Going fishing on your Tranquil Parks holiday
Sitting beside the water, watching the ripples, listening to the birds and enjoying the peace and quiet is a perfect way to switch off when you’re on holiday. Fishing has a big appeal for many of our guests, and it’s hard to think of another pastime that combines relaxing in nature with the challenges and excitement of landing a fish.
Seven of the adult only touring parks in our group have fishing lakes on site. Some are open to the public, while others have lakes just for guests. There are also Tranquil Parks near rivers, canals and the coast if you enjoy a challenge or are looking for a specific type of fishing.
More people fishing than ever before
Fishing has become even more popular since the COVID lockdowns and an increased desire to reconnect with nature. We’ve also seen many more women enjoying the sport. The AnglngTimes has reported that nearly 1 million rod licences were sold by the Environment Agency last year, raising nearly £22 million to supply and stock coarse fish into stillwaters and rivers around the country.
Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or new to angling, we hope you find this brief tour of the opportunities for fishing at Tranquil Parks to be useful. Please remember that every park in the Tranquil Parks group is an independent business and therefore sets its own rules, charges and terms for fishing.
Fishing lakes on site
Eye Kettleby Lakes, Leicestershire
We’ll start our tour with the award-winning Eye Kettleby Lakes, which probably has the largest onsite fishery of any of our member parks. This park has won many national awards, the most recent being Overall Winner of the Top 100 Sites 2023.
Located Near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, the park has 8 onsite fishing lakes which attract anglers from across the county. There are 2 specimen carp lakes, 5 coarse fishing lakes and 1 coarse lake for guests staying in the lodges. The coarse fishing lakes contain a mixture of bream, roach, tench, rudd, perch, crucian, mirror and common carp up to 25lb.
Eye Kettleby Lakes is open all year round and has 130 all-weather pitches spread across 2 touring parks laid out around decorative lakes. An impressive log building houses a tearoom and bar, all separated from the adult touring parks by the large mature fishing lakes – see park’s fishing information. (If you’re not staying at the park, you’ll need membership to fish on the complex.)
Field’s End Water Caravan Park, Lodges & Fishery, Cambridgeshire
There are 3 fishing lakes and 70 swims at Fields End Water, including 2 highly rated carp and silver fish fishing lakes.
If you stay in the Waterside area of the park you can fish from your pitch for free! This recent development has luxury pitches and glamping cabins set around the lake, no more than 3 metres from the water’s edge! Here you have your very own fishing swim and up to 2 guests per pitch can fish free of charge. Waterside lake is fully stocked with carp, barbell, roach, ide and chubb up to around 14lb – see park’s fishing information.
The newest touring area, Woodside, is between 2 of the fishing lakes on the site of the former Caravan Club Certificated Location.
Grooby’s Pit, Lincolnshire
Now a firm favourite with many keen anglers, Grooby’s Pit near Skegness has 2 fishing lakes on site – a 2-acre coarse fishing lake and a nursery lake. Both lakes are exclusively for the use of guests and are fully stocked with a variety of fish.
There is a charge for fishing and there are deals to be had if you pay upfront at the beginning of your stay. You can now pre-book fishing when booking your stay.
Stretton Lakes, Rutland – NEW PARK!
Our newest member, Stretton Lakes, had just opened a brand new adult only touring site at the time of writing. This is a well established fishing location with 7 luxury log cabins and a small CL set around the lakes.
There are 8 lakes and 7 are available to fish. If you’re staying at Stretton Lakes fishing is free and you can choose any lake. For non-residents it’s an open coarse fishery, which operates on a day ticket basis. Types of fish include mirror, common and ghost carp, roach, rudd, tench and bream – find out more.
Old Oaks Touring Camping & Glamping Park, Somerset
Sometimes referred to as ‘the fishing pond’, the half-acre coarse fishing lake at Old Oaks Touring Camping & Glamping Park near Glastonbury is exclusively for guests’ use. It’s less than 300 metres from many pitches with good access and parking if needed.
This is an idyllic haven, well stocked with carp, scaly carp, chubb and tench up to around 15lb. You can enjoy a view of Glastonbury Tor and the beautiful surroundings while you wait for a bite. Fishing is free of charge during March. Find out more.
York Caravan Park
A fishing lake stocked with reasonably sized chubb, rudd, roach and orfe is the centrepiece of York Caravan Park, and it’s free for guests to fish. Don’t expect it to be stocked to ‘match’ standards, though. If you’d like to enjoy some serious fishing, Yorkshire offers a huge choice of venues.
Around York City alone, there are 7 rivers, 3 canals and numerous lakes and reservoirs. For information about coarse and game fishing around York, visit the York & District Angling Association, where you can also buy holiday permits online.
On the park, guests can enjoy fishing or sitting out in the picnic area watching the wildlife the lake attracts. As an adult only caravan site, you can be sure your fishing will not be disturbed by youngsters! See York Caravan Park’s fishing page for details.
Red Kite Touring Park, Powys
For those of you who dream of lazy days by the pool, Red Kite Touring Park in Mid Wales has a coarse fishing lake well stocked with carp weighing up to 12lb, tench bream and crucian carp.
Located about 100 metres down the hill from the closest touring pitches, with a small car park if needed, this pool is exclusively for guests at Red Kite Touring Park and its nearby sister park, Clewedog. There is a charge per day, with weekly and season rates also available – see the park’s fishing page.
A nearby trrout fishery at Clywedog Reservoir is approximately 15 minutes’ drive away – find out more.
