Fishing for health 

Fishing is a great way to get outside in the fresh air and get a bit of exercise, learn or practice a skill, or spend time with your family and friends. 

In fact here are the The Canal and River Trusts top 7 reasons why fishing is good for you!

So if you are looking for somewhere to go fishing in North West Leicestershire then here are a few places: *Don't forget you need a fishing licence, you can only fish in season and after obatiaing permission to do so, and you may need tp purhcase a day ticket or membership.

Snibston Country Park -

There are two fishing lakes at the Grange Nature Reserve with a total of 40 fishing pegs, some with facilities for anglers with disabilities. Both lakes are stocked with a variety of fish. Day tickets can be purchased. Further information on fishing at Snibston can be found on Leicestershire County Council website. 

Shortheath Fishery -

Shortheath fishery is a well stocked 26 peg lake. Carp (up to 20lb) mainly other course fish. Disabled pegs available. Lakeside licensed tearoom and Lakeview Lodges self-catering accommodation on site. 3 miles from M42/Ashby de la Zouch.
Opening times: Summer 6am - 9pm. Winter dawn until dusk. Admission charge applies.

Refreshments available in the Tea Room.  See website for opening times.

Shortheath Water
Shortheath Road
Derbyshire DE12 6BN
Tel: 01283 763777

Moria furnace – Fishing on canal

Fishing is possible along the entire length of the canal on the opposite bank to the towpath so as to avoid fishing tackle being placed in the way of walkers.

Fishing tickets are available from the museum shop or Furnace office or purchase an annual season ticket.

The fish that are in the canal are bream, roach and tench.

Matches - We can cope with several matches at once if they are situated in different areas as there is plenty of room along the bank. Please phone 01283 224667 or 07976 637858 for booking enquiries.

See Moira Furnace website for further details. 

Staunton Harold Reserve

Staunton Harold Reserve is a 209 acre reservoir operated by Severn Trent Water. Visitors are welcome and footpaths provide a link with the nearby Calke Abbey Park. The visitor centre includes an information room with exhibitions, a picnic area and refreshment kiosk which is open in the summer. The reservoir also includes two nature reserves, coarse fishing and the Staunton Harold Sailing Club. Has an events programme and features a large adventure play area.

Opening times: April - Oct - board shows exact times on daily basis Nov - Mar. 

Admission: Free. Visitor Centre car park charge.

Disabled visitors: Most areas accessible, site map, including refreshment area, specially adapted toilets and parking area.

Calke Road,


Derbyshire DE73 8DN Tel: 01332 865081

Thornton Reservoir

Thornton Reservoir is a small Severn Trent Water reservoir with a flat level perimeter track giving 2.7 mile walk. There is a small sculpture trail and woodland as well as a game fishery. Small information room, exhibition and fishing lodge on the edge of the reservoir (sited on wooden decking with a rail). The reservoir is especially suitable for people with disabilities and includes some wheelchair access to the woodland. Small car park. Weekday visits best.

Opening times: The site is open every day from dawn until dusk apart from Christmas Day.

Admission: Free.

Disabled visitors: All areas accessible, except parts of woodland, specially adapted toilets and parking area.

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Located on Reservoir Road, Thornton

Thornton Reservoir Tel: 01332 865081

Last updated: Mon 22 July, 2019 @ 11:57