Fishing in the UK

It may be hard to explain the appeal of fishing to anyone who has never stood patiently with a rod by the side of a river, although the 6 million people in the UK who fish will tell you it's one of the most rewarding of hobbies.

The Appeal of Fishing

Perhaps the biggest appeal of fishing is that it is relaxing; many anglers will tell you it doesn't matter that much if you catch anything. It's a chance to escape from your work or home routine, and enjoy some time spent outdoors, often in beautiful or spectacular surroundings. Fishing can be enjoyed just about anywhere in the UK, whether you live in a big city or the middle of the country. It can be enjoyed in all weather conditions, and you can fish by yourself and enjoy the peace and quiet, or of course, it can also be a sociable activity and a way of making friends. And with fishing often comes a sense of accomplishment or achievement; it isn't always easy to catch a fish and trying to do so becomes an almost personal struggle between you and the fish. Fishing needn't be expensive; once you have the basic equipment, you don't need to spend any money on it, although of course, you can spend thousands of pounds on the latest equipment if you want to.

The Use of Boats

You don't need to have a boat to enjoy fishing, but it allows you to access those areas of a river, lake or the sea that aren't accessible from the shore. However, boats don't need to be used for fishing, they can be used for a variety of watersports such as paragliding and racing, or you can simply use your boat to relax on. One of the most relaxing ways to enjoy the English countryside is from the deck of your very own canal boat. Canal cruising has become even more popular in recent years, with the release of several TV programmes featuring canal trips, and whether you are exploring the Trent and Mersey Canal, the Llangollen Canal or the Leeds to Liverpool Canal, it's a wonderful way to slow down, enjoy the scenery and see familiar countryside from an unfamiliar perspective. One of the most popular areas for boating in the UK is the Norfolk Broads, an area of over 125 miles of navigable waterways, with the big advantage of no locks. Of course, you will need somewhere safe to moor your boat, and one of the most convenient places is aston marina in Staffordshire. Offering 200 berths, it's located on the Trent and Mersey canal, next to Aston Lock, and within easy reach of the attractive market town of Stone.

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Boating has been a part of British life for centuries, and at one time the country's extensive canal network was the main means of communication before being replaced by rail. Fortunately, much of the UK's canal network has been renovated and today it's possible to travel the entire country by water.