Reviews & Guest Book

Our new electronic Guest Book – Kindly email and will copy to web site on a monthly basis. Names naturally deleted for privacy. Thanks for your valuable feedback.

Here’s a small sample to start!….


Anne and I would just like to say thank you for the weekend break at Docklow. Really enjoyed it and we look forward to seeing you all in June. Once again thank you.

Trev & Anne


This is a coarse fishery with a very good history and reputation. In previous years we have always stayed in Leominster but for a local club fishing festival, a number of us stayed recently for a couple of nights bed and breakfast at Docklow itself. I think there was about 15-18 of us altogether. Our first day included a cooked breakfast to start the day off followed by a steak and chips meal on the evening at the Fisherman’s Arms. I must say that both the breakfast and the steaks were very good indeed and our large party did not hinder the chef(s) in any way as the service was great for us all.
We all decided to eat in again the following night instead of going into Leominster and it was a good decision. The bar was packed with us, other fishermen and lots of the locals and once again the service behind the bar and the quality and service of the food (from a great and varied menu) was superb.

The accommodation was good, clean and just the ticket.
Well worth a visit if you want to fish in a quiet, peaceful location.


To Jonathan and the team.
Thank you for a wonderful weekend at Docklow, the weather was awful most the time but that didn’t dampen the spirits. Major Bill fished hard but still produced 4 doubles over 36hrs. The cabins were wonderful, the pub food was fantastic and the staff were all extremely friendly and helpful. Cheers for your help with the tackle shop and look forward to an extended say in the new year.
All the best Liam Hylam and Gail
October 2014
Hi Jonathan – Apologies. We left on Friday evening because Andrew had to get back to deal with some business matters. We had an excellent week. Andrew had brilliant days on Match Lake and Mickey Mouse (over 300lb fish on Mickey Mouse one day and consistent fishing all other days with lots of good sized carp.  I had one really good day on Match Lake (Swim 2) with 36 carp, 9 barbel, 7 tench, and a… load of F1s, Bream and Roach, and pretty good days throughout the week.  I tended to go for all fish rather than just aim for carp, and had some good results for roach (several in 2lb range), bream (best of week 5lbs) and tench, especially in Mickey Mouse (the shallow corner swim backing onto Figure of 8). So all in all a good week’s fishing. Thoroughly enjoyed.
Andrew is planning to book for next year, and is also trying to coax some friends. Speak soon all the best Dave (August 2014)


Sitting here writing this review with a sad face, why because we didn’t want to come home. Our 5th visit and it just gets better every time, the accommodation (Mallards Nest) was great, the fishing fantastic, I even entered my first ever match and the food unbelievable. Can’t wait till next year where we hope to get two visits in. Thank you to Jonathan, Simon and all the staff magic time


We had an excellent week. Andrew had brilliant days on Match Lake and Mickey Mouse (over 300lb fish on Mickey Mouse one day and consistent fishing all other days with lots of good sized carp.  I had one really good day on Match Lake (Swim 2) with 36 carp, 9 barbel, 7 tench, and a load of F1s, Bream and Roach, and pretty good days throughout the week.  I tended to go for all fish rather than just aim for carp, and had some good results for roach (several in 2lb range), bream (best of week 5lbs) and tench, especially in Mickey Mouse (the shallow corner swim backing onto Figure of 8). So all in all a good week’s fishing. Thoroughly enjoyed.


July 2014 – Dear Jonathan and team-  Just like to say what a fantastic time we had last week …great venue awesome fishing ..accommodation 1st class ..looking forward to next year already…Thanks for that  Regards Andy Andrew Henshaw
Dear Jonathan and team
                                               Just like to say what a fantastic time we had last week …great venue awesome fishing ..accommodation 1st class ..looking forward to next year already… Mr A. Handley


Good Morn Jonothan
Sorry for the lateness of this email. Steve and I was sorry not to see you on leaving. We just want to say a big THANK YOU again for the break we had. The lodge was amazin! Holiday was brilliant and the fishing just what the Doctor ordered.
Again a massive thank you for allowing us to come back to finish our hols. It meant a lot to us. It goes without saying that we will be seeing you again..
All the best to you and your lovely family
Barbara & Steve x – Northwich
July 2014


