best uk carp fishing holidays

Best UK Carp Fishing Holidays - (Full Guide on Specimen Lakes, Lodges & Family Holiday Parks With Carp Fishing.)

When you talk about carp fishing holidays, you usually associate France as a venue. With some huge carp that reside in some big waters, it's no wonder why.

But there are equally some amazing venues in the UK that house some big fish with which you can book a holiday at.

There are also some great UK venues that can balance your need to go carp fishing alongside taking the family along to do other activities as well.

This article details 15 venues that would make a great choice for a UK carp fishing holiday. Whether it's just the lake you are looking to book for a week or a lodge with a carp fishing lake nearby, we explain all...

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Best UK Carp Fishing Holiday Lodges

The following venues all have carp fishing lakes with a choice of lodge as accommodation:

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Lodge on a Lake (Cefn Mably Lakes) - Cardiff

best UK carp fishing holidays lodge on a lake

Lodge on a lake is a beautiful complex set in 35 acres of Welsh countryside just 6 miles from Cardiff. The lodges actually reside on a group of lakes called Cefn Mably Lakes.

Cefn Mably also caters for fishing without the need to rent a lodge so if a long session is what you are after then this would be a decent venue to choose.

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The majority of the lodges sleep 2 people, however, there is one lodge that is suitable for 4 (2 adults and 2 children). All the lodges are of a high standard and well kept with some containing Jacuzzis for extra luxury.

There are 8 lakes in total as Cefn Mably with 3 of the lakes being exclusive to those using the lodges.

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Some pictures from the 'lodge on a lake' complex

Lodge on a lake at a glance:

Location:  Cardiff, CF3 6LP

Size:  8 Lakes and 9 Lodges

Biggest Carp:  37lb

Pets Allowed:  Small dogs in 3 lodges only

Tel No:  01633 681 101

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Cherry lakes - Gloucestershire

best uk carp fishing holidays - cherry lakes

Cherry lakes is a very picturesque venue based in the beautiful Cotswold water park in Gloucestershire. There are four lakes to enjoy some great carp fishing in with three of them being exclusive to those hiring lodges.

There are six luxury lodges on-site housing up to four people and one cottage suitable for families of up to six people.

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The fishing caters to both novices and advanced anglers with a good mix of commons and mirrors in the four lakes.

There are plenty of 20lb fish in all the lakes with some 30s also present. The record currently at Cherry Lakes stands at 44lb.

best uk carp fishing holidays - cherry lakes
best uk carp fishing holidays - cherry lakes
best uk carp fishing holidays - cherry lakes

Some pictures  of carp from 'cherry lakes

Cherry lakes at a glance:

Location:  Cirencester,  GL7 5UZ

Size:  4 Lakes and 6 Lodges

Biggest Carp:  44lb

Pets Allowed:  No

Tel No:  01285 869 887

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Olivemead Lake - Wiltshire

best uk carp holidays - olivemead lake

Olivemead lake is a tranquil, private estate lake that is 3 acres in size and set in grounds totalling 8 acres.

The owners state that the number of 20, 30, and 40lb carp per acre at Olivemead, make it one of the more densely populated, large carp, venues in the country.

There are four beautiful lodges on site available to book for up to four people per lodge.

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Olivemead lake is very much a specimen carp venue holding around 160 fish. Out of these fish, there are approximately a hundred at 20lb+, 37 different 30’s and 4 different 40’s up to 46.4oz.

best uk fishing holidays - olivemead lake
best uk fishing holidays - olivemead lake
best uk fishing holidays - olivemead lake
best uk fishing holidays - olivemead lake
best uk fishing holidays - olivemead lake
best uk fishing holidays - olivemead lake

Some pictures  from 'Olivemead lake.

Olivemead lake at a glance:

Location:  Chippenham,  SN15 4JF

Size:  A 3 acre Lake with 4 Lodges

Biggest Carp:  46lb 4oz

Pets Allowed:  Yes

Tel No:  07940 356 737

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Blackthorn Fishery - Shropshire

best UK carp fishing holidays - Blackthorn fishery

Blackthorn Fishery has been a family-run business for over 30 years, and it is now the perfect location for carp fishing lovers looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern-day life.

There are four luxury lodges at Blackthorn which cater for up to 2 anglers each.

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The lake is home to 107 beautiful looking carp with leather, fully-scaled and linear carp all present within the venue.

Blackthorn is really a specimen water with carp going up to 41lb and a good amount of 30lb fish present as well.

