look out for red flags). Please check the MOD website www.dartmoor-ranges.co.uk or call 01837 650010.

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 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?”

Want to fish this beat...?

If you want to fish this beat, all you need to do is buy some tokens through this website and you can start packing your gear..!