Haaf Netting - A Brief History

The shoreline of the Solway Firth at Glasson, Cumbria

Haaf Netting has it's roots spread out throughout history, but here is a snippet of it's history and why we Haaf-Net:

The Introduction of a Past Time

Haaf-Netting was introduced by Norse-Gael settlers around 900AD. The word 'haaf' is derived from the Norse word 'hav', meaning open sea. It is a heritage that has almost died out but in Cumbria the tradition is kept strong. And now you can join in too!

The Norse-Gaels

The Norse-Gaels originated in Viking colonies of Ireland and Scotland, when Norse-Gaels faced problems and fled to Cumbria the tradition of Haaf Netting followed them, bringing this timeless way of fishing to our shores.

More than a tradition - A way of survival

After World war II the food way rationed and there was little work available in the UK. Haaf fishing for salmon provided free food and a source of income during these hard times. Today, the shores of the Solway Firth are the last of the places where you can still find those who practise the art opf Haaf Net Fishing.


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