There are those who love nothing better than sitting by the side of a lake with a fishing rod poised at the ready on a sunny day.
But how do you square that with the rest of the family who want to get away to new or favourite locations? Simple – choose a caravan site where there’s plenty of fishing on offer.
Below, the team at Safeguard have listed their top 8 fishing caravan sites that you’ll fall for hook, line and sinker.
Thornbury Holiday Park
Fishing facilities:Now open
Caravan site: Open from 4th July 2020
Situated around four miles from the picturesque market town of Holsworthy, on the border between Devon and Cornwall, this site has two fishing lakes which have been established for approximately 20 years. Both are fully stocked with carp, specimen carp, tench, bream and other coarse fish. You’re free to fish from dusk till dawn on both beautiful lakes, plus, fishing is complimentary for all guests staying in lodges and cottages — other guests will be charged a modest £8.00 for the full day.
On-site is a well-stocked licenced bar serving snacks. Around 30 minutes' drive away is the wonderful seaside town Bude, which is a must-visit place.
Waldegraves Holiday Park
Caravan site: Open from 6th July 2020
On Mersea Island, and around a 20-minute drive from Colchester, this is a lively holiday park with facilities to please the whole family. There is top quality live entertainment throughout the year in the Wheatsheaf Clubhouse, together with the Granary Bar and Restaurant. Motorhomes and caravans are provided hard standing pitches.
The lakes are well stocked here with a good head of carp averaging 6-10lb, there are some doubles too with the largest known fish currently 22lb.
There is also a variety of other species including the resident sturgeons Bob and George, bream, tench, roach, rudd, perch and gudgeon. The lakes have recently undergone improvements with new swims added, it also has a handy bait and tackle shop on site to take all the hassle out of things so you can spend more time on the bank. If you're blanking on the lakes, try your hand at sea fishing which is available on the beach.
Caistor Lakes Leisure Park
Fishing facilities: Now open from 8 am daily
Caravan site: Open from 5th July 2020
Situated off the A46 in Lincolnshire, this adults-only award-winning site offers three well-stocked fishing lakes.
The specimen carp lake holds two fifties, the record being 51lb 12 oz. The specimen lake was recently stocked in 2016 with 62 carp from 17lbs to over 51lb and, at just 1.5 acres in size, hooking a monster here feels more achievable than fishing a vast reservoir.
With one of the best night fishing setups we've come across built into every peg is low lighting, twin socket power supply and inbuilt LED light for landing the big one without the need for a head torch.
If carp fishing is not your thing then try the Leisure lake, which holds a variety of course species namely: ide, bream, tench, barbel, carp, ghost carp, crucian carp, perch, chub, roach and gudgeon or alternatively there is also a match lake where the site organises regular match fishing competitions.
The site has top-quality amenities, too. There’s a wealth of access paths that are fully gravelled, making them suitable for disabled visitors. When the action is over you can enjoy the site's other facilities, including a restaurant, a bar, a grocery shop and free Wi-Fi access across the site.
But the biggest sell of all? Caistor Lakes has recently introduced a ‘Lakeaway’ service, delivering food directly to you while you fish. Bliss.
The Oaks Lakes
Fishing facilities: Now open (leisure and match fishing available)
Caravan site:Open from 3-6th july 2020
Just off the A19 between Easingwold and Thirsk and close to the delightful village of Sessay, this adults-only site houses 10 coarse fishing lakes in total with three of them being purpose-built for match fishing. Hard gravel roads around the lakes make for easy access. Just waiting for you to drop them a line are carp, tench, bream, roach, rudd, gudgeon, perch, barbel, ide, crucian, carp, golden tench and golden orfe.
Most lakes are aimed at the pleasure angler and have a mixed array of fish to target but there is a specimen lake called the 'Willows' which hold carp to 25lb, ghost carp to 26lb and commons/mirrors to 28lb. Floating baits are allowed on this lake, with boilies being used by the majority of the anglers targeting carp.
There is a handy tackle shop onsite as well as a café serving all manner of hot foods throughout the day.
Sandwich Ash Roadbr
Fishing facilities: Day fishing now available (7 am — 7 pm).
Caravan site:Open from 4th July 2020
Just off the A256, and not more than six miles from Deal and Ramsgate, this fishery consists of six lakes stocked with a large range of coarse fish. Common and mirror carp run big to 35lb, catch a whopper of a perch that go to 4lb 2oz, also find bream, roach, rudd and the lovely tench.
The Victory Lake which is approximately two acres in size provides a rare opportunity to catch a ghost carp. Night fishing and lessons can also be arranged.
There is an onsite café which offers hot and cold food and drinks as well as housing a well-stocked tackle shop. You can even hire rods if you need some extra equipment for your day of angling.
Thurston Manor Leisure Park
Caravan site: Open from 17th July 2020
Thurston Manor Leisure Park is situated only an hour's drive from Edinburgh at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills and near the famous East Lothian coastline. Fly-fishing is available from the park's own lake which offers a tranquil location to catch your first rainbow trout on the fly. If you're new to fly fishing and want to try your hand at it you can hire equipment and a permit to allow you to catch and keep up to three fish.
When the action is over there is plenty on-site to keep the family happy including a lounge bar, restaurant and shop. Facilities also include a heated pool, sauna and steam room, plus a well-equipped fitness centre. Caravans and motorhomes are catered for on hard-standing pitches.
Loch Ken Holiday Park
Caravan site: Open from July 18th 2020
Loch Ken offers coarse fishing and some game fishing with beautiful views. The loch is mostly renowned for its sizeable pike, roach, perch and bream — in fact, one look on the website gives an indication of the specimen pike on offer.
You’ll be fully taken care of during your stay, with a coffee bar serving hot and cold food and a grocery shop available on-site, along with free Wi-Fi. There is a selection of children's activities available including a kids club in high season, a football pitch, table tennis, play parks and swings — the site is dog-friendly too, so your furry friends can join you. Caravans and motorhomes are catered for on hard-standing pitches.
High Farm Holiday Park
Caravan site: Open from 4th July 2020 for lodges (12th September if towing your own caravan)
You will find High Farm Holiday Park close to the town of Beverley, on the A1035. The site is set in 140 acres of tranquil park and woodlands in the Yorkshire Wolds, just a short drive from the famous Yorkshire coast. With a large two-acre fishing lake on-site, you’ll find plenty of carp, tench, perch and roach just waiting to be caught.
There’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained, with a bowling green, a children’s play area to keep the little ones entertained and a dog-friendly location that offers plenty of space to exercise your four-legged friends. Caravans and motorhomes are fully catered for thanks to hardstandings with power hook ups, washrooms and cleaning facilities.