Errwood Reservoir /

Errwood Reservoir Information

Errwood Reservoir is a drinking-water reservoir in the Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, close to the counties of Cheshire and Staffordshire. The reservoir was the second of two reservoirs built by flooding the Goyt Valley, the other one being Fernilee Reservoir, to which EFFC also has fishing access. It was constructed by the Stockport Water Corporation at a cost of £1.5 million, with work being completed in 1967.

Errwood is currently owned and operated by United Utilities. The reservoir provides drinking water for the town of Stockport and its surrounding areas, and when full holds 4,215 million litres of water.

Anglers fishing Duffers Bank

View from Shooter's Clough

Errwood Valley

Errwood Reservoir Growler's Choice.

Fishery Officer David Fowler, can be seen daily prowling the banks of Errwood Reservoir and is a useful man to know if you want up to date information on how the reservoir is fishing. Click here for his 12 flies you should never be without!

Errwood Reservoir Fishing Map and Information.

Below is a map of the reservoir and some information regarding various areas of the scenic water.


Errwood Map

1. Tower Bank

As the predominant wind blows towards Tower Bank and water is run off via the valve tower, there is usually a good bet that there will be the odd fish hanging around this area.
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Fishing here is not for the faint hearted. If there is any wind at all it will seem to be intensified on Tower Bank and blowing straight at you, while other areas, such as at Duffers Bank there will be barely a ripple! Expect some tackle losses flies as the shallow water close in is littered with huge boulders, ready to snag any fly fished too deep, however these boulders provide safety for large shoals of minnows and ambush points for hungry trout.

Tower Bank

2. Sailing Club

The Sailing Club area offers accessible fishing with easy back casting.
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Please note there should be no fishing directly in front of the Sailing Club and members of the Sailing Club have the right of way at all times in this area. Please be considerate of anyone we share the water with.

The Sailing Club area offers accessible fishing with easy back casting. The shallow bay in the picture has a gravel bed which is where the majority of the resident minnows come to spawn. This bay will disappear completely when the water level lowers.

Although the area is quite shallow when the water levels are very low you will be casing into very deep water, as can be seen in the drought picture below. This is one of the reasons why there is a no wading rule at Errwood.

Fishing here is quite consistent and there are a lot less under water obstacles than the Tower Bank.

2. Sailing Club

2. Sailing Club

3. The Quarry

The Quarry, also known as the Sailing Hut featues deep water within feet of the bank.
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Stone from the area directly in front of the sailing hut was quarried to build the dam wall. Because of this there is an underwater cliff face that plummets to depths in excess of 100 foot. Fishing here can be hit or miss but fish are known to shoal here and in the bay to the south when they disappear from other parts of the lake. This area can prove fruitfull when there are a lot of terrestrials on the water.

The shallower bay can also be a good spot for the resident brown trout but tackle usually has to be down sized to catch these fish. It is one of the less fished parts of Errwood with most anglers only giving it the occasional cast as they make their way down to the fallen tree, however there have been quite a few large fish taken from this area.

The Quarry / Sailing Club

4. Keyhole Bank

Keyhole Bank runs from the bay south of the Sailing Hut until the Fallen Tree. The bank was named by Grace Fowler, when viewed from the West Bank the trees appear to be in the shape of a traditional keyhole.
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This is a long stretch of water and suits those anglers who prefer to work the bank. Fish, especially resident brownies, can be taken close to the bank with features such as submerged dry stone walls often holding numbers of predatory rainbows. Drifting small flies on the wind is often a successful technique.

Keyhole Bank

5. Fallen Tree

The Fallen Tree is one of the favourite areas of anglers prepared to walk down the East Bank
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Due to its distance from a parking space the Tree gets less attention than other more accessible areas however it can be one of the most productive areas on Errwood. This area covers the Tree itself and a small cutting created by the old road that ran through the valley. The road can hold numbers of fish and if the water level is high enough there is usually a fish or two around the tree.

This area also holds a large number of the natural brown trout. There are plenty of trees surrounding this area and in summer large ferns grow on the banks providing food for the trout on windy days. Early season can often see the fish feeding on frogspawn and tadpoles.

Fallen Tree

Fallen Tree

6. The Larder

The location of one of Errwood's three feeder streams, the Larder is named because it’s one of the few places where there is an abundance of natural food.
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Fish often congregate around the submerged dry stone walls and natural features of this area. Care must be taken as deep water can be found within inches of the bank.

