Cherry Orchard Lane
Gloucestershire GL20 6JH
Tel: 01684 296719
or 07840 579087 (m)
Developed on the site of fields which were previously used to grow cauliflowers, Hillview Lakes now offers a total of five acres of water on an eight acre site which includes an equestrian centre on land adjacent to the pools with its own new indoor arena (see photograph below) and where lessons with a qualified instructor or hacks can be arranged.
The indoor arena is available for hire whilst the riding school makes Hillview Lakes an ideal venue for an angling or horse riding holiday. For further information on the horse riding telephone the fishery 01684 296719. You can also visit the riding school's own website at www.tewkesburyridingschool.co.uk.
Owner Keith Hill dug the first lakes, Moorhen and Heron, in 1990 and started work on Canals One and Two eight years later to cater for the increasing demand for match angling. He dug Canals Three and Four in 2000.
But the work hasn't stopped there, he has completed work on new ladies and gents toilets which are suitable for disabled visitors and has constructed six well-equipped and spacious Scandanavian-style log cabins which are close to Heron and Moorhen lakes.
The cabins will appeal particularly to anglers looking to enjoy an angling break or holiday with the family - or those simply wanting to combine a tour of the Cotswolds or a visit to Cheltenham Races with a bit of fishing and a chance to chill out in comfort.
Another feature is a cafe where breakfasts for match anglers and residents is available and where Keith is developing an expanding range of tackle and baits for purchase at the fishery.
In addition, the fishery has a spacious cafeteria and bar area (right) which is used for functions and when the fishery is busy. There is also Huggy's Tackle Shop which sells a wide range of gear and baits. Huggy's can be contacted on 07891 134717.
Because Hillview Lakes is well-established it is often busy at weekends, and even attracts regular visits from well-known anglers such as Lee Richards, Neville Groves, Andy Newton and Leslie Seabright.
However, it is just as popular with inexperienced anglers and novices as well as families looking for a pleasant day out by the waterside where they can be sure of catching plenty of fish.
Pleasure anglers and those after the bigger carp will probably opt to fish Moorhen or Heron lakes, both of which are rectangular in shape with central islands. Moorhen has plenty of bankside vegetation with yellow irises which flower in late spring whilst both have other clumps which provide cover - useful for those who want to fish close in by the side where the fish patrol in summer.
Many pegs on the fishery are also suitable for disabled anglers who should drive to the far end of the car park where they can leave their vehicles on the same level as the lakes. Although the Canals will be more of a struggle for disabled anglers to reach, they should be able to find plenty of suitable pegs on Moorhen and Heron.
For those looking to enjoy a short break or angling holiday at Hillview, the chalets come in two types - Swan and Kingfisher. Both are built to the same high standard with Swan designed to sleep six and Kingfisher to sleep four. Click here for more details on these spacious and well-equipped modern chalets.
A change to Hillview Lakes' bait policy, the regulations covering the use of pellets has been relaxed with anglers able to use coarse fish feeder pellets bought on site and their own soft-hooker pellets.
Another recent feature at Hillview Lkes is Huggy's (left), the on-site tackle shop which sells a wide range of fishing tackle.
As a general rule there are no particular snags when fishing the lakes at Hillview. However, anglers fishing near the aerators should remember that the fish know where the electric cables run to the bottom and that, once hooked, they will invartiably try to swim round them to snag anglers' lines and get free.
Hillview Lakes is also a good match venue with the fishery record currently standing at 400lbs, set by Winchcombe's Andy Bruton who fished sweetcorn over pellet from Peg 22 on Heron. Andy netted 50lbs of silver fish and 350lbs of mixed carp. As if this wasn't enough, the following nine anglers all had weights over 300lbs!
In summer, Hillview holds regular mid-week Open Matches on Tuesdays and Wednesdays when the draw is taken at 4.00pm with fishing from 5.00pm until 8.00pm and on Tuesdays when the draw taken at 2.00pm with fishing from 3.00pm until 6.00pm. There are also five-hour weekend matches every Saturday where 300lb winning catches are not uncommon.
Anglers can keep up to date with what's happening at Hillview Lakes by following their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/HillviewLakesFishing.