Check out this video showcasing Blackthorn Fishery:

Blackthorn Fishery at a glance:

Location:  Oswestry,  SY10 9EB

Size:  A 3.5 acre Lake with 4 Lodges

Biggest Carp:  41lb

Pets Allowed:  No

Tel No:  07779 127 796

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Woodlakes Park - Norfolk

Best Carp fishing holidays UK - Woodlakes Park

Woodlakes Park is a beautiful venue in a picturesque and tranquil area of Norfolk.

The accommodation at Woodlakes compromises of 12, purpose-built, timber frame log cabins ranging from 2 berth up to 8 berth.

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There are 5 lakes in total at this fishery with 3 being exclusive to those renting out the lodges.

The carp fishing caters for beginners and more advanced anglers alike, with carp reported being present up to 40lb.

The average-sized carp, however, is mid-double to low 20lb so if you are looking for a venue as more of a 'runs water' with the opportunity of catching something bigger, then Woodlakes Park could be for you.

best uk carp fishing holidays - woodlakes park
best uk carp fishing holidays - woodlakes park
best uk carp fishing holidays - woodlakes park
best uk carp fishing holidays - woodlakes park
best uk carp fishing holidays - woodlakes park
best uk carp fishing holidays - woodlakes park

Some pictures from 'Woodlakes Park lake.

Woodlakes Park at a glance:

Location:  Kings Lynn,  PE34 3PX

Size:  5 Lakes with 12 Lodges

Biggest Carp:  40lb

Pets Allowed:  Yes

Tel No:  01553 810 414

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Nuddock Wood lake - Lincolnshire

best carp fishing holidays UK - Nuddock Wood

Nuddock Wood Lake is an 8.6-acre water located on a picturesque 16-acre site in North Lincolnshire. The secluded and secure venue is surrounded by mature woodland and fields, offering a truly tranquil setting.

There are 3 luxury lodges available to rent at Nuddock wood alongside a brick-built anglers lodge with showers and plenty of mod cons.

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The lake is fairly deep and as such contains no weed. Because of the depth, Nuddock Wood houses approximately 200 carp quite comfortably with 30 of these exceeding the 30lb mark.

The lake record at Nuddock Wood currently stands at 44.5lb.

The venue is more of a specimen carp destination so would be more suited for experienced carp anglers looking for a bit of fishing luxury.

Check out the following video showcasing everything you need to know about Nuddock Wood Lake...

Nuddock Wood Lake at a glance:

Location:  Burringham,  DN17 1US

Size:  An 8.6-acre lake with 3 Lodges

Biggest Carp:  44.5lb

Pets Allowed:  Yes

Tel No:  07748 186 235

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Anglers Paradise - Devon

best uk carp fishing holidays - anglers paradise

Anglers Paradise is a popular and well-known venue in the heart of the beautiful Devonshire countryside.

There are plenty of villas on-site with different, quirky styles and sizes, housing between 2 and 9 people. 

Anglers paradise is a great family venue as there are plenty of other activities available to do alongside the fishing.

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Most of the lakes at Anglers Paradise contain carp but the two more suited lakes for the avid carp angler are the Main carp lake and the Specimen carp lake.

The main carp lake is titled The 'Jewel in the Estate' and is a beautiful, mature lake, 4 acres in size with 5 islands. There are up to 200 doubles present and approximately 100 fish over the 20lb mark.

There are also catfish in the main carp lake up to 90lb in weight.

The Specimen carp lake is 2 and a half acres in size and is less densely populated than the main lake with only 33 carp present.

The average-sized carp, however, is in the upper twenties with 8 fish being over the 30lb mark.

As part of being a guest at Anglers Paradise, you can fish the day ticket venues for half price.

One of these lakes (Lake Nirvana) holds carp to over 50lb! 

In summary, Anglers paradise is a great venue for a carp fishing holiday whether it's as a family or as a group of anglers looking for a UK carp fishing break.

best uk carp fishing holidays - anglers paradise
best uk carp fishing holidays - anglers paradise
best uk carp fishing holidays - anglers paradise
best uk carp fishing holidays - anglers paradise
best uk carp fishing holidays - anglers paradise
best uk carp fishing holidays - anglers paradise

Some pictures  from 'Anglers Paradise

Anglers Paradise at a glance:

Location:  Beaworthy,  EX21 5XT

Size:  Over 30 lakes with lots of holiday villas.

