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Open for fishing. Essex Wildlife Trust and the woodlands are closed untill August. Follow our Facebook and website for further information.

Hanningfield Reservoir is now the UK's premier 'any method' trout fishery and its success has allowed for investment in facilities on site. We have a fleet of 35 boats, 10 of which were recently replaced with new Coulham fishing boats. The fishing season is open from March through to end November, and each year at least 40,000 trout will be stocked throughout the season.

Free fishing for those under 16 years old when with their parents or guardians is available together with a Loyalty scheme offering a free days fishing after 7 visits. Tuition courses for beginners are also run, lead by experts, with all the fishing tackle and a lunch supplied for £69 per person. Booking for these Saturday courses is essential and those taking part must be at least 8 years old. Call 0345 1550236 to reserve a place.

The Reservoir also supports a lakeside 'Cafe on the Water' which is open 7 days a week through the year.
Please call 03451550236 for opening times.

Guide Prices

Day Permits:
12 Fish Day Permit @ £40 (New for 2019)
8 Fish Day Permit @ £29
8 Fish Day Permit Conc @ £27
Credit Cruncher 4 Fish @ £22
Catch & Release Day Permit @ £18

Boat Hire:
Midweek day Hire @ £20
Weekend day hire @ £27



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • Picnic site


  • Children welcome


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Public toilets


Map & Directions

Road Directions

From the A12 take the A1245 (Howe Green) turnoff. After 3 miles turn right at the Bell Public House into South Hanningfield Road. After 2 miles, turn right into Giffords Lane just after the Old Windmill Public House, the reservoir is to be found at the bottom of Giffords Lane. Sat Nav. CM3 8HX.

The nearest railway station is Chelmsford, which is 9 miles away.

Hanningfield Waterside Park Fishing


South Hanningfield Road, South Hanningfield, South Hanningfield, CHELMSFORD, Essex, CM3 8HX
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Opening Times

* The fishery is open March to end November each year from 8am. Please call 0345 1550236 or enquire at the Tackle shop for closing times which vary during the season.

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