A stunning venue... especially when you get on the bream

There are two lakes at Hardwick Hall, the Great Pond and Miller’s Pond. The lakes are on the Hardwick Estate and are close to J29 of the M1. Unlike a commercial which was probably dug out sometime in the past 10 years, these lakes date back over 200 years!

The lakes are not as deep as you’d expect. The deeper sections can be found around the dam walls. Tactics wise, adjust your approach to the time of year, but be confident. There are some big bream in here and if you want to catch them you need to make sure you won’t be plagued by bits – you also need to fish with tackle that can get them on the bank.

If you like dogs, this could be the perfect fishing venue. The footpaths are very popular with dog walkers, you will see dogs of all shapes and sizes skipping past.

Main Species at Hardwick Hall

  • Bream
  • Perch
  • Roach
  • Tench
  • Pike

Day Tickets, Membership and Prices

The day tickets at Hardwick Hall are priced at £5 – they are available on the bank. If you go fishing then you don’t need to pay for car parking.

Find out more information

Address: Unnamed Road, Off Mill Lane, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 5QJ.


The lake at Hardwick can be hard to find on your first trip. Head along Mill Lane towards the Hardwick Inn pub. If you pass the turning for the pub on the right, it’s the next right turn. If you pass the pub on the left, turn round and head back.

Sat Nav Postcode: S44 5QJ

Hardwick Hall Location Map