Natural patterns will bring the best results here, keeping things small will also attract the resident brownies. .

The Larder

7. The Island

The most inaccessible and possibly one of the best, if not the best, fishing spots on Errwood.
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Due to its location the Island is probably the most under fished areas of the reservoir and will always have a few resident fish. The island gets its name from appearing to be cut off from all land by the Larder feeder stream and the River Goyt.

Gently sloping banks into shallow then deeper water with submerged features and protection from the wind, which is mainly from behind (blowing food onto the water), makes this an ideal place to fish. The 30+ minute walk over uneven ground through waist high ferns is not for the faint hearted and certainly not for the Club Members with just an hour or so to spare.

It’s not uncommon for anglers to be struggling on Duffers Bank while just a few hundred yards away (by boat!) the solitary angler on the Island is having an easier time.

The Island

8. The Goyt Inlet

The main water source for Errwood Reservoir is the River Goyt. The river begins on the bleak moors of Axe Edge, over looking Buxton, near the Cat and Fiddle Inn.
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The river fed by springs and streams makes its way down the Upper Goyt Valley, past Derbyshire Bridge and into the reservoir. A section of the river a few hundred yards long is fishable to the south of Errwood Reservoir, the water is deep and slow moving. In the summer fish can often be found here due to the cooler water entering the reservoir.

Please note anyone taking their car up the Goyt River will have entered the Upper Goyt one way system and should not turn around and drive back towards the reservoir.

The Goyt Inlet

9. Duffer's Bank

One of the most popular areas on Errwood is Duffers Bank.
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Easy back casting, parking within 30 yards, protection from the wind and always fish in front of the angler make this a popular spot.

The water here is shallower than most parts of the reservoir but there are many holes, drop offs and underwater features, caused by the River Goyt and tracks made by/for the machinery used to create the reservoir.

Duffer's Bank

10. Shooter's Bridge

A small feeder stream emerges from the moorlands above Errwood Reservoir and winds its way down the valley until it enters Errwood at Shooters Clough Bridge.
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One of the most visited areas of the Upper Goyt Valley is Shooters Clough, popular walks include the ruins of Errwood Hall and the Spanish Shrine. A small feeder stream emerges from the moorlands above Errwood Reservoir and winds its way down the valley until it enters Errwood at Shooters Clough Bridge. The area in front of the bridge can be fished from either Duffers Bank or the West Bank. The water here is very deep close in with depths in excess of 50 feet.

During summer months especially in holiday periods this area can become popular with tourists who seem intent on trespassing onto United Utilities land; however our bailiffs, the police, landowners and park rangers our doing their best to prevent public access to the banks.

When water levels are very low machinery left in the reservoir is visible from the bridge.

Shooters Bridge

11. West Bank

The West Bank is the longest stretch of fishing on Errwood Reservoir. Easily accessible with plenty of roadside parking makes this a favourite with many anglers.
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Casting here is easy with plenty of open space behind. The water appears shallow close in but there are many holes, drop offs and fish holding features. In the early parts of the season shoaled fish will move up and down the banks.

As with most parts of Errwood changing your location here by just a few yards can have instant success, fishing light and working the bank can give you an enjoyable and rewarding days fishing.

Warning on hot, still summer nights insect repellent or a good midge net is recommended, the fish might feed on the midges but the midges will feed on you!

West Bank

12. Gilman's Point

On its day possibly one of the best fishing spots on the reservoir.
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A unique feature of the reservoir is a sand bar that runs from the point north to the dam wall trapping food and creating a deep still pool when the waters low, this in turn attracts the trout.

Gilmans Point

13. The Memorial

The Memorial is probably the worst named bank on Errwood as there isn’t any memorial however there is a commemorative plaque celebrating the opening of the reservoir in 1968 by the Duchess of Kent.
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This area can probably only accommodate two anglers but on its day can be one of the most productive areas on the water. This small corner of the reservoir catches terrestrials from the surrounding trees and, at the right time of year, large swarms of flying ants!

The Memorial

14. Dam Wall (no fishing)

The Dam Wall is off limits for fly fisherman, casting here would not only be difficult because of the steep wall it would also be a danger to members of the public.
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Anyone found fishing off the Dam Wall on a day ticket could face expulsion from the water. Wherever you are fishing on Errwood Banks please fish safely. Please respect the Clubs Rules, general public and other water users.

Dam Wall