The 50 best UK carp fishing holiday lakes


by Chris Haydon |
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We’ve ranked what we believe to be the best carp fishing holidays on offer in the UK at the moment.

Following a strict and varied set of criteria, our editorial team has scrutinised ever single one of the country’s best venues to help make your choice easier when you’re booking a trip. There’s never been a better time to be a carp angler in the UK, with a stunning choice of venues both big and small, and some truly massive carp within reach of everyone.

The question is...where will you be booking?

Time to book a relaxing carp fishing holiday

The Criteria

Size of fish:

1  (5-10lb)

2 (10lb-20lb)

3 (20lb-30lb)

4 (30-40lb)

5 (50lb+)

Accommodation:

1-5 (Bivvy – Luxury Lakeside Lodges)

Facilities:

Ranked 1-5 based on the number and quality available

Difficulty rating:

1 (Rock-hard)

5 (Guaranteed bites)

Availability:

1 (You need to book years in advance)

5 (You can get on somewhere)

Fishing holidays are for the whole family

50 - Swan Valley Lake, Yateley, Hampshire

(4,  1,  1,  2,  3 = 11/25)

Two stunning lakes with some amazing carp to be caught. The Main Lake boasts a staggering head of 40lb-plus fish. Available for exclusive lake bookings.

Contact: 07770 667 466

Postcode: GU17 0DL

Website: www.swanvalleylake.co.uk

Swan Valley holds some serious carp

49 - Nash Church Lake, Essex

(5,  1,  3,  2,  1 = 12/25)

Lake bookings are now available on this remarkable 4.7-acre lake, which offers some of the best and biggest carp in the country.

Contact: 01702 233811

Postcode: N/A

Website: www.nashlakes.com

Get a session booked on the Nash Church Lake

48 - Burghfield Blue Pool, Reading, Berkshire

(5,  1,  1,  3,  3 = 13/25)

A stunning four-acre crystal-clear lake with carp to 40lb that’s available for groups.

Contact: 01425 674951

Postcode: RG30 3UW

Website: www.advancedangling.com

47 - Churchwood Fisheries, Brentwood, Essex

(4,  1,  2,  3,  3 = 13/25)

Exclusive lake booking on three fantastic waters holding carp to 32lb. A fisherman’s lodge with electricity, as well as hot and cold water, is available for visiting anglers.

Contact: 01277 375499

Postcode: N/A

Website: www.churchwoodfisheries.co.uk

Get the rods out at Churchwood

46 - Orchid Lakes, Dorchester, Oxfordshire

(4,  2,  2,  3,  3 = 14/25)

This historic venue has long been known as ‘the home of the thirties’ and now boasts carp to over 40lb. Bookable huts make the fishing that bit more comfortable.

Contact: 01865 341810

Postcode: OX10 7LP

Website: www.gocatch.fish

45 - Churn Pool Fishery, Cirencester, Gloucestershire

(5,  3,  2,  3,  1 = 14/25)

Offering some of the most amazing carp in the Water Park, right in the heart of the Cotswolds, with exclusive lake bookings and a two-bedroomed lodge available.

Contact: 01285 860783

Postcode: GL7 5QJ

Website: www.churnpool.co.uk

There are some stunners at Churn Pool

44 - Bearley Lakes, Yeovil, Somerset

(4,  4,  1,  4,  1 = 14/25)

Exclusive/non-exclusive holidays with luxury caravan accommodation on the banks of the lakes which hold carp to 38lb.

Contact: 07964 949730

Postcode: BA22 8PE

Website: www.bearleylakes.co.uk

Bearley Lakes is a stunning venue

43 - Hurlston Hall Fishery, Scarisbrick, Lancashire

(3,  1,  3,  4,  4 = 15/25)

Bookable on the Catch app, this superb 4.5-acre fishery has carp to nearly 30lb and an awesome café which can deliver food straight to your peg.

Contact: 07513930416

Postcode: L40 8HB

Website: www.hurlstonfishery.uk

42 - Whelford Pools Fishery, Fairford, Cotswolds

(3,  4,  2,  3,  3 = 15/25)

Three stunning Cotswold pools are set in the grounds of quality holiday accommodation, with carp to 30lb.

