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Pridewood Hops

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Pridewood Hops


Pridewood Hops

Pridewood Farm


near Ledbury



Tel: 01531 670416

E-mail: julia@pridewoodbandb.co.uk


The day ticket fishing lake and Three Star 'Enjoy England' B&B
accommodation at Pridewood Farm are part of a 500-acre arable, hop and
cider apple farm in the heart of beautiful Herefordshire countryside
just five miles from the ancient market town of Ledbury and 12 miles
from Hereford.

The history of the lake and house is unknown but both are shown on an
1846 map of the area. Whilst the exterior suggests Georgian origins,
some of the interior is of half timbered black and white construction
which indicates that parts of the farmhouse are of a much earlier date.

The original half-moon shaped lake was extended to its current size about
20 years ago and today offers day ticket fishing from well maintained
grass banks.

Visiting anglers can park their vehicles either in the farm yard or at
the end of the track which leads to the lake. The flat and even grass
banks around the lake also makes Pridewood Hops suitable for disabled
anglers, who are allowed to park their vehicles behind their pegs when
the weather and ground conditions permit.

Although the lake at Pridewood Hops is popular with locals it can rarely be
described as busy - despite the fact that it is known to hold common and
mirror carp to just under 30lbs.

The lake is also home to a good number of crucian carp, good sized roach
which are regularly caught to 2lbs with one angler even reported to
have captured one over 3lbs, some bream and tench and even a pike
(pictured left) which was weighed at 28lbs when last caught.

An ideal base for anglers to explore some of the fantastic fishing which
can be had not only in Pridewood Hops' own lake but also the many lakes,
pools and rivers nearby, the B&B offers clean and comfortable
accommodation in two rooms - a spacious double room with en-suite
walk-in shower and a similar sized twin room with en-suite bathroom. The
double room has views across the grassed lawn area and field down to
the willow-clad lake.

Both rooms have a television with Freeview and tea and coffee making
facilities whilst the farm is just a short drive from a variety of
delightful pubs, restaurants and cafes.

Outside there is a large walled garden (right) where guests can relax whilst in
summer the farmhouse even has its own grassed tennis court which can be
set up for guests. Alternatively, for those who enjoy something a bit
more relaxing, guests can relax with a drink and play snooker or
billiards on the full-sized snooker table.

Accommodation prices range from £40.00 per person per night for two
people sharing, although the daily rate reduces according to the length
of stay coming down to £30.00 per person per night for stays of five
nights or more. Prices include a hearty full English farmhouse breakfast
which is made from as much local produce as possible and is served at a
convenient time for guests.

The Bed and Breakfast accommodation at Pridewood Farm

In addition to the angling, Pridewood Farm offers bed and breakfast accommodation in two
rooms in the main farmhouse. The accommodation has been awarded a
three-star rating by Enjoy England. Anglers who stay in the
accommodation enjoy free fishing on Pridewood's attractive and
well-stocked lake.

2014 day ticket costs and opening times

Adults Juniors under 16 £6.00 (one rod) or £7.00 (two rods) £3.00 (one rod) or £4.00 (two rods)

Fishing at Pridewood Hops is from dawn until dusk. Anglers
should start fishing - day ticket fees will be collected on the bank.
Juniors under 16 must be accompanied.


Pridewood Hops Lake

Described by locals who fish it as a typical Herefordshire pool because,
despite being about three-quarters of an acre in size, it is only three
to four feet deep, Pridewood Hops is an out-and-out pleaure venue which
does not cater for matches.

The fact that there are no bait bans and the only rules being that
landing nets must be clean and dry before use and that keepnets are not
allowed go to make Pridewood Hops an informal fishery where anglers can
relax and enjoy a session either on their own or with family.

Because there are no designated pegs anglers can fish from wherever they want
on the bank. All that is asked is that they leave their pegs clean and
tidy and that they take their litter home with them.

The lake has well maintained grass banks and two islands, one of which
is capped by a large attractive weeping willow tree. There is also dense
thicket of shrubs at the entrance end. This, together with the islands,
all make great features to fish near - although anglers are warned that
if they fish too close to them hooked fish will bolt for the roots
making it vital that they are turned towards open water as soon as they

Because the lake is fed by an underground stream water levels remain fairly
consistent throughout the year. The constant supply of fresh water and
the fact that the lake is not over fished ensures that the fish remain
in tip-top condition and are a delight to catch whilst the steady flow
of water helps reduce freezing in colder winter weather.

One of the main attractions of the lake at Pridewood Hops are the common
and mirror carp, the largest of which was weighed and witnessed at
28lbs when it was caught in 2012. Although there are obviously smaller
fish in the lake, the average size of the carp is around the 10lb to
12lb mark with a good smattering of bigger fish.

Anglers targeting the carp can use a wide variety of methods from traditional
to modern carping techniques with popular baits being boilies or 10mm to
16mm marine halibut pellets hair-rigged on Size 8 or 10 hooks to at
least a 10lb line. These are best fished over a bed of feeder pellets or
in a pva bag stuffed with loose offerings.

Bread is also a good bait fished either on the surface or on the bottom whilst dog biscuits are another popular floating bait.

Although sweetcorn is a favoured bait for carp on many waters, at Pridewood Hops
it tends to attract the roach making it a good bait for those after the
silver fish. Also popular baits for general fishing are bread, paste,
pieces of luncheon meat and casters, although fishing with maggots can
attract nuisance fish.

Whilst pole and waggler both work well, anglers can't reach the larger
of the two islands with the pole. This, however, is not a problem as
fish can be attracted into a swim anywhere in the lake. When the lake is
quiet many big fish are also taken by anglers fishing close in to the

Although fish can be taken from anywhere in the lake, popular pegs tend to be
those which give access to the two islands, the shrubs which run into
the water at the entrance end and fishing towards or by the outlet at
the far end of the lake from the entrance.

However, wherever you chose to fish Pridewood Hops tends to be one of
those waters where anything goes - so if you are not catching don't be
afraid to experiment with different baits or techniques.


Visit Pridewood Hops on the Net

Pridewood Hops has a website
with information and photographs on different aspects of the venue
including the B&B facilities, the fishing and attractions worth
visiting in the area.

The site can be found at www.pridewoodbandb.co.uk.

How to get there...


Pridewood Farm is about three miles from Ledbury and 12 from Hereford and can be
found off the A417 just south of the village of Ashperton. Entering the
postcode HR8 2SF on Google Maps or SatNavs will take you straight to the
fishery. On turning into the entrance continue up the long drive
towards the farmhouse and you will see signs directing you to the lake,
which can be found at the end of the track which runs around the main
farm buildings. Click on the map for more detail.

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