Biggest Carp:  Over 50lb (Day ticket lake)

Pets Allowed:  No

Tel No:  01409 221 559

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Lakeview Lodge & Fishing - Leicestershire

best carp fishing holidays in the uk - Lakeview Lodge and fishing

Lakeview Lodge is a very private lake in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. At just under 2 acres in size, the owners offer exclusive fishing to the lake with the rental of the lodge.

There are four large swims to choose from with a maximum of three anglers permitted to fish.

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The lake is so private that there is no mention of what the fish population actually is within the lake, although we do know that there are some beautiful fish well over 20lb present.

If you are looking for a very secluded, private venue, in beautiful surroundings for up to 3 anglers, then Lakeview lodge & fishing could be just the ticket.

best carp fishing holidays in the uk - Lakeview Lodge and fishing
best carp fishing holidays in the uk - Lakeview Lodge and fishing

Some pictures  from 'Lakeview Lodge & Fishing

Lakeview Lodge & Fishing at a glance:

Location: Melton Mowbray,  LE14 4SX

Size:  A 2-acre lake with 1 lodge

Biggest Carp:  Unknown

Pets Allowed:  No

Tel No:  01664 444 107

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Furzebray Carp Lakes - North Devon

best uk carp fishing holidays - furzebray

Furzebray is a complex of 3 specimen carp lakes situated in the stunning North Devon countryside.

Furzebray Lakes offers luxury self-catering lodges as well as quality camping and caravanning facilities within beautiful gardens.

There are four lodges available to rent, each with its own character and view of the countryside and lake. The lodges are equipped to a high standard and all boast free wifi.

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All three of the lakes at Furzebray are well stocked with carp to over 30lb in weight with the lake record currently sitting at 47lb 4oz.

All of the lakes are rich with features both visual with the islands and overhanging trees as well as underwater gravel bars.

Due to the size of the fish present, this water is more suited for experienced anglers and is by no means a 'runs water'.

Check out this video, showcasing an overhead view of the Furzebray lakes complex...

best uk carp fishing holidays - furzebray
best uk carp fishing holidays - furzebray

Some pictures  from 'Furzebray carp lakes

Furzebray carp lakes at a glance:

Location: South Molton,  EX36 4ER

Size:  3 lakes with 4 lodges

Biggest Carp:  47lb 4oz

Pets Allowed:  No

Tel No: 01769 572 653

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York Lakeside Lodges - Yorkshire

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York Lakeside holidays is a great venue for a UK carp fishing holiday. The lake is a specimen water with 14 luxury self-catering lodges on site.

The lodges sleep 2 to 7 people and have all the required mod cons including hot tubs!

All but 2 lodges allow pets making it a great UK carp holiday venue for the family.

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The lake is 10 acres in size and contains some beautiful Common, Mirror, and Ghost carp.

The largest in the lake is unknown, but what is known is that there is a good head of large 30s present, predominantly Mirror carp.

The lake is challenging and is by no means a runs water. Experienced anglers with good watercraft are usually the ones that prevail as this fantastic venue.

Check out this video of the venue...

York Lakeside Holidays at a glance:

Location: York,  YO24 2QU

Size:  A 10-acre lake with 14 lodges

Biggest Carp:  Unknown

Pets Allowed:  Yes

Tel No: 01904 702 346

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Taswood Lakes - Norfolk

best carp fishing holidays in the uk - Taswood

Taswood lakes is a truly picturesque carp fishery, nestled in the Tas valley within the beautiful Norfolk countryside.

There are 4 lakes to choose from at Taswood all with decent-sized carp within them.

Taswood offers 4, fully equipped, holiday lodges overlooking one of the lakes. Each of these lodges has its own private swim and patio area.

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One of the real benefits of Taswood lakes is that each of the lakes has been stocked differently to cater to your desired type of carp fishing. 

There is one runs water at the complex with a further two lakes that have been heavily stocked but still with some decent 20 and 30lb fish in them.

There is also one lake that is more suited for the specimen hunter that has fewer fish present but with a higher average weight.

Check out this video of the venue...

Taswood lakes at a glance:

Location: Norwich,  NR15 1LX

Size:  4 lakes with 4 lodges

Biggest Carp:  Unknown

Pets Allowed:  No

Tel No: 01508 470 919

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Best UK Carp Fishing Holidays - Bivvy & Lake Only

The following UK carp fishing venues are some of the best for some rest and relaxation, alongside some great carp fishing, without the need for accommodation.

Sometimes, just you and your bivvy is all you need for the best carp fishing break.

Cottington Lakes - Kent

best uk carp holidays - cottington

Cottington lakes have historically been voted one of the best carp fishing venues in the UK let only one of the best fisheries in Kent. 