Contact: 07800 909096

Postcode: GL7 4DT

Website: www.whelfordpools.co.uk

41 - Lake View Lodge and Fishery, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

(3,  5,  1,  3,  3 = 15/25)

Private fishing for some beautiful carp while staying in your idyllic lodge.

Contact: 01664 444107

Postcode: LE14 4SX

Website: www.lakeviewlodgeandfishing.co.uk

44 - Bain Valley Fisheries, Tattershall Thorpe, Lincolnshire

 (4,  2,  1,  4, 4 = 15/25)

Ten awesome lakes of which four are syndicates, covering 100 acres of water in 500 acres of farm/parkland. A very tranquil setting where you can park behind most pegs, or make camp at one of the five caravan electric hook ups.

Contact: 01526 342275

Postcode: LN4 4PQ

Website: www.bainvalleyfisheries.co.uk

Bain Valley is home to some beautiful and large carp

39 - Cromwell Lake, Newark Nottinghamshire

(5,  3,  2,  3,  3 = 16/25)

Book the intimate lodge on Cromwell Pool and fish for some stunning 20lb-plus carp in tranquil surroundings.

Contact: 07816 243023

Postcode: NG23 6JE

Website: www.cromwelllake.com

38 - Bywater Lake, Newport, Yorkshire

(3,  5,  1,  4,  3 = 16/25)

Stay in the amazing holiday lodge that overlooks the mature three-acre lake – a fisherman’s heaven.

Contact: 01430 448111

Postcode: HU15 2QD

Website: www.bywaterlake.co.uk

37 - Springwood Fishery, Wadhurst, east sussex

(3,  5,  1,  4,  3 = 16/25)

Lodge holidays suitable for single parties or families, with four lakes holding carp to 30lb.

Contact: 07976 283281

Postcode: TN5 7QA

Website: www.springwoodfishery.co.uk

36 - Cottington Lakes, Deal, Kent

(5,  2,  1,  4,  4 = 16/25)

Leading South East carp fishery, eight lakes in 45 acres with caravan/camping pitches.

Contact: 01304 380691

Postcode: CT14 0AR

Website: www.cottingtonlakes.co.uk

There's loads of carp at Cottington Lakes

35 - The Islands Carp Fishery, Warminster, Wiltshire

(3,  3,  4,  3,  3 = 16/25)

Book a trip on the Cabin Lake and have a more glamorous carp session for fish to 30lb.

Contact: 07909436285

Postcode: BA12 6AA

Website: www.cmfisheries.co.uk

34 - Luccombe Fishery, Exminster, Devon

(3,  3,  3,  5,  3 = 17/25)

Family-friendly fishing on small ponds for carp to upper twenties. Pitch up or book a caravan in advance.

Contact: 01392 833571

Postcode: EX6 8AY

Website: www.luccombesfishery.co.uk

There's lots of lakes at Luccombe

33 - Willow Waters Fishery, York, Yorkshire

(3,  5,  1,  4,  4 = 17/25)

Truly stunning lakeside cabins with private fishing for guests for carp to 30lb.

Contact: 01759 306585

Postcode: YO42 1UJ

Website: www.willowwaters.co.uk

32 - York Lakeside Lodges, York, Yorkshire

(4,  5,  1,  3,  4 = 17/25)

Relax in luxury lakeside holiday lodges, with a hot tub, just two miles from York city centre, and enjoy great carp fishing.

Contact: 01904 702346

Postcode: YO24 2QU

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31 - Blackthorn Fishery, Oswestry, Shropshire

(5,  5,  1,  3,  3 = 17/25)

This stunning 3.5-acre luxury lodge fishery in the heart of rural Shropshire contains fish that run to 40lb.

Contact: 07779 127796

Postcode: SY10 9EB

Website: www.blackthornfishery.co.uk

30 - Larford Lakes, Stourport, Worcestershire

 (3,  4,  2,  5,  3 = 17/25)

The addition of high-quality static caravans means that the prolific Larford Lakes can now be enjoyed by holidaymakers. Don’t think it’s just small carp here either, because a 20-pounder is a very real possibility.

