The Wreigh Burn and Netherton Burn that give Burnfoot its name are both tributaries of The River Coquet (pronounced Coe-cut) - one of England's finest salmon and sea trout rivers. Spring and Autumn runs see these incredible fish fighting their way past Burnfoot to their spawning grounds further upriver. These are great times to see them leaping out of the water - especially at the fish pass between Burnfoot and the village.
Both burns are protected sites of special scientific interest so those keen to pursue the king of fish with a rod must do so further downstream on the Coquet itself. The river also boasts impressive native brown trout stocks, with some of the best stretches near Rothbury - a short drive away. Tim learned to fly fish on the Coquet at Pauperhaugh and still maintains there isn't a prettier spot for a day out. Season and Day tickets are available from the Rothbury-based Northumbrian Anglers Federation. Click on www.northumbriananglersfed.co.uk for more information (to see where Pauperhaugh is, click on 'Maps' and then view Coquet Maps 3 and 3A).
Permits can be obtained from the Head Bailiff, 15 Woodlands, Rothbury, NE65 7XZ. Telephone 01669 620 984.
Those guests who may like to try fly fishing for the first time, or would benefit from some tuition to hone their skills, would greatly benefit from a fishing trip with Bob Smith. Bob and his team can take you to some of the best spots in the area and teach you how to make the perfect cast - an unforgettable Northumbrian holiday experience. Click on www.bobsmithflyfishing.co.uk for more information.
For the stillwater fisherman there are many fantastic stretches of water to challenge and excite. The nearest is the Caistron Trout Fishery, beautifully located at the foot of the Simonside Hills - jam packed with rainbow and brown trout and just a 5 minute drive away. Click on www.caistrontroutfisheryandriver.com for more information.
Slightly further afield, although still only 20 minutes' drive, is the big fish water of Fontburn Reservoir, stocked with trout. Click on www.nwl.co.uk for more information.
There is good shore sea fishing near Dunstanburgh Castle, a short walk from Craster village. The best idea is to call at Seahouses Tourist Information Office (adjacent to the main car park) and arrange a day out on one of the many fishing boats in the harbour.
Our nearest tackle shop is Game Fishing Supplies, 3-4 Fawcetts Yard, Morpeth, NE61 1BG, Telephone; 01670 510 996.
For real fly fishing die hards, a visit to Northumberland would not be complete without a visit to the Hardy Compleat Angler Museum in Alnwick - the original fly rod manufacturers - they even have a casting pool and often have free lessons for beginners. Click on www.hardyfishing.com for more information.
Burnfoot Holiday Cottages
Burnfoot, Netherton, Northumberland National Park, NE65 7EY