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Taking it easy at Watersmeet Angling CentreWatersmeet Angling Centre

Ledbury Road
Hartpury
Gloucestershire
GL19 3BT


Tel: 01452 700358
E-mail: watersmeetmotel@btinternet.com



Watersmeet introduces Day Tickets for anglers

After more than 10 years of being a 'residents only' fishery, Watersmeet has reintroduced day ticket angling on its three waters.

Adult day tickets cost £8.00 and Junior day tickets for anglers aged 14 and under cost £5.00. Non-residents wishing to fish should book in advance by telephoning 01452 700358 as priority is given to resident anglers.

Relax at the banksideSituated on a 10-acre wooded site in delightful countryside on the main Gloucester to Ledbury road only 10 minutes from the M50, Watersmeet is a great haunt for anglers or for those who fancy a break which combines angling with sightseeing, shopping or just a quite few days away from it all.

Owned and run by the same family for nearly 45 years, current owners Tom and Gail Ring took over Watersmeet from Tom's father over 20 years ago and in recent years have made a range of improvements to the accommodation and fishing.

One of the double rooms in the new accommodationThe improvements include the addition or refurbishment of 15 new rooms overlooking either the main lake or gardens which means that all 19 rooms now offer en-suite bathrooms with showers and toilets, colour TV and tea and coffee making facilities. Some are so close to the waterside that you could fish from your window... no long treks to your swim or for a beer!

The double rooms are ideal either for couples or families looking for a break which combines the best of all worlds - a pleasant country inn, decent food, a friendly atmosphere in which to relax and the opportunity to get stuck into some big fish.

Relax when the weather's goodThe main accommodation is set around a patio and garden area at the rear of the inn (below left) which on sunny days is an ideal spot to relax with a drink and unwind. With a short frontage to Main Pool, you can even get a bit of fishing in at the same time!

Open all-year round with barbecues in the lakeside garden in summer, Watersmeet welcomes families, clubs, groups and pets. All prices quoted include accommodation and fishing.

Relaxing at WatersmeetWeekend breaks - comprising two nights' accommodation and three days' fishing - costs just £75.00 whilst a Midweek Break of four nights' accommodation and five days fishing costs £139.00. Prices are per person based on two sharing a room. Those wishing to stay over for a third night at weekends will be charged only £30 extra for the Sunday night. Breakfasts are available for all residents at the adjacent pub.

Prices for shorter stays in the new accommodation range from £75.00 per night per room for standard rooms and £89.00 per night for the four-poster and de-luxe rooms.

That's the life!Overnight stays are available in the new accommodation at Watersmeet at a price of £45.00 for single rooms and £85.00 for a Family Room.

A further new addition is a five bed 'dormitory' room with bathroom aimed at groups of anglers. Ideal for use as a base when fishing Watersmeet, the room offers a welcome change from a bivvie and costs just £30.00 per night per person for four or more anglers sharing.

There's plenty of bankside cover at WatersmeetFor more photographs of the new accommodation, please Click Here.

Although angling at Watersmeet is available on day-ticket by pre-booking, residents take priority and are even allowed to night-fishing. Most of the pegs are suitable for disabled anglers as the site is on one level.

An added attraction at Watersmeet is that adjacent to the fishery is a traditional oak-beamed country freehouse pub with real ales and guest beers and a separate restaurant which serves home-cooked food. The pub is available for residents who require breakfast.


2018 Day Ticket costs

Adults
OAPs and juniors aged 14 and under
Day Ticket
£8.00 (max two rods)
£5.00 (max two rods)



View from the far end of Main PoolMain Pool

Although the three tree-lined pools were originally worked as clay pits, each has its own individual character with plenty of space for anglers.

An aeration system helps to maintain oxygen levels in prolonged sunny dry spells whilst a recirculating system ensures each pool receives a constant supply of fresh water.

