For many, there is no day more worthily spent than a day of fishing. It’s a sport, a relaxant, a stimulant, a mind-clearer. It’s anything but dull. The first day I went fishing ended with one side of my body suddenly becoming hot, painful and sunburned – I’m sure it was a gradual process, but fishing took so much of my focus and undivided attention that I barely felt time passing, let alone my skin turning a lovely shade of red. An activity that is great for a family day out, a competition or just for some alone time, fishing should definitely be tried at these great lakes, rivers, and exclusive hotels. Just remember to take suncream!
Colston Hall, Woodbridge, Suffolk
If you’re looking for a luxury break away as an excuse to do some fishing, look no further than Colston Hall. Residents of the bed and breakfast sixteenth-century farmhouse or guest cottages have exclusive access to two private lakes stocked with mirror and common carp, bream, roach, rudd, tench, golden orf and ghost koi.
Colton Hall, Suffolk
Todber Manor, Sturminster Newton, Dorset
125 acres of Dorset countryside is home to 11 fishing lakes of Todber Manor, as well as cosy self-catering holiday cottages. The lakes are well stocked and are perhaps best known for their carp fishing, but are also some of the few lakes in Dorset where you can catch a 50lb catfish.
Todber Manor, Dorset
Bawburgh Lake, Bawburgh, Norfolk
Need a challenge? Put the whole family’s fishing skills to the test by trying to catch the huge ghost carp of Bawburgh Lake that has been seen but not caught in several years. The main expanse of the lake is separated from three ‘back bays’ by a central island which hosts numerous good swims, access to which is via a foot bridge.
Bawburgh Lake, Norfolk
Shearwater Lake, Longleat Estate, Wiltshire
Why not take the family on an exciting day trip to see the animals at Longleat before venturing down to Shearwater Lake, casting a line and catching some fish to rewind? The safari and adventure park is also home to this scenic lake in a beautiful setting of mature woodland, which is as popular with walkers and cyclists as it is with all kinds of anglers, holding carp, bream and more.
Shearwater Lake, Wiltshire
Day Ticket (Adult/Child)
River Wye, The Haddon Estate, Derbyshire
If you’d prefer to go dry fly fishing, the scenic 7½ mile stretch of the River Wye in the Peak District is your place. The rivers haven’t been stocked, so all the fish are wild, including the native rainbow trout which you won’t find in any other river in the country. Day tickets and memberships are available through the Peacock at Rowsley.
River Wye, Peacock at Rowsley, Derbyshire
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