Just come back from our 20th annual meeting at Docklow, 8 of us fished a contest and the total weigh in exceeded 400lb of fish, restaurant is excellent especially the steaks, our accommodation was very good as usual. Overall the Jolly Boys find the food, fishing and company excellent and I can’t wait to go back – Terry Mole. July 2014


Hi Jonathan,

Just a quick e-mail to say a huge thank you for letting us fish the lake.
The kids had a fantastic day and Eric the legend entertained us all with
his skills. The kids haven’t stopped talking about him, will be bringing
him some beers on Saturday and a letter from the kids.
Must also mention Bob who joined us too he spent the day tutoring the kids


Thanks for a great week all round weather was the icing on the cake,and the food was great Neil has come on in leaps and bounds a real asset now even Doug was happy.All had plenty of fish and plenty of wind up,the group gets larger with ken and dave now onboard could it be our shy charm?
Well sunshine hope all goes well with the birth of baby boz mk2 and has its mothers looks
Thats about it same weeks and digs for next year please all the best
Bob Strand – Cumbria 25th June 2014
To Jonathan
Thank you to you and all your staff, our stay was so rewarding, it felt like home from home.
I would like to say how I fell in love with Ellis. He is such a good companion.
Say hello to mum and dad, and Simon. Please take care all the best for the new arrival.
Thanks once again
From Jeanette & Paul Daniels – Doncaster – May 2014
Dear Jonathan  and team
Les and i would both like to thank you so much for all you hard work last night. The carvary was wonderful and the puddings to die for !!!!
Everyone has  commented on how great the food was and also has helpful all the staff were Les had a wonderful evening with friends and family and once again the pools have come up trumps.
Please pass on our thanks to everyone  concerned
When you have the bill ready give me a ring or email it to me and we will call in and settle up
Thanks once again Les and Di Morgan – 21st May 2014
Johnathen and all your staff Just want to say a very big thank you for making our stay so pleasant and for the Wind in the Willows cottage – we had a cracking stay – the fishing was gud as was the food – Paul the chef came good with his mushroom stroganoff for Andy on Monday nite which was also greatly appreciate.  And Kate was a lovelly friendly face – always smiling which was nice. Fishing was a…s gud as ever – Andy was pleased with the catfish on the bank ! Will be in touch later in the year – we are going to come back for a full week next year provided we can get a dog sitter – i know you do dog freindly accommodation but its nice to get away without them sometimes ! Many thaks once again – all the best !! Allison and Andy Chippendale – 22nd May 2014


Thanks 4 a brilliant  holiday we had a great time. food and beer great,fishing was better than last year. The silver side of the snake produce roach over pound and half for John MAY ,he had over 100 pound on the Wednesday,plus Moby dicks fished well 4 barbel and carp. see u again soon. Cheers Hounslow postal fishing club [Paul Greenleaf]. April 2014


Just like to say a very big thank you for the lovely break, all 5 of us had a great time. I caught 60lb of fish on my first day and many more on my second. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed fishing as due to hectic life style had not been for years. Surprised that it was just like riding a bike! You don’t forget. We all enjoyed the food and your staff were very helpful and friendly. We are going to book for May next year for a week. Many thanks

Hazel G – April 2014


Hi Jonathan…..Many thanks for last week’s relaxing holiday sorry we didn’t manage to see you before we left. Fishing was great as usual and we both look forward to perhaps seeing you later in the year. Thanks also to Neil for the great food…”…. Sue & Brian P – Blackpool. April 2014


Hi Jonathan Just a quick note to thank you for the fishing yesterday. OK, you didn’t know that I was but I had the afternoon free and went on Framer Jack. Probably the best fishing I’ve had for a long time. Blue sky, warm sunshine and a fish every ten minutes or so. Nothing too taxing, just … very relaxing fishing. Most were between 4 and 8 pounds plus a few silverfish, all on half a small loaf of white sliced (enough left for a sandwich for supper!). Lost count as to how many but, well, a lot! If there had been a few more leaves on the trees I might have taken some photographs – perhaps next time. Thanks again. ATB Bob Anderson – April 2014


Hi Jonathan, I would just like to say a big thank you to you and the team for a wonderfully relaxing week with great food, accommodation & fishing, looking forward to our next visit. Mrs D Davenport – April 2014


Hi Jonathan, me and dad had a great day yesterday, although he schooled me on how to waggler fish! But both had a lot of mixed fish, every species except barbel, so very happy, think we are returning Saturday for another go, ?

