Trout at Thornwood Springs Fishery, Epping.

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Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery - fine trout, fine days and great company.

Thornwood Springs are spring-fed trout lakes for exclusive fly fishing on crystal clear water. Fish for rainbow and brown trout. Day and season tickets available and instruction can be arranged. Easy catch/keep area and release option. Fish from 1.5 to 20lbs.

Tackle can be hired or purchased at the tackle shop where a wide range of tackle is on sale. Events are also run during the year.

The complex of lakes and pools are suitable for stalking due to the clarity. The lake beds are gravel clay, sand and chalk mix so cover a wide range of insect life and hatches. Mayfly, damsels, buzzers, sedges etc from the lake and huge terrestrial hatches from the surrounding land and hedgerows with the hawthorn fly hatch being particularly memorable. Suiting the traditional fly fisherman as such a varied insect life abounds and dry fly was in the catch book for eleven months last year!

The lakes are stocked weekly with hard fighting fin perfect rainbow and brown trout well into double figures. The setting is open countryside adjacent to Epping Forest and is magnet for all types of wildlife and birds with an abundance of birds of prey. All lakes are highly featured and offer a variety of depths down to 23 feet so summer fishing is still good due to the highly oxygenated crystal clear spring water. The fish also taste great due to the chalk bed and springs.

Guide Prices

Parent and child can share a ticket. Please refer to website for ticket types and prices.



  • Disabled Parking
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors


  • BBQs for visitors use
  • Catering for groups - By prior arrangement.
  • Outdoor eating area
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments Available
  • Vending Facilities - Free tea/coffee for those fishing.

Children & Infants

  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome - Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Establishment Features

  • Club house
  • Garden / Grounds for visitors use
  • Groups by arrangement
  • Groups welcome
  • LGBT Friendly
  • Open all year round
  • Open Christmas
  • Open New Year
  • Open on bank holidays
  • Stag and hen parties welcome
  • Team / Corporate Activities
  • Toilets

Leisure Facilities

  • Private fishing rights - For day ticket use.

Parking & Transport

  • Free parking
  • Off-road parking
  • On Site Car Parking
  • Parking (free)
  • Railway station within 5 miles - Epping Station on the Central Line 1.5 miles away.
  • Railway station within walking distance - Epping Station 1.5 miles away.
  • Secure cycle parking

Payment Methods

  • Delta
  • Maestro
  • MasterCard
  • Max group size - Groups from 4 to 20 can be arranged for fishing instruction.
  • Special group rates
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Countryside Setting
  • Forest Location - Next to South Forest.
  • In countryside - Rolling Fields backdrop.
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Smoking Areas Available

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Children - Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given - Fly casting lessons for the whole family.
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Just north of Epping Town, Thornwood is the first village as you head towards Harlow/M11 junction.

From junction 7 on the M11, head towards Epping. One mile from the junction, Carpenters Arms Lanes is on the right opposite the speed camera!

Thornwood Springs is also close to junction 26 on the M25. Follow the signs to Epping / Harlow.

Public Transport Directions

Only 1.5 miles from Epping Station on the Central Line. Taxis and buses available at the station.

Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery


Carpenters Arms Lane, Thornwood, Epping, CM16 6LR

Tel: 07588 669255

Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year

* Open all year 8am till dark.

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