The Churnet Valley is an area of outstanding natural beauty, surrounded by wildlife, ancient woodland and industrial heritage. In late spring the valley comes alive with bluebells, wood anemones and wild garlic.
LADFFA has two stretches on the Churnet. The upstream stretch is above Oakamoor, running through National Trust land near Eastwall Farm. Here, in a small feeder stream, the Association operates an egg-box system, nurturing trout eggs into fry, which eventually make their own way into The Churnet.
The downstream stretch is known as Lord’s Bridge. It runs for around a mile, near the beautiful Dimmings Dale. The top section of the Lord’s Bridge beat is double bank fishing, and the bottom section is right bank only.
The Churnet is a rain-fed river and can colour quickly after rainfall. There is a good mix of deep pools and nice gravel riffles and runs, with an abundance of fly life. The trout and grayling are plentiful and, though often smaller than on the nearby limestone rivers, they tend to be beautifully wild trout marked with bright orange spots.