Hiya Jonathan, just had a look around the lake, absolutely beautiful, tackle shop is superb, Thanks Chris J – South Wales


Thanks for a great day on your tench lake Jonathan – see you soon

Chris P


Hi Jonathon, I just a quick note to say thanks for looking after us, had a great time and will be back. Regards Ant . P.S Great breakfast! (Cheshire Angling – Match on Snake Sunday) March 2014


“Fisherman’s Arms”

My friends and I visited on Saturday night for food, the menu had ample choice and all reasonably priced. A warm cosy atmosphere and friendly staff greeted us and the excellent service continued through the evening, such a big personality for such a quaint village restaurant. Very impressed, we will definitely return for any occasion  – April 2014


Jonathan/Kate – Thanks for organising our weekend at Docklow.  It was great.  We  all hope to see you again soon.

Kind regards.
Phil Smith – March 2014

Fantastic day at Docklow Pools last week fishing the feeder with Coarse Fishing Answers. Amazing place, unbelievable fishing and the best hosts ever! – Darren Cox, writting for Total Coarse answers – March 2014


Christmas Function 2013:

Hi Jonathan,

 We really did have a lovely time for our Christmas Lunch with you guys! As we discussed can we please provisionally book for this year for  December, again arriving for 12.30 and sitting down for 1pm.  If we could book again as we did last year please.


Summer 2013 – Press Views

“I wish Docklow Pools were closer to where I live as it is one of the most enjoyable fisheries I have ever visited. The ‘après-fish’ is almost as good too. No wonder there are so many satisfied returning customers.” – Keith Arthur, TV Tight lines presenter


“Docklow pools offers the variety, tranquillity and tremendous fishing that as a match or pleasure angler you struggle to find anywhere else! – Keep up the good work.” – Lee Kerry, Preston Innovations sponsored match angler


“It’s so long ago, I can’t remember the exact year that I first visited Docklow as it was so long ago. I do, however, remember being very impressed with the place that day and it’s a feeling has stayed with me ever since. It has become one of my favourite ever fishing places and with two fabulous stretches of River Wye plus the pools now to go at, my only problem when I’m there is deciding where to fish!”  – Dave Harrell, Dave Harrell Fishing


“Docklow pools’ Mickey Mouse lake is one of the most prolific mixed species venues I have fished, simply awesome”– Simon Willsmore, match angler


“I’ve been fishing Docklow for over 25 years not only are you greeted by beautiful surroundings and excellent sport but a warm welcome from the Bozward family that makes every visit as enjoyable as my first.” – Les Thompson, Matrix bait tech and 2012 “match this” Maver champion


“Docklow Pools is one of my all-time favourite venues. The surroundings are tranquil and the fishing is among the best in the country. It’s the diverse nature of the lakes, species and tactics that makes being at this complex such a enthralling experience. The on-site shop stocks a diverse range of tackle and the staff are always helpful. Let’s not forget the food at the on-site Fisherman’s Arms – fine cuisine – and the accommodation is both relaxing, well spaced and welcoming. This venue is in a different league to most!” -Alex Bones, Editor – Match Fishing Magazine


Docklow Pools is one of my all-time favourite venues. I just wish it was nearer! – Jon Arthur, Editor Pole Fishing magazine


“I have fished Docklow now for over 20 years and like good wine it gets better with age, a delightful spot to dangle a line!” – Des Taylor, TV presenter & Angling journalist


“Every year I go to Docklow Pools for at least one weeks vacation (I’ve been going for over 20 years now!), there is always something different each time I go. It may be an improvement/expansion in the facilities, a subtle change to the restaurant menu or even a new pool to fish! Docklow Pools seems to still be evolving after 40 years in existance. For me, each visit is still an adventure. Two things that are a constant, is the warm welcome from the Bozward family and staff and the BRILLIANT FISHING!!! – Gary Picken, Fosters of Birmingham