Contact: 01299 829373

Postcode: DY13 0SQ

Website: www.larfordlakes.co.uk

29 - Manor Farm Lakes, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire

(4,  2,  1,  5,  5 = 17/25)

The seven amazing lakes here all offer some superb carp fishing, with the stock running to just under 40lb. Either rock up and fish from your bivvy or plan a family camping trip on the nearby pitching site.

Contact: 01767 601138

Postcode: SG18 9BB

Website: www.manorfarmlakes.com

The carp at Manor Farm are beautiful

28 - Langmere Lakes, Frettenham, Norfolk

(3,  5,  2,  3,  4 = 17/25)

This 20-acre site is situated right on the edge of the Norfolk Broads and has five beautiful lakes stocked with carp to 30lb.

Contact: 03453 986589

Postcode: NR12 7NP

Website: www.langmerelakes.co.uk

27 - Near Gatten Fishery, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

(4,  4,  3,  3,  3 = 17/25)

Enjoy some superb fishing for carp nudging the 40lb mark and a luxurious lakeside lodge.

Contact: 01743 290389

Postcode: SY5 0SN

Website: www.gocatch.fish

26 - Viaduct Fishery, Somerton, Somerset

(3,  5,  1,  5,  3 = 17/25)

Highly regarded for its match fishing, the big carp fishing at this six-lake fishery is becoming more popular due to the growing size of the stock. The luxury lakeside lodges put you just a stone’s throw away from the action too.

Contact: 01458 274022

Postcode: TA11 6LJ

Website: www.viaductfishery.com

There are more than just match-sized carp at Viaduct

25 - Olivemead Lake, Chippenham, Wiltshire

(5,  5,  1,  3,  3 = 17/25)

In this lake, known locally as ‘The Hippo Sanctuary’, anglers stand a very good chance of catching 30lb and even 40lb-plus carp right from the decking of their own lakeside lodge.

Contact: 07940 356737

Postcode: SN15 4JF

Website: www.olivemeadlake.co.uk

24 - Furzebray Lakes, South Molton, Devon

(5,  5,  1,  3,  3 = 17/25)

Offering some of the best big-carp fishing in the South West, Furzebray Lakes is one venue every keen carper should visit at least once. The incredible Island Lake is home to a remarkable stock of stunning fish to 48lb. Visitors can stay in the nearby self-catering accommodation or camping site.

Contact: 01769 572653

Postcode: EX36 4ER

Website: www.furzebraylakes.co.uk

23 - Westfield Country Park, Pidsea, East Yorkshire

(3,  5,  3,  4,  3 = 18/25)

Fish with the family in a truly fantastic lakeside lodge for a mix of ghosties, mirrors and commons to just under 30lb on three well-stocked lakes.

Contact: 01964 790100

Postcode: HU12 9AL

Website: www.westfieldcountrypark.co.uk

The accommodation at Westfield is stunning

22 - Lonsdale Park Lakes, Carlisle, Cumbria

(3,  5,  2,  4,  4 = 18/25)

An unspoiled gem set in nearly 40 acres of mature parkland. The carp go to over 30lb and there’s also a good head of pike, double-figure tench and quality roach.

Contact: 01228 562655

Postcode: CA4 0AY

Website: www.lonsdalepark.co.uk

21 - Wyreside Lakes, Lancaster, Lancashire

(4,  3,  3,  4,  4 = 18/25)

The six well-stocked lakes here are among the best in the North West for big-carp fishing, and can be enjoyed by either pitching up at the campsite or booking one of the mini or family pods.

Contact: 01524 792093

Postcode: LA2 9DG

Website: www.wyresidelakes.co.uk

Wyreside is fantastic

20 - Todber Manor, Sturminster Newton, Dorset

(5,  3,  2,  5,  3 = 18/25)

This prolific carp fishery needs little introduction, with everything you need from a fishing point of view for a fantastic holiday. Visiting anglers can stay in the holiday cottages converted from old farm buildings.

