Allen Valley Angling & Conservation is based in Allendale, Northumberland

We promote the sport of fishing and conservation of the River East Allen for anglers and the local community.

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Allen Valley Angling & Conservation

Join today, catch tomorrow

Welcome to

Allen Valley Angling & Conservation

Allen Valley Angling & Conservation (AVAC) was established in July, 2011 by local environmentalist and fishing enthusiast Paul Frear. Allen Valley Angling & Conservation is based in Allendale, Northumberland in North East England. Discovering that his local river - the River East Allen - was a considerable undeveloped fishing resource, Paul set up Allen Valley Angling & Conservation to facilitate the sustainable development of this resource. The organisation has a growing membership of people who share Paul's passion for conserving and improving the river habitat - as well as for fly fishing!

The organisation is not-for-profit and this means the money anglers pay to go fishing goes straight back to the fishery - with revenues contributing towards conservation efforts to improve fish stock and riverside access. In effect, simply by going fishing on the AVAC waters, anglers are in fact helping to protect and improve the Allen Valley's fisheries.

Great fishing

in beautiful, unrivalled countryside

The River East Allen, situated in the beautiful North Pennines - a designated area of outstanding natural beauty - is home to wild brown trout and provides a spawning ground for sea trout and salmon, which swim up the River Tyne on the North East Coast, to where it joins the River East Allen, near Allendale.


These wild native fish provide great sport for anglers and Allen Valley Angling & Conservation welcomes anglers of all levels of experience.


Please do take some time to find out about becoming a member of Allen Valley Angling & Conservation, or if you are visiting the area for a short time, where you can get your day or weekly fishing permit.

Conservation Efforts


to improve river habitat


Pictured: Paul with Graeme and Mark taking a break from balsam removal work.

As an organisation, we're committed to improving and managing the natural environment of the River East Allen.

We undertake all kinds of projects - from path creation & bank management to tree canopy management and removal of harmful debris from the river itself.


The work that we do would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors, with whom we are proud to be associated.

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Have you remebered to renew your rod licences for the upcoming season? Remember you need A rod licence to fish all AVAC waters. Do so online by following this link!

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Seen anything suspisious while out and about on the river? if so take a look at thie PDf below with information on how to speak up on rural crime with crimestoppers.

ruralcrime crimestoppers.pdf

Allen Valleys,

If the river is too high or you fancy a change of scenery here is a link to some other interesting things you could get up too in the Allen Valley!


Fishing Info,

A handy litte link to a fantastic website check it out!

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Welcome Back!

2022 season will be here sooner than you think! Renew your membership now to access some of the most stunning waters of the North Pennines; we are also accepting new members to apply follow this link. Membership page

Lead Trout Trophy

Save the date! The annual Lead Trout Trophy has provisionally been set for Saturday 11th June 2022. Details in due course on the Upcoming Events Page

Catch Returns

Catch returns are required by the end of January so, please, if you have not already done so, submit your 2021 return asap!

Catch Returns Page


2022 Fees

2022 fees have been frozen at the same great value as the 2021 season Membership page


Branch Out

Fantastic bit of support we have been awarded by the Northumbrian water INNS Branch out fund for our Himalayan Balsam removal project on the East Allen a WHOPPING £4,000 has been awarded to the club to help us continue with the great work we are doing on the river... Amazing!

Red Skin Disease

A little info below to have a glance at regarding Red Skin Disease and what you should do if you are to encounter a Salmon showing symptoms

Red Skin Disease.pdf

COVID-19 update

Following the Government's relaxation of lockdown rules the AVAC Committee agreed the following changes to our earlier restrictions.

  • The fishing lodge at Coatenhill will re-open, but please continue to make Coatenhill catch returns via Email or Phone ( or 07932745474)
  • A maximum of four cars will again be allowed in the car park at Coatenhill 
  • Hand sanitiser has been provided at the gate and in the lodge at Coatenhill
  • Members are urged to use gloves/sanitiser when opening gates or using stiles
  • All members to adhere to social distancing, this means fishing alone or with members of the same household
  • Stay safe and enjoy the fishing!

The AVAC Committee

Co-Op Pioneer Award

Some fantastic News for everyone in some rather troubling times!

Allendale Co-Op once again providing excellent support to our local organisations and groups, this time it was us here at AVAC who benefited!

Fantastic, thank you once again Allendale Co-Op  keep safe, keep up the good work and we wish you all well!

check it out:

COVID-19 Guidence

Thank you all for your continued support when it comes to this ongoing situation, please if you would like some further information and to see where we are taking our advice please follow this link to the Angling Trust Support Hub.

Price Reduction!

In a bid to try and get more youngsters into fishing we have decided to slash the price of junior membership down to £10…!

Hot Weather guidance

Please follow this link to some advice on correct fish handling during hot/dry Weather.

Privacy Notice

We have updated our privacy notice, a downloadable version can be found on our Membership Page

Dates for your diary

Check out the upcoming events page for all the events happening in the club including some tree work and the Lead Trout..  Upcoming Events

Fancy joining the Committee?

Please come and join the Committee
Help promote the club and bring in fresh ideas !

Please follow the link to the Contact Us Page

New Rule!

Childer under 16 are now permitted to fish with worm on Coatenhill as long as they fish with barbless hooks and under a float.


Allen Valley Angling & Conservation is looking for sponsors to help us achieve our conservation goals. Find out about how becoming a sponsor can help your business.

More details about sponsorship packages