Not your average fishery, Docklow has beautiful mature lakes and brilliant fishing. The accommodation is first class and so is the fishing. One of my favourite venues in the country, ideal for a day’s fishing or break. – Rob Wootton, Drennan Champion


Having been to Docklow Pools several times both as an angler and feature writer, I can honestly say it’s one of the best run complexes in the country for all-round fishing, not just for carp. The accommodation and breakfasts are brilliant too! – Kevin Wilmot, Deputy Editor, Angling Times


Hi Jonathan – Just arrived home after the Docklow New Year’s Eve party. We all had a fantastic time thanks. Sue was especially blown away by the amazing buffet. We’ve been to a few in our time but that was by far the best. Please pass on our thanks on Josie and her team. Happy New Year to you all. Stuart and Sue Smith. January 1st 2014


December 23rd 2013 – Hi Jonathan and all the team,

Just a short note to say thank you for al your efforts for our staff party  last Friday, Everyone enjoyed themselves and said that the meal was  lovely.
Hope you all have a lovely Christmas and hope to see you soon,

Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2014

Ali x – Phoenix Organics, Bromyard


Hello Everyone Another year has almost gone with it’s good and bad times as most years do, we are though  pleased to say that we lay most of the best times at the feet of the Bozward family and all the caring staff that make Docklow Pools the phenomena that it is. It is rare in these hard nosed materialistic times to find a group of people who go so far out of their way to make sure their guests old and new have the most enjoyable time during their stay a Docklow. So please accept our most hearty thanks for our very memorable  good times and be assured we look forward to many more. We send then our very best wishes for the New Year to all at Docklow pools. May 2014 keep you all in good health and bring you your hearts desire                                                          Albert & Julia Leonard – January 2014


thanks 4 a great hoilday docklow gets better every year  plus all fish caught were in prefect condition c u again – Bob Spackman, September 2013


16th Sept 2013 – Hi Jonathan – We all had a great week and will visit again. Many thanks for the great hospitality and a great weeks fishing. Be in no doubt that we will see you again in the coming years. All the best – Andy, Andy and Carl.


Sept 2013 – Hi Jonathan – Just emailing to say we had a lovely week when we stayed 6-10th August. Your hospitality was faultless, nothing is ever any trouble and the food, surroundings and the staff are as always, fantastic! We are planning to come to Docklow for our 4th visit next year not sure of Robs shutdown dates for his work. As soon as we know, we will be booking something up. Looking forward to seeing you next year. Robin and Vanessa Armstrong


dear jonathan,  we stayed in dovecoat cottage for the first time on sun 18th august for acouple of nights.  myself  mr mcguinness my son martin and my grandson.  it was a trip to remember! everything was top class! our 3 breakfast- our 3 evening meals the ale, the snooker /pool. the accommadation. the tackle shop/bait. all fabulous! and of coarse the fishing.  we hope to make it a regular trip. I have a barbers shop in manchester, and your brochure is now worn out! would it be possible to send me a few brochures – mr m g mcguinness   – sept 2013


6th September 2013

Hi Jonathan, I trust business is good and you have had plenty of visitors this year. I looked on your website and was quite surprised to see my photograph on your main web-page, I feel very much honoured you have put a photo of me on your site and I have shown it to all my family and friends.

On our last visit in early May I caught my personal best common carp from the Match Lake and it weighed in at 19lb 9oz (photograph attached)and I thought it was the best fish of the week but Pete Smith just beat me by landing his personal best fish being a 20lb 4oz mirror carp from the Major Bill.

