Fishing at Hanningfield Waterside Park
  • Fishing at Hanningfield Waterside Park
  • Fishing at Hanningfield Waterside Park
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  • Café on the Water, Hanningfield Reservoir
  • Fishing at Hanningfield Waterside Park
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Hanningfield Waterside Park is regarded by many as one of the best any method premier still water trout fisheries in the UK. Set within a picturesque part of Essex, this is one fishery you do not want to miss.

With a stocking over the season of a minimum of 50,000 high-quality rainbow trout, along with 1,000 homegrown specimens, you have the opportunity of catching fish weighing up to 10lbs and over.

You can fish from the top of the dam, from the natural bank or from one of our 36 Coulam motorboats, so every time you visit you can enjoy a different experience.

On-site we have an excellent shop stocked with everything you need for a day’s fishing including rods, reels, tackle, accessories, clothing, worms and baits. You can also visit our Cafe on the Water after a full day out for some quality tea and coffee, sandwiches, pastries, cakes or a delicious hot meal.

Day permits and Boats are available to buy from our new booking system Boats must be booked in advance.

Please note your EA rod licence must be purchased online at or at your local post office before fishing at one of our sites. Due to government changes, we are no longer able to sell a rod licence at our Waterside Parks.

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Guide Prices

Day Permit
8 Fish Day Permit @ £30
8 Fish Day Permit Conc @ £28
Afternoon (2pm till close) 4 fish @ £25
Evening (4pm till close) 2 Fish @ £20
Under 17's 2 Fish @ £12
Catch and Release fly/predator fishing only @ £20
November full day 8 fish @£25

Boat Hire:
Midweek day Hire @ £25
Morning 8am till 1pm midweek @ £16
Afternoon 2pm till close @ £16
Evening 4pm till close @ £12
Weekend day hire @ £30
Morning 8am till 1pm midweek @ £20
Afternoon 2pm till close @ £20
Evening 4pm till close @ £12
November day hire (midweek) @ £20
November day hire (weekend) @ £22



  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

COVID-19 Response

  • 2m distancing in place
  • Clear signage
  • Contactless payment possible
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 refund and cancellation policy in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Face mask essential (not provided)
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Facilities must be booked
  • Floors clearly marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • Hygiene screens in place
  • One way system
  • Online booking only
  • Online booking possible
  • Open now
  • Queuing system
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Leisure facilities onsite
  • Mobile phone coverage


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Onsite Catering
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted
  • Single sex groups welcomed


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


Fishing Lodge, Giffords Lane, South Hanningfield, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8HX
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Opening Times

April till November (12 Apr 2021 - 29 Nov 2021)

* We open on 12th April for fishing both from the boats and banks. We open from 8am until 8pm or sunset (whichever is sooner ) seven days a week, in November we close at 4pm. You can book your permits and boat hire on to ensure you get a boat. Permits can also be purchased within the tackle shop.
We will also have ‘The Hide’ open for takeaway drinks and snacks.
Look forward to seeing you all

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