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Philiphaugh News July 2018  


The Cauld And Salmon Viewing Centre

Amazing and stunning weather in late June, has seen  the river at a low level. One turbine only has been ticking over. This time last year there was a run of fresh salmon but unless we get rain soon, there will be no fish ascending the fish pass.


The trees are beautiful and in the sunshine offer a welcome shade on the many interesting walks over the Estate. A lot of young birds can be seen both on the river or in the woodlands.


On the farming side,  lambs are growing fast, along with the newly born calves, which can be seen racing around by the farm steading. Our tenant at Kirkstead won the Blue Face Leicester Championship for the third time at the Royal Highland Show. A brilliant achievement.


Birdsong is deafening. You may see young duck on the river and there are sand martins, swallows, dippers and if you are very lucky a kingfisher.

We were delighted that the Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre was recommended as a fun place for parents and children to visit in a recent article by the Daily Mail.

Philiphaugh Gardens

In the gardens the first batch of strawberries are finished and the next batch will  ripen within the next two weeks. Gooseberries, currents and raspberries will be ready by the end of the month.  Bedding plants have been sold but lovely Sweet William flowers are for sale.


The gardens are open Monday to Friday 8-4 and weekends by appointment.


You may see oyster catchers, dippers, mallard, goosanders and any number of woodland birds. A kingfisher has been seen along the mill lade on several occasions.


The estate has a number of beautiful walks at any time. Please collect a leaflet or consult the map in the salmon viewing centre for route information.


Mobile Phone App

To listen to our fascinating audio tour of the estate and battlefield go to


Battlefield Self Guided Walk

Leaflets and a booklet about the battlefield project are available from the Waterwheel Cafe.


Salmon DVD

A fully narrated film entitled "The Philiphaugh Salmon" showing twenty minutes worth of the best, recorded images from the salmon viewing center, will be available to purchase from the Waterwheel Restaurant.

The species included are salmon, trout, grayling, eel, perch, a brief view of an otter knocking the camera and a goosander swimming underwater below the cauld.

All proceeds will be used towards the upkeep of the centre, for the purchase of equipment, cameras and towards maintaining the facilities. The DVD is priced at £5.