The week we were there was excellent as usual and looking forward to our next visit in 2014. Please pass on my regards to all your family. Les W, Preston


3rd Sept 2013 – Thanks for a fantastic holiday the weather was brilliant and the fishing was good we are already planning next years holiday. Love Gill & Terry


27th August 2013 – Hi all Josie Jonathan and Simon I would just like to say thank you for my peaceful week staying with you all last week . Thanks josie for the initial coffee you made me it was a pleasant welcome .. Thanks Jonathan for been a listening ear … Simon loving your work skills hope you finished the nice new structure you built !! O and thanks for the fishing advice … Thanks to all the fish I did catch and thanks to all your staff that cooked served a pint and spent there time giving me advice on the best way to catch !!! However no thanks to the bloody mad dog that kept running of with me balls on my last day while trying to play golf !! Hence that’s why I couldn’t bring them back … Jonathan I hope it’s just your back that’s playing you up !! I look forward to returning again soon .. If not to fish but spend time in your amazing place Thank you all so much  – Stuart N


27th August 2013 –

Hi just to say had fantastic weekend with caravan and some excellent fishing and food Saturday night hopefully will do it again soon many thanks Steve Berry.



 I just wanted to write to complement Docklow Pools on an excellent venue for a fishing holiday. We go away every year on a fishing break and our stay this week rates as one of the best.
The variety of pools and quality specimen lake gives you plenty of options not to mention the river venues available out of the close season which we didn’t have the option of trying on this occasion. All this was first class in terms of quantity and quality of fishing.
I don’t want to tell tales out of class but we did notice a number of anglers that appeared to be stretching the rules on the “no controller float” fishing. Other observations were that some anglers were using comparability short poles on Micky Mouse and Farmer Jack which were fine for the silver fish and Crucians but for the larger carp these were not up to the task and we witnessed a few resulting snap offs, sometimes with float and all.
Other than that it was clear that the vast majority of anglers were serious fishermen, respectful of the rules wanting to catch but with a genuine care for the fish stock.
We really liked the set up of accommodation and pub serving food up to 9.00 p.m. plus a fully stocked tackle shop . A truly excellent venue all round and we can’t wait to return!
It was very kind of you to offer us a weekend in October subject to availability, we’d really like to take you up on that so will be back in contact early September to see what dates may suit.
Kind Regards
Julian – 7th June 2013
Responded on the surface fishing and noted


Hi Jonathan, Simon, Ma & Pa.

Just to say thanks for a lovely time. Really enjoyed ourselves and for putting us up in the OAK lodge. Lovely flooring.

Regards Poppy & Poppy Jnr. Dave & Tony.

Best wishes for the little one. April 2013

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My wife and I have just returned from our first of the year Docklow experiences. We can’t say that a holiday with the family Bozward is a cure for all things, but it certainly adds a lot of oil to a lot of previously squeaky wheels. The warm response from all the staff and fellow anglers alike at Docklow makes for a homely feeling from the moment you arrive to the moment you depart. Nothing is ever too much trouble for the staff at Docklow, this together with the very special standard of the sport makes Docklow the perfect escape from the sometimes ruthlessness of every day life. From the bar to the bankside it is always a pleasant experience at Docklow. Special thanks and good wishes go to Jonathan who always goes out of his way to to make each visit more special than the last one, everyone’s happiness is truly his motivating force. We are looking forward to seeing you all again in August with the confidence that it is going to be great, and without doubt that is the essential ingredient that makes any experience one you would like to have again and again                  
Tight lines       Albert & Julia Leonard May 2013

What can I say, fabulous week, great fishing, fantastic people.

What I like about Docklow is that when you are there, you are part of a family.
Sid and myself, if possible, would like to book for Jackos next year.
Hopefully Sids health will be ok. We would like Kingfisher again if poss. See you in June, cant wait. Regards – Keith Harris May 2013
Thanks Jonathan, brilliant trip, terry took the money this time with a 12.5 carp from peg 22 on match, this wont happen again, I will never hear the last of it !!!!!
Once again  cheers… Speak soon Bryn  May 2013
Hi Sir, thanks for a great week good food good company and as usual went to quickly next year any chance of king fisher or swallow for two weeks
Thanks Les Fiddle – May 2013
Hello Jonathan,
           As requested a  photo of the table of my mum and dads golden wedding anniversary. I’m afraid  it’s the only photo I have.
          The food and the  room was terrific- Thankyou
Trevor Davies

16th April 2013

Thank you Jonathan for a great visit we enjoyed it very much. Geoff ended up buying fishing kit in the end and had an afternoon on Mickey mouse.

