Both the Esk and Liddle flow through picturesque countryside typical of the Border area and much of the bankside is wooded with indigenous hardwoods. The rivers are generally fast flowing and with beds of rock outcrop or pebble shingle with no natural weed growth.
With this type of feature and the river running very clear after a spate the river still offers the angler some great salmon and seatrout fishing. The river is now 100% catch and release and as run by the EA a Post office English license is required.
Fishing start in May and runs until September with runs of salmon and seatrout(June/July). The river offers a variety of fishing and resting places for fish.