established 1908



12 months
postcode cw7 2px

Marton Hole was created over a hundred years ago by the collapse of land being
mined below it for salt. Rumour has it the local farmer at the time jumped across
a small hole in the morning walking down to tend his herd and on his way home
that evening at the same spot Marton Hole had appeared! During the years
from 1863 to 1882 the hole eventually grew to its present size and depth.
It is fed by a stream but has no outfall and for this reason in the winter the water
can rise by as much as 2 feet. In the summer when the temperatures rise and
evaporation occurs the water drops revealing the fishing stages! And a sheer drop!
It must be pointed out that Marton Hole can be a dangerous place to fish.
It is remote - so raising the alarm could be difficult. It has sheer drops on two sides
of about 40 feet and is also susceptible to land slips. If that isn't enough, the water
has a sheer drop not that far out down to 55 feet. It is about 300 yards across.
For safety reasons unaccompanied juniors are not allowed and senior members
should always try to fish in pairs. Fishing is entirely at your own risk.
At one time the water was used as a game fishery and was stocked with trout
and grayling. However when the water was taken on by WDAA the fishery could
not be netted successfully due to its depth so it is believed that offspring of
these game fish may still exist.The water also contains quality chub, tench and
perch and is well known for it's very large and very difficult carp to over 40lb.
Marton Hole is probably the Associations mystery water and it is fair to say that it's
infrequently fished. This is probably down to the round trip hike of about a mile
and a half and the fact that the fish are far from easy . But the quality of
the fish makes it well worth the effort of a serious angler.

Fishing is allowed from the marked areas only and half the banking
is closed to angling. If in doubt contact the bailiff or Fishery manager.
Access to Marton hole is from Whitegate station (parking available here )
along Whitegate way. Aprox 1 mile over 2 stiles !

This water requires a work party stamp to fish during the closed season.


All anglers fishing the association pools and rivers, have the right ,whenever questioned by a bailiff of the association, to request that the bailiff also is able to show his/her card. If any members are asked to leave the water for whatever reason by a bailiff and he/she fails to produce a valid bailiff card please contact a member of the fishery management team or comittee.