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  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.

For more information visit we also offer Blue Light Discount please click on the following link

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Guide Prices

Ticket Type/Ticket Tariff
Afternoon Permit (2pm till close) 4 fish£25.00 per ticket
Boat Day Hire inc wheely (wkend)£30.00 per ticket
Boat Day Hire inc wheely (wkday)£25.00 per ticket
Catch and Release Fly/Predator£20.00 per ticket
Evening Boat Hire (4pm till close wk/day)£13.00 per ticket
Evening Boat Hire (4pm till close wk/end)£14.00 per ticket
Evening Permit(4pm till close) 2 fish£20.00 per ticket
Full Day Permit (8 fish)£30.00 per ticket
Full Day Permit (8 fish) conc£28.00 per ticket
Morning & Afternoon Hire - 8am till 1pm wkend)£22.00 per ticket
Morning & Afternoon Hire - 8am till 1pm wkday)£17.00 per ticket
November Boat (all day wkday hire)£22.00 per ticket
November Boat (all day wkend hire)£25.00 per ticket
November Full Day Permit (8 fish)£25.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.



  • Disabled access


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

Target Markets

  • Coach parties accepted

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.  

Public Transport Directions

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 (2 Mar 2024 - 26 Nov 2024)

* We are open from 8am until 8pm or sunset whichever is sooner then from November 1st the site will open from 8am until 4pm (Fishing at moment the boats are back at 5pm, Half an hour before sunset and the banks also closing at that time and by the end of March when the clocks change it will be around 7pm)

We open in March 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.
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