Look forward to the next visit, food was great too!
Barbara & Geoff


18th March 2013

Dear Jonathan,
I just wanted to say thank you to you, the chef and waitresses who made our night so good last night.
Every single person loved their food – my daughter, whose birthday it was, said it was the nicest lasagne she had ever had (and she’s had a lot!).
The steaks were all cooked as people requested and my burger was lovely. Also the quantities of vegetables, chips and garlic bread etc supplied were very much appreciated.
The waitresses were polite and patient and please pass on our thanks to the chef – we will certainly be recommending the Fishermans Arms to our friends.
Kind regards,
Bev Hickey


March 2013 – Ab so brill. the staff the place the accommodation , the fishing , the girls behind the bar. nothing else can touch the place for excitement and friendliness. we are back….Dave & Dan Grogan


17th December 2012

Hi Jonathan

Thank you for our Christmas party evening.  Everyone had a lovely time and the food was delicious.  The room was beautifully laid and very festive. 
Please let me know how you would like us to pay and perhaps you could send us an invoice. 

Many thanks


Nunwell Doctors Surgery   Bromyard 


26th October 2012

Hi Jonathan – Had a wonderful time at Docklows it was everything I imagined and believe me it did not disappoint this place is in a class of its own. A wonderful setting and a wonderful place I will definitely be back. Superb

Roy Jenkins |  London |


26th October 2012

Dear Jonathan

Just to say thank you for organising the meal on saturday 13th October. Everyone really enjoyed it, they said the food was excellent and the room was “just right”. Special thanks to Neil for his hard work, preparing cooking and serving such delicious food.

Yours sincerly

Karen & Steve Morgan – Fairview Holiday Park


16th October 2012

Trust you are Ok.
Thank you for Sunday lunch. Everyone enjoyed it very much and now want it to become an annual event.
See you on 7th for AGM.
Regards Adrian Allen – Manager, NFU Leominster


Mrs S Spurgin – 11th Sept 2012

Hi Jonathan,
Just to say thank you had a great week and mum didnt want to go home. The weather was a big bonus. Definately see you again next year.


Mrs Toni Jones – 10th September 2012

Just got back from a FAB  weekend celebrating Hubby’s Birthday at Docklow Pools  Fab Fab Fab and I don’t even fish  :-). Thanks to everyone who helped make it so special x


Jeff ,Angela & Steven Holdcroft – 10th September 2012

just got back from a fab week last was fab.accomation fab ..geoff and stephen enjoyed the fishing.i just love it down there.see you next year.x


10th Sept 2012

Hi Jonathan.

A big thank you to all the staff for a most enjoyable holiday, in particular Neil’s return has certainly put Docklow’s food back to the high standard I have come to expect over the last twenty years. The Docklow signature dish of “Death by Steak & Ale” is truly back to it’s best ! Notwithstanding the other dishes on the now expansive menu which received positive comments from all I spoke to. I look forward to my return next July if not sooner. Regards Gary Picken (half a stone heavier)


Tom & Heather Davies – 8th September 2012

Tom’s first fish on a pole.  Hope you get it OK.  The first attempt lost it’s head and tail.  17.7lbs from the Match Lake.  Had a good time on the Stock Pond too.  Nearly 100 carp in the day!!


Mrs Marianne Burniston – 8th September 2012

Home safe and sound….now the ‘fun’ begins…unloading the car……putting washing machine on! On a more pleasant note…I had a fabulous time at Docklow Pools with the ‘northern’  lads Chris Bell and crew. Fabulous men…couldn’t have asked for nicer company TRUE gentlemen. See you all next September xxxxxxxx


When you go to the same place more than once it is easy to run out of nice things to say, this is certainly not the case with Docklow Pools. The standard of good service and the family atmosphere is as constant as the sport is good and the warm relationship between anglers, old aqaintances and the Bozward family alike add to the “it’s good to be here” feeling that is a common denominator with all Docklow guests. It was our pleasure to be once again part of the Docklow experience  and look forward with great anticipation to our next stay in the  green and pleasant land that is Docklow Pools > >          Best Regards > >                       Albert + Julia Leonard