Access to rivers on site
York Naburn Lock Caravan Park, Yorkshire
Coarse fishing on UK rivers started on 16 June this year. York Naburn Lock Caravan Park has its own private water on the bank of the River Ouse. If you don’t manage to catch anything, the breathtaking views along this stretch of river make it all worthwhile.
The Ouse is tidal up to Naburn Lock, where the waters are known for bream, carp and perch. You can also land barbel, and salmon have also been found in season. You can buy day permits at the park’s reception/shop. See the park’s fishing page.
Waterrow Touring Park, Somerset
Waterrow Touring Park allows guests to fish the River Tone that runs through the park’s woodland. They mainly find brown trout, but some have reported finding salmon fry.
Nearby there are two coarse fishing lakes and two reservoirs for the keen fly fishermen and women. There are also coarse fishing venues close by in Waterrow and at Shillingford, Oakford and Langford Lakes – all within ten minutes’ drive.
Back of Beyond Touring Camping & Glamping Park, Dorset
In East Dorset, the Moors River flows along part of the Back of Beyond Touring Camping & Glamping Park boundary. Guests are welcome to try their luck with the appropriate rod license. The Avon and Stour rivers in this area have nationally recognised trout, salmon and barbell fisheries to suit a range of capabilities. There are also many coarse fishing lakes nearby – read more on the park’s fishing information page.
Fishing lakes nearby
- Trentside Fisheries is only about 100 yards from Brookside Country Park in the village of Burton upon Stather in Lincolnshire. It has a lake 7 acres in size with an abundance of natural wildlife. A 36lb pike was caught there a few years ago! There are bream to 12lb, roach to 3lb, perch to 4lb, tench to 13lb, rudd to 2-3lb, carp to 34lb, eels to 6lb and also catfish of around 40lb! Open to anyone daily, there’s no need to book – just turn up and the warden will take payment.
- Blue Rose Country Park is a stone’s throw from the very popular Star Carr Fishing Lakes. This is a private club, but Blue Rose guests can sign up for daily passes. Star Carr has several lakes, including the Clay Pit and Old Trout Lake. Tench, carp and bream are in abundance, along with big trout.
- You’ll find excellent fishing at Chew Valley Lake in Somerset, close to Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park. This 1,200-acre lake is one of the UK’s premier fishing venues, producing consistently high catches from its relatively shallow, fertile waters which are re-stocked every year. The wide range of fish species found here include brown trout up to 22lb, rainbow trout up to 14lb and pike reaching over 30lb. Although Chew Valley Lake is just a short walk from the park, the angling centre is a short drive away. Boat fishing is recommended for visitors here, though bank permits are also available for both Chew and Blagdon Lakes.
- Just a short walk from Somers Wood Caravan Park in North Warwickshire is the Packington Somers Coarse Fishery. Developed on the site of former gravel working, this has no fewer than 13 well established lakes and pools, with each pool offering something different – find out more.
- New Lodge Farm in Northamptonshire is close to Fermyn Woods Country Park where the Big Pit Pond offers beginner anglers the chance to catch roach, rudd and carp. Rutland Water is a well known destination for trout fly fishing. Over the autumn and winter months, the water opens up to predator fishing with lures for pike, perch and zander. All trout fishing is with fly only at Rutland water – go to Rutland Water fishing information.
Rivers and canals near to Tranquil Parks
- Two Mills Touring Park in Norfolk has many spots near the park, as they are so close to the Broads (network of rivers and lakes). There’s a good spot at Dilham Canal, just a 5-minute drive from the park. Restoration of this once working canal has been the work of the North Walsham and Dilham Canal Trust. The banks and landing jetty at Ebridge Mill now provide great spots for anglers. Although the waterways are used for canoeing and regular trips run by the Trust, there are still plenty of quiet places to drop in a line for rudd, roach, pike, tench, perch and bream. The multi-use fishing here is great for beginners as it’s free (with a licence plus by kind permission of the owner). In advance of your visit, make sure you check the rules.
- Fishing in the River Morlais, is a short walk from South Wales Touring Park. The River has brown trout, sea trout and salmon fishing. This is a tributary of the River Towy, one of the best rivers for sea trout (caled sewin in Welsh) in the UK . Fishing for them at night is said to be a unique experience! For more information see Towy & Cothi | The Fishing Passport.
- From Daisy Bank Caravan Park fishing is available along the River Severn and its tributaries between Newtown and Welshpool. The Montgomery Canal is also popular and requires a club fishing permit. There are coarse fishing lakes in Welshpool – read more.
- Chain Bridge Touring Caravan Park in Northumberland is a short walk from the River Tweed, which is well known for trout and salmon fishing. Ask the park owners for information.
- Woodland Springs Touring park is in Dartmoor National Park, where the rivers are renowned for fishing. The Dart and other rivers are home to wild brown trout, sea trout and salmon. You need a Duchy of Cornwall permit for stretches of the East and West Dart. There’s also a trout fishery at Tavistock and reservoir fishing is also available – read more.
- From Exe Valley Caravan Park in Somerset you can enjoy a day’s fishing at one of the local fish farms or from Wimbleball or Clatworthy resevoirs – read more.
- Wells Touring Park in Somerset is a few miles from Avalon Fisheries which has a specimen carp lake and a match and pleasure lake.
If you’re interested in sea fishing, the Tranquil Parks featured on our Coastal Holidays page will be able to give you information about local sea fishing locations and trips.