ruffordtopGeneral Information:

The S&DAA has the fishing rights to the branch of the Rufford Canal from the below Diamond Jubilee Road bridge at Rufford (what3words:  pinch.spud.kinks) to the boatyard at Tarleton (what3words:  stack.toned.bluff)  Day tickets are available from any of our regular outlets.

Known Species:

The canal can offer choice fishing for match and pleasure anglers alike with most coarse fish stocked. Bream, roach, perch, rudd, tench, crucians, carp,  pike and eels are all present. 

Special Conditions:

No night fishing

Please be aware that there are places with power lines close to the towpath.

Canal & Rivers Trust Lease Conditions:
1.  Any gates used must be closed when not in use.

2.  Trees, plants, bushes or hedges must not be cut or trimmed nor should anyone remove any turf, sand, soil, clay or materials from the banks or towpaths without the prior permission of the Canal & Rivers Trust through the Secretary of the Southport & District Angling Association.

3.  Fishing is restricted to the towing path side of the waterway.

4.  Anglers must not actively obstruct or impede
     a. navigation on the waterway
     b. the mooring of craft at the designated mooring locations
     c. the passage of other legitimate users along the towpath.

5.   It is forbidden to:
     a. fish in a lock and within 25 meters of a lock wall or moveable bridge used for navigation purposes.
     b.  Fish within prohibited signed zones adjacent to overhead power lines.
     c.Trespass on any property adjoining the waterway or from cause annoyance or inconvenience to the owners or occupiers thereof.

6.  The Canal & Rivers Trust requires members of the Association to produce for inspection their membership cards at the request of any representative of the CRT while fishing on their waters.


The canal essentially runs south to north along the eastern side of the A59, from Rufford to Tarleton.  It's accessible at several points which are:

Diamond Jubilee Road, Rufford: Postcode for SatNav:  L40 1TD (what3words: pinch.spud.kinks)  Please park alongside St. Mary's church on Church Road (what3words: pound.servicing.moth).  Please try not to obstruct the access to the houses - we don't want to cause any unnecessary friction with any residents or the congregation at the church - particularly on Sundays.  Access to the canal is via the slipway down to the towpath from the bridge.

Sparks Bridge, Rufford:  Postcode for SatNav:  L40 1SU.   Please park on Sparks Lane (what3words: tomato.trudges.steers) on the opposite side of the canal.  Cross the road on the bridge, and access to the canal is down the steps (what3words:  baseless.monorail.vampire).

Lock Lane, Sollom:  Postcode for SatNav:  PR4 6FS Turn off the A59 at Sollom, onto Liverpool Old Road (accessible at either end of the hamlet).  Lock Lane is clearly visible and leads you down to the canal at Strand Bridge.  Parking has now been restricted due to development of the former derelict land adjacent to the car park (what3words: player.spice.proclaims).

Bank Bridge, Tarleton:  Postcode for SatNav:  PR4 6HJ (what3words:  perusing.front.valid) There is restricted access to the canal at Bank Bridge, which is the bridge over the Rufford Canal & the River Douglas at Tarleton which carries the A59.  There is a set of double gates which lead to the towpath.  There is space to park no more than 5 cars inside the gates, as long as they are parked in a line, alongside the waters-edge.  In summer, DO NOT park on the field.

Plox Brow Tarleton;  Postcode for SatNav:  PR4 6HB  (what3words:  heartburn.views.irrigate).  Plox Brow is accessed from Church Road/Coe Lane corner in Tarleton.  Once down at the canalside, there are a few places cars can be parked.  There is a car park next to the swing bridge, and there are spaces to park next to the canal next to W H Hull's premises (towards the boatyard).  There are places to park cars to the right of the swingbridge, but only with any safety (and without obstructing access to business premises) at weekends.  Again, as with other locations - please use some common-sense when parking your vehicle.  We want to have good relationships with landowners and residents, so spare a thought for others when you park your vehicle.

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