Hello Again Jonathan,   Here I am with my 18 -1/2 lb. Mirror Carp caught on the friday before we came home.    Albert


hi just a quick word to say a big thanks again for another great week on major bill. no cats for us but a pb for me 25lb grass carp the friendliness of staff and everything that goes with it is somthing to look forward to for next year fishing is great lots of lakes to choose from and everyone( fishermen) so friendly    ps    thanks for great breakfast  josie mmmmm    thanks dave & harry 14th August 2012


11th August 2012 – Hi Jonathan, another excellent week there, even broke our run of coming last in the quiz ( with the help of the bar staff lol) was great to see all the regulars (Tammy lads and Leeds lads), see you next year, Berni, Gary, Steve and Monique xxx  – Mrs B Slimm, Birmingham


10th August 2012 – Just come back from a fantastic week – first visit and definitely not the last. Awesome lakes, accomodation clean and comfortable with a very welcoming hot shower at the end of the day, great food and brilliant welcoming, friendly staff. Mrs V Armstrong



Sorry about the overdue email as promised mate but I haven’t had a chance to do it before now….

So what can I say?……My dad and me had a truly great weeks’ fishing. You’s our 6th year and I have to say that I don’t think it’s ever been better. I had 10 cats out over the week from a humble but beautiful 4lb to a battling 35lb (with 4 of those between 20 and 30lb) and several great looking, perfectly scaled commons to 18lb. Grass Carp still elusive to me after all these years but I’ll die trying!….I also lost something that felt like the Titanic which I bumped at 4.45am whilst tackling down one rod…it felt absolutely huge!…A  fisherman’s tale indeed! As well as – a 4lb eel!…How about that!!…Hooked in the bottom lip!!….Chuffed as anything

Went to the Rotherwas stretch of the Wye – Jon – what a place!…Amazing!…Plenty of quality chub to 4lb and barbel to 7lb but to catch them in such a lovely looking river was a real coup. I will definitely be back for an autumn river session. The Teme was like Jurassic Park but it certainly looked in good form – trouble was I couldn’t get anywhere near it!!!

I have to say though one of the real joys this year was the camaraderie. I met two new groups of anglers who were great people with great stories and by the end of seven days they were new friends. Ones I will keep in contact with and see before we return for our week next year. I spent some time with my dad silver bashing on the Moby which was great..and wouldn’t you know it…when we’re on 18 hooks and single maggot I hook a 10lb common!….Ahh!

But you know what Jon – all in all I couldn’t have asked for a better time. Great fishing in great surroundings provided by people who are not only great and conscientious proprietors…but now good and understanding friends….

If you are looking at getting away for a week’s fishing it really doesn’t get any better that that.

Thanks to you all at Docklow again Jon……see you again next year

Gary O’Donnell – Docklow Faithful now!, Liverpool


Thanking you for another good year fishing at Docklow.  Andy and I had a good time and we caught some good fish.  One particular day we both had over a 100lb of fish from Farmer Jack (swims 23 and 24).  Andrew actually topped 120lbs (weighed individually as caught).  This comprised mostly carp in the 5-8lb range but also some quality roach and a few good sized tench and crucians.  In addition we had some good sized chub and barbel from Mickey Mouse (I had a barbel of 4lb 5oz) and several of the chub exceeded 3lb. The crowning moment of our stay was a fine 18lb plus carp from Major Bill (also two others at 15lb), and a 14lb carp from Moby Dick.  I will send some photos.  We both got into much larger, powerful fish on Major Bill, presumed to be catfish, but failed to get them to net.  Better luck next time.
We will be booking again for next year.  I will confirm the dates shortly.
Tight lines
Best regards – Dave Symonds

24th May 2012 – Match Lake – BP

Hi Jonathan, Firstly a big thank you from us all for letting us fish this ‘one off ‘ annual match mid week and, as we are not a club as such, use of Docklow scales for the weigh in. We have been fishing this match since 1989 ! (formerly at Clare in Suffolk). I promised Mike that I would let you have the top ten weights.

