One of the premier fishing venues in Norfolk

Barford Lakes near Norwich is one of the most popular places to go fishing in East Anglia. The venue offers great sport for match and pleasure anglers of all abilities – you should catch fish here all year round. The lakes are stocked with a wide range of coarse fish, match weights often go over 200lbs, so make sure that you are ready for an arm busting session.

The main Barford site features the following waters:

Pleasure Lake – a 2.5 acre lake that has matured well over the past 10 years. The carp go towards 20lb and average at around 6lbs. The lake also contains bream to 10lbs, roach to 3lbs and tench to 6lb.

Top Lake – a smaller 15 peg lake which is packed with fish. The fishing on here is great fun in the summer months, the carp go to around 12lbs and average at around 5lbs.

Match Lake – this lake is only used for matches, so there is no pleasure fishing on here. The stocking is very similar to the Top Lake.

Training Lake – there are just 6 pegs on here. The lake is stocked with a good head of smaller fish, so it is a great place for people to start learning about fishing.

The following lakes also make up the rest of the Barford lakes:

Colton Lake – this lake is off the main fishery, located around 5 minutes away in Colton. This 2 acre lake contains a large head of big carp, the match record on here is over 300lbs!

Railway Lake – located in n Thuxton (nr Garvestone) there are 62 pegs on offer here. The lake offers great silverfish sport, along with a chance of hooking into one of the original stock of carp.

Willow Lake – also located in n Thuxton (nr Garvestone) and is the newest of the Barford lakes. The 35 pegs offer the chance to bag on carp between 2-10lbs.

Abbey Waters – this lake is a 25 minute drive from the main fishery, located at Old Buckenham in Norfolk. The lake is stocked with a good mixture of species along with carp that go to around 12lbs.

The main Barford site offers the following facilities:

  • Tackle and baits shop
  • Cafe serving hot and cold food
  • Car parking – close to most pegs
  • Men’s and Women’s toilet block
  • Angling training on the training lake

Main Species at Barford Lakes

  • Bream
  • Carp
  • Perch
  • Roach
  • Tench

Rules and Restrictions

  • Landing nets and mats must be dry
  • Manufactured barbless hooks only, max size 8
  • Two rods max (bite alarms allowed on silent only)
  • No keepnets, dogs, loud radios or floating pole method
  • No elasticated feeders
  • Un-hooking mats must be used – please ensure it is wet when in use
  • Don’t leave a baited rod unattended
  • No Peanuts
  • Groundbait is allowed – 2 kilo limit
  • Barford Lakes Carp Pellets only
  • Please pay before fishing

Day Tickets, Membership and Prices

A day out on the bank at Barford Lakes will cost:

Adults: £8.00
Juniors: £6.00
Beginners Session (training lake only): £2.50

Find out more information

Address: Chapel Street, Barford, Norwich, Norfolk, NR9 4BJ.

Sat Nav Postcode: NR9 4BJ

Barford Lakes Location Map