Frequently Asked Questions

What time can I arrive at the fishery?

The main gate opens at 7am throughout the year, but there is space to wait outside the gate if you want to get there earlier. Please do not leave your car unattended in case of an emergency.

Where is the fishery located?

Our address is Hartley Lands Fishery, Swattenden Lane, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 3PS. We are roughly 8mins from Hawkhurst, 30mins from Tunbridge Wells, 30mins from Maidstone, 35mins from Hastings and 40mins from Ashford.

Are there toilets and a shower on-site?

We have a dedicated block open 24 hours a day with one shower, two male toilets and a disabled/female toilet.

Do you have drinking water on site?

Yes there is an outside tap that is located by the toilet shower block.

Are there any local shops/supermarkets?

Yes. Hartley Dyke Farm Shop is 240 metres away, they sell a huge range of local products, including artisan bread, fruit & veg, meats, game, cheese, patés, dairy, soups, Taywell ice cream, Cook meals, soups, local wine and beers, handmade sandwiches, pasties, pastries, fresh cut flowers and plants, newspapers and more. Hartley Coffee House & Farm Shop is 240 metres away, they open at 8am for a full freshly cooked breakfast and offer a range of pastries, including croissants, pain au chocolat and sausage rolls – all freshly baked in our farm shop bakery next to the Coffee House. All our cakes are made locally and the salads are prepared freshly every day. Home produced ham, sausage rolls and locally sourced quiches are very popular for a light lunch, or enjoy a delicious panini, toastie, sandwich or baguette made with freshly baked bread from our bakery. Co-op supermarket is 1.6miles away, High St, Goudhurst, Cranbrook TN17 3DQ.

Do any takeaways deliver in the area?

Yes. Happy Garden Chinese Takeaway - 01580 755881 Gram Spice - 01580 291485

Are there any local tackle shops?

Kent Tackle is 4.8miles away. Kent Tackle, Hawkhurst Fish Farm, Hastings Road, Hawkhurst, Kent, TN18 4RT. Tackle & Gun is 8.5miles away. Tackle & Gun 3 East Well, Tenterden TN30 6AH. The Friendly Fisherman is 14.2miles away. The Friendly Fisherman 25 Camden Rd, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2PS. Maidstone Angling Centre is 16.8miles away. Maidstone Angling Centre 15 Perryfield St, Maidstone ME14 2SY.

Are dogs allowed on site?

I'm afraid we do not allow dogs onsite even if they are on a lead.

Are litter bins provided?

Yes there are 5 well positioned bins around the complex, please make sure you use them or take your litter home. Anyone found to be littering will be banned.

Do you take credit/debit card?

We only accept credit and debit card over the phone for paying for bookings, it is cash only on the bank.

Can I reserve swims?

Once you have booked onto a lake its first come first serve on swim selection, you can not book individual swims.

Can a friend visit me whilst I'm fishing?

I'm afraid we do not allow non fishing guests, if someone is going to drop stuff off they must do it in the car park. They must not walk around the lake, sit in your swim or use the facilities.

Can I bring a non fishing partner or child for overnight sessions?

Spectators are ONLY allowed on the Specimen Lakes (Nick's, Pear Tree, Henniker and Bramley) for a minimum 24h session and must be aged 7 or over. Spectators will be charged 50% of the person they are spectating, no more than 1 spectator per angler

Can the lake be booked exclusively?

Yes the lakes can be booked exclusively for either private hire or match fishing, but the lake fisherman limit and fishery rules apply. Contact us for prices.

Can anglers under 16 fish in their own swim?

No they must fish in the same swim as their guardian. They must have the correct equipment for the lake they are fishing.

Do you have double swims on the carp lakes?

We do not have double swims as such but the carp lake swims are 4.8 meters wide by 3.3 meters.

Can I surface fish for carp?

Yes surface fishing is permitted but please be mindful of where your loose feed is floating off to. Only one rod can be used at a time when surface fishing.

Can I use a bait boat?

Bait boats are banned on the whole complex.

Can I use a carp cradle?

Yes as long as they meet the minimum required size for the lake you are fishing.

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