Fishing near the far end of Main PoolMain Pool, at two acres in size, is the largest of the three and is well-known locally for its large head of double-figure carp - up to 30lbs. It has also been a renowned tench water for many years with the largest verified specimen currently standing at 9lbs 8oz.

Recent decent sized fish include a 28lb fully scaled mirror taken on a hair-rigged Scopex boilie at the top end of the lake and a 24lbs mirror taken on squid flavour boilie.

Add to this pike over 20lbs, roach to 1lb 8oz and rudd which provide plenty of sport on the surface when the bigger fish aren't feeding, and you can be reasonably sure of having a decent day.

A nice 13lb common from Main PoolThe water holds about 25 comfortable pegs and work is currently underway increasing the number of staged swims to cater more for disabled anglers and give all visitors more comfort.

A nice feature of Main Pool is that the pegs are separated from each other by lush vegetation so, unless you choose one of the double pegs, you rarely see other anglers when fishing.

Deepest off the Hotel bank where it is just over six feet, the lake bed shelves gradually along its length to the far end where it averages three feet. This makes the water ideal for fishing the rod.

A peg half way down Main PoolBoilies fished on the bottom are the most commonly used bait for the carp whilst early in the season floating crust is also very effective.

Stalking the carp can also give good results with many of the larger specimens being taken after anglers have dropped their bait into a mass of bubbles rising to the surface.

As with many waters, a lot of fish are taken in the margins, particularly near the overhanging trees where the fish find shelter.



A sheltered spot on Tench PoolTench Pool

Holding mainly tench and bream to just over 10lbs, plus a good head of small carp, Tench Pool is surrounded by lush vegetation and trees and could have come straight out of the pages of Izaak Walton.

Just under an acre in size, the pool is irregularly shaped and has a fairly even depth of between three and four feet and provides excellent sport.

Another nice peg on Tench PoolThe water was stocked with about 4,000 roach and rudd in 2001and these are now coming on form, providing ideal sport for the pole, although those going for the bigger tench may prefer to stay with the rod.

Because of its unform depth, anglers are just as likely to catch whichever peg they choose. As the pool is shallow, it reacts quickly to changes in temperatue and is best fished with the float.

Most popular techniques for the large tench and bream are those straight from the text-books, fishing on the bottom with bread, maggots, casters, worm or sweetcorn all being extremely effective. Other baits such as cheese and pastes also work well on their day.



Front PoolFront Pool

Although the smallest of the three Watersmeet pools, at between eight and 10 feet deep Front Pool is by far the deepest.

Developed as a general fishery, Front Pool contains carp into double figures, some good tench and bream as well as a good head of roach and rudd.

Front PoolRegarded by Tom Ring as the easiest of the three pools to fish, he says it is particularly suited to fishing the sliding float on the rod although the favoured technique is to fish the ledge which runs about three feet out from the bank where the depth is about three-and-a-half feet before the banks shelves steeply to the bottom.

His other tip is not to fish too light. "A lot of carp tend to be caught on the shelf whereas the tench and bream stay more in the deep water.

However, fish hooked on the ledge tend to bolt for the snags and the banks so it pays to turn them as quickly as you can," he said.


Watersmeet now has its own website where you can keep up to date with latest developments at the venue. To be found at www.hartpurycountryinn.co.uk, the site will shortly include details of latest offers on accommodation and news about the fishing.

How to get to there...

Only an hour from Birmingham and two hours from London, Watersmeet can be found on the main A417 Gloucester to Ledbury road at Hartpury.

Anglers travelling from the North or Midlands will find it easiest to take the M5 and then Junction 2 off the M50. Heading south towards Gloucester, Watersmeet is about 10-15 minutes down this road on the right.

Those approaching from the South or from London along the M4 should take the M5 northwards and come off at Junction 12 or 11a. Take the Ring Road around Gloucester, heading north west on the A417. Watersmeet is on the left five miles out of Gloucester. Click on the map for greater detail.


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