The two specimen carp lakes at Cottington are named Pepper & Christine. Both of these lakes are available to book for long sessions or you can book the entire lake for a party of anglers.

At Cottington there are also caravan pitches available alongside some great facilities to ensure your UK Carp holiday is a comfortable one.

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The carp at the Cottington complex are absolutely stunning with some real specimens to go after.

There are plenty of 30s present with a few 40s and the lake record being aptly named "Big Girl" weighing at a whopping 53lb 4oz.

Check out this video on some footage of a session at Cottingtons Pepper lake...

Cottington lakes at a glance:

Location: Sholden,  CT14 0AR

Size:  8 lakes with 2 being specimen lakes

Biggest Carp:  53lb 4oz

Pets Allowed:  No

Tel No: 01304 380 691

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Church Pool Fishery - Gloucestershire

best uk carp breaks - church pool

Church Pool Fishery is a mature, secluded carp venue situated in Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

The lake is available to book for long sessions and as such, have some great facilities on offer.

Firstly there is the anglers outhouse which has kitchen facilities, a fridge freezer, running water and proper toilets.

There is also a social area next to the lake with a BBQ and chimenea available to use as well as some picnic tables close to the water's edge.

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The fish in Church Pool are typical of what you regularly see in Gloucestershire with big, scaly mirror carp, frequenting the bank quite often.

Church pool is more of a specimen venue and typically more suited for more advanced anglers, as it can be quite challenging at times.

The challenging nature though can come with just reward as there are a good number of upper 20lb fish present.

There are also numerous fish over the 30lb mark and 3 known 40s in the lake. The lake record currently stands at 42lb.

best uk carp fishery holidays - church pool
best uk carp fishery holidays - church pool
best uk carp fishery holidays - church pool

Some pictures  from Church Pool

Church Pool Fishery at a glance:

Location:  Cirencester,  GL7 5QJ

Size:  A 4.5 acres lake

Biggest Carp:  42lb

Pets Allowed:  Yes - Dogs

Tel No:  01285 860 783

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Stuffins Pit Carp Pool - Cambridgeshire

best carp holidays UK - Stuffins pit

Stuffins Pit Carp Pool is an exclusive and secluded Private Carp fishing lake for hire near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

The lake's exclusivity makes it an ideal venue for a great UK carp fishing holiday for a group of anglers.

The lake has a small heated touring caravan on-site if you need to seek shelter or make a cup of tea.

There are also BBQ facilities available and a log burner with free logs provided.

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The fish in Stuffins pit go up to over 30lb with a lot of beautiful Common carp present.

With a good head of coarse fish in the lake and the fact that you can even book angling lessons, this venue can be categorised as suitable for both beginners and more experienced anglers alike.

best carp holidays UK - Stuffins pit
best carp holidays UK - Stuffins pit
best carp holidays UK - Stuffins pit

Some pictures  from Stuffins pit

Stuffins Pit at a glance:

Location:  Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Size:  A single small lake

Biggest Carp:  Unknown

Pets Allowed:  No

Tel No:  07722 245 641

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Berners Hall Fishery - Essex

best uk carp fishing holidays - berners

Berners Hall Fishery is a complex of 3 lakes situated in Ongar, Essex.

2 of the 3 lakes are available to book for exclusivity making it an ideal venue for a UK carp fishing holiday.

The largest of the lakes is called 'The Reservoir' and is a decent 24-acre water with a host of underwater features present to test your angling skills to the max.

The use of a bait boat is permitted on the complex making the whole lake accessible.

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The owners refer to the complex as the home of 30s, simply due to the large head of carp present in this weight bracket.

The large lake houses 600 - 700 carp up to 45lb with in excess of 90 being over the magical 30lb mark.

Berners Hall fishery is more of a 'drive and survive' type carp fishing holiday as the venue lacks some of the creature comforts that other venues bring. However, what the venue lacks in facilities more than makes up with quality, big, fish.

Check out the following video of a session at Berners Hall Fishery:

Berners Hall at a glance:

Location:  Ongar, CM5 0TB

Size:  3 lakes largest being 24 acres

Biggest Carp:  45lb

Pets Allowed:  No

Tel No:  01245 231 746

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, you have seen with some of the venues featured in this article, the UK is home to some beautiful lakes and some stunning, monster carp.

As such, quite often there is no need to venture abroad as some of the best carp fishing holidays can be staring you in the face right here in the UK.

We hope you find a great venue for an unforgettable UK carp fishing holiday and catch the fish of your dreams.

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