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.

Image description

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.

Image description
Image description
Image description
Image description
Image description
Image description
Image description


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!

Image description
Image description


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!

Bookmark and Share


Coatenhill update

A stocking of 200 Browns have just been put into Coatenhill to add a little boost to the venue!


A Statement from the Committee

I know a lot of you will have been awaiting news on where AVAC stands following the announcement that was made yesterday evening regarding the easing of the restrictions surrounding Angling in England. The AVAC committee have been in discussion all day ironing out a plan that will allow us to return to the fabulous River East Allen and Coatenhill, we are pleased to announce come Tomorrow, Wednesday the 13th of May we will be opening All our waters to you the Members. Of course some precautions have to be put in place to make this successful..Please take some time to read the following and we hope you understand why these requests have been made.

  • The fishing Lodge at Coatenhill will remain closed 
  • Coatenhill catch returns are to be logged via Email or Phone ( or 07932745474)
  • A maximum of two cars allowed in the car park at Coatenhill this ensures social distancing can be met
  • Members are urged to use Gloves/sanitiser when opening gates or using stiles
  • There will be no access to the Studdon Bridge Beat through Peckriding Farm, please use the alternative entry points via Studdondene or following the public right of way from Bridge End
  • All members to adhere to social distancing, this means fishing alone or with members of the same household
  • Ensure your EA Rod license is up to date
  • Stay Safe and Enjoy the fishing!
If you have any reservations or query's please do not hesitate to contact us.
Best wishes

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 advise please follow this link to the Angling Trust Support Hub.

Barry Resigns

Barry Wilson has taken the decision to step down as our Membership Secretary, we would like to thank Barry for all the hard work he has put in over the years and we wish him all the best for the future.


It comes with a heavy heart that due to the ongoing Corvid-19 situation fishing on ALL AVAC waters is suspended, this is to not only protect our members but the wider community too, I am sure we can all agree our health and the health of our loved ones comes before fishing, I would personally like to thank you all for your understanding and cooperation in this testing time… I hope to see you all very soon on the bank.

Mark Charlton

AVAC chairman


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…!

2020 AGM

Another fantastic AGM covering the 2019 season and outlining the plans for 2020, if you could not make it then not to worry the minuets and presentation can be found on the Past Events Page.

Catch Returns 2019 Season


Thank you to all who took the time to send in your returns, it is greatly appreciated, 168 Brown Trout where recorded,24 salmon Par and 1 Sea Trout.

A full breakdown including Coatenhill can be found on the Catch Returns Page

Catch Returns

Please could all members send in there catch returns... Guidance can be found on our Catch Returns Page

End of Season!

Another season come and gone! A massive thank you to all our members for another fantastic year!

Hot Weather guidance

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

New Champion!

Find out what happened at this years Lead Trout Trophy on the Past Events Page!

Privacy Notice

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

Season is off to a good start!

Lots of fish being landed at Coatenhill so far this season and a few starting to show in the river! Catch Reports

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

Election of Officers: 2019 to 2020

•Chairman – Mark Charlton
•Secretary & Treasurer – Paul Frear
•Membership Secretary – Barry Wilson
•Bailiff(s) – Vacant
•Clifford Jackson, Nick Kozlowski, Clive Bishop, John Day


Thank you to all that came to yet another fantastic AGM, if you couldent make it the minuets and the presentation are available on the Past Events Page

Prize Draw

David Banks wins the prize draw for providing his catch return to us!

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