Contact: 01258 820384

Postcode: DT10 1JB

Website: www.todbermanor.co.uk

19 - S & R Fishery , Caistor, North Lincolnshire

(4,  5,  4,  3,  3 = 19/25)

Four different specimen carp lakes with fish approaching 40lb, lodge retreats and on-site tackle shop and catering facilities make this a dream vacation.

Contact: 07788 217752

Postcode: LN7 6SF

Website: www.srfishery.co.uk

18 - Hengar Manor, Bodmin, Cornwall

 (2,  5,  3,  5,  4 = 19/25)

Quality accommodation and friendly facilities make this site the perfect family visit. While the carp may not grow big in the three lakes, a twenty is still a possibility, and each one is like a perfect woodcarving. A great place for beginners or kids.

Contact: 01208 228853

Postcode: PL30 3PL

Website: www.parkholidays.com

Hengar Manor is a hidden gem

17 - Billingford Lakes, EAST Dereham, Norfolk

 (4,  4,  4,  3,  4 = 19/25)

Picturesque lakes and amazing carp fishing for fish of more than 40lb is on offer at this Norfolk venue.

Contact: 01362 788111

Postcode: NR20 4RF

Website: www.billingfordlakes.co.uk

16 - Brayton Park, Wigton, Cumbria

(3,  5,  4,  3,  4 = 19/25)

Enjoy the highest-level accommodation and facilities, the Cumbria countryside, and some interesting fishing on an old English carp lake.

Contact: 01697 321857

Postcode: CA7 3PY

Website: www.braytonpark.co.uk

15 - White Springs Fishery, Swansea, South Wales

(4,  5,  3,  4,  3 = 19/25)

Some amazing carp to over 40lb live in the specimen lake, which is set in a scenic and quiet location. Accommodation options include lakeside cabins, apartments, or your own caravan pitch.

Contact: 01792 885699

Postcode: SA4 8QG

Website: www.whitespringsfishery.co.uk

White Springs is incredible

14 - Cefn Mably Lakes, Cardiff, Wales

(4,  5,  3,  4,  3 = 19/25)

In the heart of the Welsh countryside, the five specimen carp lakes here offer some superb fishing from the lakeside log pods. Alternatively, book a lodge and enjoy some luxury carp fishing from your own hot tub.

Contact: 01633 681101

Postcode: CF3 6LP

Website: www.cefnmablylakes.co.uk

13 - Makins Fishery, Nuneaton, Warwickshire

(3,  5,  2,  5,  4 = 19/25)

A match fishing mecca which is now becoming more and more popular with carp anglers. Accommodation options include luxury lodges or a stay in the touring park. Lake 1 is where you’ll find the bigger carp.

Contact: 07923 222511

Postcode: CV11 6QJ

Website: www.makinsfishery.co.uk

Makins has so many waters

12 - Wylands, Battle, East Sussex

(4,  5,  2,  4,  4 = 19/25)

Go carping in style with a stay in one of the Rosie’s Lake pods. Alternatively, enjoy all nine fantastic lakes by booking a chalet or caravan.

Contact: 01424 893394

Postcode: TN33 0SU

Website: www.wylands.co.uk

11 - Cherry Lakes, South Cerney, Cotswolds

(5,  5,  1,  4,  4 = 19/25)

Experience the beauty of the carp and lakes of the Cotswold Water Park with a stay in either the incredible lakeside lodges or the spacious cottage at Cherry Lakes.

Contact: 01285 869887

Postcode: GL7 5UZ

Website: www.cherrylakes.co.uk

10 - Taswood Lakes, Norwich, Norfolk

 (4,  5,  2,  4,  4 = 19/25)

The complex comprises seven lakes beside the River Tas in the heart of Norfolk, offering the best coarse and carp fishing in the region.  Carp to over 40lb are present, meaning there’s a chance of a real whacker! Four gorgeous lakeside lodges are available for weekly rent, with your own private swim and access to all of the lakes.

Contact: 01508 470919

Postcode: NR15 1LX

Website: www.taswoodlakes.co.uk

You'll have loads of fun at Taswood Lakes

9 - Goodiford Mill Fishery, Kentisbeare, Devon

(3,  5,  3,  5,  4 = 20/25)

Luxury accommodation and well stocked lakes with carp to 30lb mean this Devonshire holiday venue is one not to miss.

