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Bury Hill Fisheries

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Type Of Fishing

Coarse Carp


The Boathouse
Old Bury Hill Dorking


David de Vere
Tel: 01306 883621

Brief Description

Part of a 200-year-old estate set in a beautiful, secluded valley in the heart of the Surrey Hills, Bury Hill Fisheries near Dorking is one of the finest day ticket fisheries in the UK.

Whether you are looking for 40lb carp, 30lb pike, double-figure zander or huge match nets of tench, bream, crucian, roach, rudd and perch, you’ll find unrivalled sport across four lakes totaling 20 acres.

From buzzers screaming to floats dipping and quivertips pulling round, there’s a world of fishing to enjoy in magnificent surroundings with the very best of facilities. Your first trip to Bury Hill is always the first of many.

Situated just 20 miles from central London and easily accessed by public transport, the fishery is disabled friendly and permanently staffed, making it ideal for youngsters who, together with OAPs and disabled anglers, benefit from concessionary prices. Bury Hill also has a fully stocked on-site shop, a café and ladies and gents toilets to make your stay as pleasurable and comfortable as possible.

Our News pages are updated every week bringing you the very latest reports of catches, hot pegs, top methods and best baits on all our lakes.

You will also find articles by our resident experts explaining the tackle and techniques needed to get the most from your visit, as well as articles written by some of the country’s top anglers, many of whom are regular visitors to the fishery.

The Lakes
A famous fishery since its creation in the 19th Century, Bury Hill was renowned through the 1950s for tench and pike sport, and more recently through the 60s and 70s the nation's finest match anglers travelled hundreds of miles to line its banks to compete in regular competitions.

Nowadays, following years of careful fishery management and investment, Bury Hill has blossomed into an unrivalled all-round fishery, attracting specimen hunters, pleasure anglers and matchmen alike from far and wide.

The beautiful main lake at Bury Hill, with its mysterious and overgrown jungle and magical rhododendron lined island is matched only by the prolific fishing found on the two smaller lakes situated in the lower valley, designed and created especially for pleasure and competitive fishing in the early 1990s.

Fishing magazines, radio and television crews are regular visitors to the fishery, and John Wilson, who has recorded several episodes of his 'Go Fishing' series for Anglia TV at Bury Hill, describes his visits here as "a perfect day in paradise".

One episode of’s popular series Improve Your Coarse Fishing was filmed at Milton Lake in the company of fishery manager Russ Evans, targeting tench and big perch on worm tactics. FREE TRAILER:

It is the tranquility that sets the mood at Bury Hill. There is no noise from traffic, planes or trains - just the sound of bird song and the sight of wildlife and deer coming down to the lake's wooded shores to drink.

Bury Hill is a fantastic destination for pleasure anglers, specimen hunters, matchmen, beginners and disabled anglers of all ages, and has special facilities to cater for everyone to make their day at the fishery a memorable one.

Old Bury Hill Lake
A 200-year-old tree-lined Victorian Estate Lake surrounded by irises and lilies. At 12 acres there are 75 pegs. Old Bury Hill or the ‘Old Lake’ as it is known holds a fantastic head of specimen carp with several 30s and plenty of doubles and 20s, and is also noted for huge catches of specimen tench and bream, and outstanding winter predator sport with numerous double-figure zander and pike to 30lb plus. Fishing is available from both the bank or from purpose-built punts giving access to the famous 'jungle', which is noted for its huge catches of specimen tench.


Milton Lake
Milton at 30 pegs is stocked with large numbers of tench, crucian carp, roach, rudd, perch and bream as well as a few smaller carp to allow anglers to find a haven away from the tackle-busting doubles and 20-pounders that often muscle in elsewhere on the complex. Pleasure catches to 250lb.


Temple Lake
Old Bury Hill’s land of the giants, Temple is an unashamed out-and-out specimen carp venue, the result of a £350,000 investment in 2003 when a tailor-made big carp lake was constructed and stocked with pedigree English carp. Every bite results in a carp over 20lb, averaging around 25lb. Temple currently holds up to a dozen different 30-pounders which run to upper 30s. Temple is run on an exclusive membership basis with an annual joining fee.


Bonds Lake
A 20-peg lake full of hard-fighting small carp averaging 3-4lb for great carp crunching sport, with tench, roach, rudd and bream for variety. A venue for beefy pole elastic or powerful float and feeder rods, Bonds regularly out-fishes all other lakes due to the head of greedy carp under 10lb. Pleasure catches average well over 50lb during the warmer months, the two-hour match record is a massive 86lb and top match weight over 300lb, making it very popular for club bookings.


Venue Fact File

Bury Hill Fisheries Limited, The Boathouse, Old Bury Hill, Westcott, Nr Dorking, Surrey, RH4 3JU

Telephone: Bailiff/Boat Bookings: (01306) 883621; Estate Office: (01306) 877540 (Monday to Friday)

Fax: (01306) 877545



Matches: Old Bury Hill, Milton and Bonds Lakes can all be booked for matches. There is a minimum booking of ten (10) pegs unless otherwise agreed in advance. Final peg numbers must be confirmed 48 hours in advance of fishing; you will then be liable to pay for this number of pegs irrespective of non-attendance. All match peg bookings assume the use of one rod only, extra rods are charged at day ticket prices.

Lake & Fishery Facilities: Bury Hill is proud to offer some of the best facilities you will find on a fishery, helping to make your stay as enjoyable and problem free as possible. From the basics such as easy access and clean, well-maintained ladies and gents disabled- friendly toilets to the availability of food, bait and tackle on site, at Bury Hill we have considered your every need.

Parking: Bury Hill’s car park is large and immediately adjacent to the fishery entrance. We ask you to park sensibly and to consider our local residents and to be quiet when arriving early - please do not slam doors. Whilst we do not generally have a problem with car theft, we ask you to make sure that your valuables are not left on display, to help maintain the safety of our parking. Please note that under the terms of our insurance, all vehicles are parked at the owner’s risk.

Disabled Access: All our lakes are disabled-friendly, with flat banks and well-maintained paths and swims, which consist of large substantial wooden platforms that will accommodate a wheelchair and all the fishing tackle you can carry. We also have double swims for when a helper is present.

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Comments From Other Anglers


Posted by: MattyD
When: 29th May 2009

Can provide excellent fishing if you get it right on the day. If not you could go home a very unhappy angler.


Posted by: Carp1993
When: 18th May 2010

I went to this fishery loads and it was a constitent blank every time I went. It wasent just me either every angler there except one female angler who pulled a small 6 pound carp out, got absoultely nothing from this very disapointing fishery 2/10

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