Fishing Holidays & Fishing Breaks In The UK

Here at Docklow Fishing Holidays we are here to welcome you all to our wonderful fishing pools, fishing lakes, holiday cottage accommodation and facilities that will make your fishing breaks and fishing holidays in the UK a memorable experience this year! How many fisheries in the UK can boast all this?

What we offer you for fishing holidays and fishing breaks at Docklow Pools is:

  • We’ve been established since 1972, so possibly the oldest commercial fishery in the UK. Certainly the prettiest and most picturesque place for fishing holidays and fishing breaks in the UK. We’re set in 110 acres of splendid rural countryside. Beautiful surroundings, fantastic scenery, fresh air, relaxation the delights of Herefordshire
  • Eight established fishing lakes and fishing pools stocked with Common & Mirror carp, Roach, Crucians, Grass carp, Ide, Barbel, Rudd, Tench, F1’s, Hybreds, Bream, Catfish,  PLUS a unique Canal/Snake, a 60 peg pole anglers dream.
  • Fishing holidays and fishing breaks with cottage accommodation of the highest quality set in beautiful Herefordshire landscape.
  • Docklow Welcome Video (This will give you a real taste of what we are about…)  


  • Accommodation is easily described under either “Premier or Traditional properties” 
  • Traditional Bar and Restaurant in the 17th Century Farmhouse, boasting lots of character and log fires on site
  • Adults only – Residents over 18 years old
  • Farm house Bed and Breakfast available in 17th Century Building.
  • Saturday to Saturday holidays all year around but mostly from March to October.
  • Short breaks available for 3 nights min on certain properties – see short break page
  • Tennis Hard Court, Pool/snooker room, amateur “Pitch and putt”
  • Secure storage fishing tackle lock up for all guests. 
  • Over a mile private stretch on the beautiful River Teme near the market town of Tenbury and two stretches on the River Wye near north and south of Hereford! Private to Docklow anglers only
  • 2014 fishing holidays and fishing breaks prices have been frozen from 2013 including fishing and memberships
  • The majority of our visitors on fishing holidays and fishing breaks are year after year regulars.
  • Winter leases – From November to March
  • Herefordshire’s biggest tackle centre – Call 01568760 544 (Separate business to us at Docklow Pools)
  • Caravan pitches available on permanent basis (presently sold out. Waiting list applies)
  • and of course Fishing Fun!
  • Matches – 3 Open matches (Thursday, Saturday & Sunday) 52 weeks a year – Residents match Tuesday weekly
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You don’t have to be an angler, in fact we encourage couples of all ages to come and enjoy their holiday in our beautiful Herefordshire setting. From sunrise to sunset you will always find something new to discover at Docklow Pools. We are a family owned and run business with over 95% of holiday makers (anglers or not!) returning to stay with us year after year. We have eight well-established fishing pools and fishing lakes, all very picturesque and mature. The largest lake being 7 acres, with some fantastic carp and catfish fishing. The canal or snake as it has become to be known is a pole man’s dream, varying from 9 – 14 metres and stocked with Barbel, Chub, Carp, Tench, Bream and Rudd. . . .in fact an fishing heaven! All the information contained within this site has been put together with honesty and integrity that we hope will encourage you to want to come along and spend some time with us on one of our fantastic UK fishing holidays. Remember you don’t have to be an angler. . .but if you are. . .fishing is fun at Docklow Pools!

We look forward to welcoming you on your arrival.

Map of the Docklow Pools site – 2014

Not our words, but the words of guests, customers and ultimately friends of Docklow Pools who’ve been involved with our business since 1972 *********************************

Our second home. Thanks for the last 30 years – Brian & Brenda Cook
I would however, like to pay a small tribute to Mike and Josie…………… ” I have met many interesting people over my 50 years on this earth. Academics, highly driven entrepreneurs, charismatic characters etc. All of whom seem naturally born to become successful in whatever field they turn their hand to, and all done in a blaze of glory in the public spotlight. You then have my favourite group of people, the “visionaries”. People that have the foresight to imagine things that live only in the dreams of others but have the courage and conviction to make them a reality. Lovely people like Mike and Josie. They never boast or brag, they are welcoming and engaging to talk to and yet behind them both is the backdrop of Docklow Pools. An Anglers oasis unmatched in its beauty or facilities. A paradise born from a run down farm.” Even after 40 years the Docklow “project” continues to evolve with continued input form the two “heirs apparent”. Congratulations to Mike and Josie for your 40 years celebration and congratulations to the whole Bozward family for creating DOCKLOW POOLS. Kind regards Gary Picken, Fosters of Birmingham angling
40 years is a great achievement and it is good to be a member of such a good place to be part of and fish at. Thanks again – Dave Grace, Hereford
Hi Mike, Josie, Simon and Jog
Hope you are all well and the weather not hampered your business too greatly?
Firstly thank you for the very nice “sporting calendar” – some very nice “bird” shots!!
Secondly congratulations celebrating 40 years at Docklow, from an old farm with a few boggy fields to probably the UK’s premier fishery is a fantastic achievement and one you and the team should be very proud of.
I am sure you’ll celebrate in style and there will be a wealth of stories bounded around the Bar about the events of the past 40 years!
A fantastic milestone, well done,
A young couple with a dream and made it come true.  So many memories, I have admired you both through the years.   Joan & Robert Richardson. Essex
A stunning achievement still leaving everyone behind.  Love Peggy Pattinson. Grimsby
To Josie & Mike,  This must be the first letter I have wrote for more than 25 years, but I had to write to you to thank you so much and Jonathan and Simon
for making my last 14 years holidays at Docklow very special, and someting to look forward to all through the winter.
Thanks for the wonderful times.   Love Malcolm Hodge Alias Stan Hertfordshire
Congratulations on your 40th anniversary. Every holiday I’ve had at DOCKLOW I’ve thought it couldn’t get any better,but it does.thats why we all keep coming back year after year.
Just one small complaint, Josie promise you will stop swiping me with the tea towel when I’m late down for breakfast. All my best wishes for the future at DOCKLOW. From malcolm (STAN) St Albans

