Please note: WAA members may now only access the northern-most of the two lakes. The larger lake next to the car park is now a specimen lake and reserved for members of Earl of Harrington Angling Club only.
We have a reciprocal agreement with the Earl of Harrington club that allows our members to fish their other lake, and they can fish our stretch of river.
Location and Access
The lakes are located off Halsam's Lane, at Darley Abbey, just north of Derby. The entrance track is opposite Folly Road, which is adjacent to Derby Rugby Club on Haslam's Lane. Access to the lakes and river is for members only (no day tickets). A WAA key will be needed to open the two gates, and these must be kept shut. There is a fenced designated car park provided right next to the main lake. The field around the lake is full of sheep, and there are also lots of geese here, so sensible footwear is advised.
WAA members may fish the smaller lake, which is a short walk north from the car park, situated within the long loop of the river Derwent. It features a large island and some lily pad beds. Stocks are not currently known due to a lack of catch reports, but it is reportedly good for tench fishing.
Please note this fishery belongs to Earl of Harrington AC, and their rules apply. Check for notices at the fishery.
Click on the image below for a large map (from WAA map book)