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Hanningfield Reservoir




Hanningfield Reservoir, set within a picturesque part of Essex, not only helps provide water for over 1.8 million customers of Essex & Suffolk Water but is also open for visitors to enjoy a day out in the beautiful landscape.

The reservoir is one of the premier fisheries in the UK providing some of the best reservoir trout fishing by either bank or boat. The standard of fishing combined with the retail and leisure facilities on offer such as Cafe on the water, tackle shop, picnic areas, woodland walks, access to the Essex Wildlife Trust nature reserve, easy accessibility by road and free parking make a trip to Hanningfield Reservoir a great day out.


For bank angling, fishing platforms are provided for both safety and comfort on the concrete banks. You can enjoy excellent fishing from the natural bank, especially early or late in the season when lower water levels allow wading.

A fleet of 40 well maintained powered boats are available to hire from the fishing lodge jetty, including wheelie boats for less mobile anglers.

The varying depths and contours of the reservoir allow for many different approaches to be used to suit your preferred fishing methods. Most methods will work on any given day, so you have the choice to use small imitations through to large lures with excellent chance of success.


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Free fishing for under 17's:
Fishing is fantastic fun for children* and the whole family. It's so easy to learn, makes a great day out and is the perfect way to make friends and above all, have fun. Families can too enjoy a day's fishing as up to two juniors aged eight to 17 can fish for free when one parent or guardian buys a standard day permit. Boats are also available to hire. Please note, only two persons are allowed per boat.

Spinning days are very popular and offer the chance for parents, guardians and children to spend an enjoyable day out fishing. As well as this, our any method fishing further adds to, and enhances, the family fishing opportunities available at Hanningfield Reservoir. For instance, it has made it much easier for the younger generation to get into and enjoy our fantastic sport. Children* under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult. The minimum age limit for children fishing from a boat with their parent or guardian is eight years of age.

Fly fishing tuition:
Beginner's courses are available at the reservoir and run under qualified instruction throughout the season. They continue to go from strength to strength and are extremely popular. The tackle and equipment you need for the course is provided so all you need to do is to come appropriately dressed for the weather. Classes take place on Saturdays, and include free rod hire for the day. The course covers casting, tackle, knots, techniques, trout behaviour and safety as well as providing lunch and an opportunity to try your hand at fishing in the afternoon. The beginner's course is a great introduction to fly fishing, where we also welcome junior anglers (must be aged eight years or over). Anyone can join, so book early to avoid disappointment. Dates for 2011

Nature at its best:
Hanningfield is recognised as a 'Site of Special Scientific Interest'. Its winged species include many freshwater ducks, great crested and little grebes, coots, moorhens and cormorants. Sparrowhawk, goldcrest and all three types of British woodpecker can also be found which makes Hanningfield an excellent place for nature lovers and bird watchers alike. Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre is set in a 100-acre woodland reserve beside the reservoir and managed by Essex Wildlife Trust. It is an ideal place to view the wildlife within the nature reserve and find out the latest sightings news. The nature reserve offers some beautiful walks through the woodland, taking in bird hides, picnic areas, ponds and views across the reservoir. Full details and a map can be seen in the reservoir brochure which you can view by going to this page

Retail and leisure:
The tackle shop has everything you need for an enjoyable day out. It sells a comprehensive range of fishing equipment, clothing and confectionary. As well as this our knowledgeable employees will be only too happy to help you make informed choices and answer your queries. There are a number of beginners kits to help you get started (rod, reel, line, etc) available in the shop. Fly rod hire is also available. Open everyday from 8.00am to 4.00pm. (Saturday 5 March 2011 to Wednesday 30 November 2011

Competitions: Check the website for details on AMFC final, Saturday 1 October and the Fred Neville day, Sunday 30 October.
WaterAid at Hanningfield. Our life saving partnership continues this season on Sunday 25 September. All proceeds will be donated to the independent charity WaterAid. There will be generous Hardy Greys vouchers for those in the top places and for the biggest fish. A star raffle prize for an Explorer season permit will be drawn on the day of the competiton. Tickets will be on sale in advance from the fishing lodge. Thank you to Hardy Greys

Online Permits: All permits are for a day only and catch limits must be shared if more than one person is fishing. (permits are not transferrable)

Full: £25 (8 fish shared catch limit. Up to 2 children under 17 can fish free on their parent, grandparent or guardian's permit)

Concession: £23 (under 17, 65 & over, Blue Badge or Disability Living Allowance. Evidence required on the day, failing to do so will incur full price and a +50% fine will be charged).

Boat hire full day: £20 (no half days prices, boats finish the end of November. To book a boat please contact the fishery)

In addition to a permit, all anglers aged 12 or over must also be in possession of their own valid individual Environment Agency rod license,which if not already held can be bought from the shop .

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Contact Details

Fisheries Manager,
Hanningfield Reservoir,
Giffords Lane,
Essex, CM3 8HX

Mon-Fri 9-5pm 0845 155 0236
Cafe on the water 01268 712 180