To all at Docklow Pools, Many Congratulations on 40 great years of hard work that has provided so much enjoyment to so many. We look forward to celebrating with you on the 9th. Lets hope there is another 40 years to follow! Jon and Maria Bufton xxx Leominster ********************** Really proud to be a member of the most beautiful fishery in the country. I hear all these stories about other fisheries like Whitecares and Paradise but the proof is in the pudding as far as Im concerned. So many come year after year. The fishing is great, but the whole Docklow experience is second to none. Well done Mike, Josie, Jonathan and Simon – Cant wait to see you again this year. Sebastian & Gayle Painter-Jones, Yorkshire ************************** happy 40th sorry we could not be with you ,i can only thank mike and josie for creating a special place – Steve Hobbs and party, Potters Bar *********************** Enjoyed being part of Docklow, have lots of happy memories and hope to make many more well done x – Mrs Pamela Bellis, Wrexham ********************** Great food Great place and so many nice people. – Mrs Ellie Brandon, Cheshire ********************** Happy Birthday docklow a great place to fish and stay with very welcoming and friendly staff,i miss it – Colin Taylor, Enfield ********************* To Jonathan and team, Youre simply the best – Phil in Cambridge ****************** Dear Mike and Josie many thanks for a lovely evening spent with you all at The pools last night. You had all gone to a lot of hard work. What a wonderful spread, fantastic as usual. We certainly didnt need much breakfast this morning!!!. The singer took us back todays gone by. its years since I heard any Bay City Rollers (ex fan). Hope that Josie is an Orchid enthusiast like me. Thank you so much for including us in your celebrations and we look forward to more of our family milestones at Docklow Pools. Di and Les Morgan, Docklow, Leominster *****************

Dear Mike, Josie and Jonathan – Many thanks for a lovely evening and well done for having been in business for 40 years. We had to leave early as we had an early start with breakfasts. See you soon. Regards Margaret, Cyril, Bob and Barbara Merriman, Highgate House, Leominster

The 40th.Anniversary of Docklow Pools Firstly, apologies from a couple of stalwarts. Ray Lawson not quite as steady on his feet as he used to be and Eric Davies who has other commitments. I know both are very disappointed not to be here but send their good wishes. There are lot of other friends who cannot be with us but I’m sure are looking down on us. Rosie and I have been coming down since the mid ‘80s and have always been made very welcome. We have seen many changes and wondered what Mike had done since the last visit. In those days you could see the whole complex as you came down the drive across the 2 cattle grids and old farm track, not tarmac as it is now. The Canal, Farmer Jack, Major Bill and Figure of Eight were just fields full of buttercups. To get to the Stock Pond you had to go across the fields. All this has taken a lot of hard work and dedication. Mike and Josie have always listened in the bar to the moaners, movers and shakers, and those who have their own ideas as to how to run a fishery, but have still done it their own way. They have obviously done a fantastic job by the distances we travel most week ends to be here. Leeds, Barnsley, Huddersfield, Bolton,  Manchester, Liverpool, Chester, Wrexham, Birmingham, Derby, Milton Keynes, Luton and many more to be here at the oldest and the very best fishery in England. It would be unfair not to mention Simon, who has done a great deal of the building work with Clive Harris, and Jonathan who took a 20 year sabbatical to go into the banking industry, and now runs the office. There is also a fantastic back room staff. All these people make Docklow Pools what it is. I would now like to propose a toast to Josie and Mike  to congratulate them on 40 years of the business and here’s to many more. CHEERS. Rosie & Barry Smith – Derbyshire **************

Hello Josie & mike – I hold very fond memories of docklow and Mary and I send you our best wishes for the future. I know of no other couple who have worked as hard as you two and you have thoroughly deserved all the success you have achieved. You and your family can be proud of the facilities now at docklow and we are pleased to have been a very small part of it and to call you friends.

regards geoff & mary page-jones, Bromyard