Contact: 01884 266065

Postcode: EX15 2AS

Website: www.hoseasons.co.uk

8 - Woodland Lakes, Thirsk, North Yorkshire

(3,  5,  4,  4,  4 = 20/25)

Popular with match and pleasure anglers, carpers shouldn’t ignore the 13 well-stocked lakes and luxury lodge accommodation on offer at Woodland.

Contact: 07831 824870

Postcode: YO7 4NJ

Website: www.woodlandlakesthirsk.com

7 - Rookery Waters, Pidley, Cambridgeshire

(3,  5,  3,  5,  4 = 20/25)

You can fish right next to the front door for specimen carp to 30lb in the stunning lodges here that sleep up to five guests.

Contact: 07884 180768

Postcode: PE28 3DF

Website: www.rookerywaters.co.uk

6 - Stafford Moor Fishery, Winkleigh, Devon

(4,  5,  2,  5,  4 = 20/25)

This venue boasts some of the best luxury big-carp fishing holidays you could ask for. Check out the garden swims on Beatties Lake for your own piece of heaven.

Contact: 01805 804360

Postcode: EX19 8PP

Website: www.staffordmoor.co.uk

Stafford Moor is the place to go for plenty of bites from big carp

5 - Cofton Holidays, Dawlish, Devon

(3,  5,  5,  4,  4 = 21/25)

Has a range of accommodation including lodges, cottages, holiday homes, touring and camping pitches. There are five well-stocked lakes, including two specimen carp lakes.

Contact: 01626 247196

Postcode: EX6 8RP

Website: www.coftonholidays.co.uk

4 - Billing Aquadrome, Northampton, Northamptonshire

(4,  5,  5,  4,  4 = 22/25)

Whatever your desired holiday accommodation, Billing has something to suit you, including some wicked camping pods. Three pleasure lakes and a specimen carp water mean there are plenty of fish to go at too.

Contact: 01524 917311

Postcode: NN3 9DA

Website: www.billingaquadrome.com

3 - White Acres, Newquay, Cornwall

(4,   5,  5,  4,  4 = 22/25)

Best known for match fishing, carp anglers shouldn’t ignore the specimen lakes on this premier complex. The facilities and accommodation are unrivalled too.

Contact: 0344 3356784

Postcode: TR8 4LW

Website: www.parkdeanresorts.co.uk

2 - Clawford Lakes, Holsworthy, Devon

(4,  5,  5,  4,   4 = 22/25)

Clawford Lakes has everything you want for a fantastic holiday with friends or family. There’s some great fishing to be had on more than a dozen lakes, with carp of more than 30lb and multiple other species.

This combines with luxury and unique accommodation, a heated indoor pool and Lake Spa, restaurant, bar and fully stocked tackle shop.

Contact: 01409 678018

Postcode: EX22 6PN

Website: www.clawfordlakes.co.uk

Dream fishing at Clawford Lakes

1 - Anglers Paradise, Beaworthy, Devon

(5,   5,  4,  4,  4 = 22/25)

You couldn’t find a more perfect name for this famed Devonshire complex. With over 30 stunning lakes to choose from, 12 of which offer exclusive fishing to residents, there’s something for all anglers here, not just carpers.

Anglers Paradise is one-of-a-kind

The accommodation options are of the highest quality, and the site has everything you could possibly need for an enjoyable stay, including the lively Fisherman’s Bar with owner Zyg’s famous wine.

Anglers Paradise is home to Devon's biggest carp

In terms of the fishing, the Kracking Carp Lake holds fish beyond your wildest dreams, while the Main Carp Lake is known as the ‘Jewel in the Estate’. Beginners or young anglers will find plenty of action on the smaller lakes, and some unique, wonderfully coloured koi in the Koi Lake. A truly one-of-a-kind fishing experience.

Contact: 01409 221559

Postcode: EX21 5XT

Website: www.anglers-paradise.co.uk

Enjoy your stay at Anglers Paradise!

So there we go! 50 of the best carp fishing holiday venues in the UK. Think you know a fishery that should make the list? Let us know and we will review it in a future issue of the magazine.

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