2 JOHN POLE 77-08 PEG 28
5 CARL LANE 51-10 PEG 9
6 COLIN BATES 43-14 PEG 30
7 DAVID ROBINSON 43-10 PEG 16 ( ‘The bread man’ )
8 MIKE DAVIES 40-10 PEG 12


Our record total weight ! amazing considering how intense the spawning was. Kindest regards
Dave T

26th May 2012 – via email

hi jonathan, had a great time at docklow this week. caught some good fish. two 15 lb plus carp and a 7 lb mirror, then in last hour caught a beaut of a barbel of 5-6 lbs. cracking week and met some good lads to. cheer’s i’l be in touch soon for next years booking . charlie c


Hi Jonathon,

Just a big thank you for organising the day and evening my customers really enjoyed it all and they have nothing but good memories and comments about Docklow pools. Could you please pass on my thanks to Sarah she made a great effort to make us all feel welcome she is a credit to Docklow.

Kind regards,

Gary Dixon
Managing Director

When the rain is falling in biblical proportions and the abnormal
May temperatures get down to the long-johns mark on the thermometer
it takes a special kind of hospitality to make angling a pleasant experience by any
standards. The warmth of the welcome, social evenings, and goodbye together with
fantastic sport make Docklow pools a homely place to be in any conditions and for us
you did it again. Our thanks and congratulations to the Family Bozward for putting
together the package of ingredients that make it nice to be there and at the end
of your stay leaves you with a burning wish to return. Tight lines
See you all soon  Albert + Julia Leonard
12th May 2012

2/5/12 – Hi JB,
Once again, from both of us, many thanks to you all for a cracking long let year complete with bonus time. I hope you can use those rigs soon.
Thanks for the embarrassing note connected to the Saturday result, I’ll get you back. If Jacko gives you a result sheet can you let me have one?
See you week on sat Rosie and Barry

2/5/12 – via Facebook

We wish to thank you all for such a wonderful day on Saturday. All the staff were fantastic and we have treasured memories for life. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! John & Maria Bufton x

1/5/12 – via email
Thanks to all the staff, great holiday got home wanted to go back theres all ways next year,

Yet again thanks. Dave, tony.

28th April 2012 – Via thank you flower card

To Jonathan, Simon, Mike and Josie

Thank you for everything youve done for me and Stephen. Lots of love Pam & Steve Bellis

To Jonathon
Just a quick email, to thank you for your hospitality on our weekend at your fishing pools. Excellent food, excellent beer and excellent fishing. The singer was abit ropey friday night, could we get a ramones tribute band next time please haha! Hope we will be welcome again next year.
Thank you
Rob ( the portway 10 )

15th April 2012
Hi Jonathan,

Gary and Steve have asked me to email you to thank you for you and your family’s hospitality, he said he had a great days fishing and a very nice breakfast,

See you in August,

Gary & Berni.

Tim & Gill Cooper (Cambridge – Easter 2012)
Hi Jonathon and family,
want to send a big thank you to one and all for a lovely Easter break, the weather was not kind, but it gave me an incite into how much you all work as a family unit, being in dovecote was brilliant and so close to the heart of docklow and seeing how much it is being run as a family business.
this is what makes it such a lovely and special place to spend our hols with you every year dont ever change it because it works brilliantly
Gill, Tim and Matt Cooper
PS i didn’t finish one of the books that i borrowed and brought it home with me i will return it when we come back in august

Easter 2012
Hi Jonathan just want to say what a fab time we had this weekend, your complex is so well arranged and the willow cottage was great we look forward to fishing with you again sometime this year (when its a bit warmer)
Kim and Andy T

Mr Bryn Hughes – Wrexham. April 2012
Thanks Jonathan for another fantastic break,fishing was excellent as usual plus a 16 1/2 pound carp off the match pool,brilliant,never been anywhere that make us feel so welcome,best fishery in UK by far….
See you all very soon I hope…………

2/4/12          Hello Jonathan
I missed you this morning I suspect you were on your early morning jog!!!!! Ive unloaded my car and started the first load of washing.
Now Id just like to thank YOU and everybody else for making the winter let season such a great time . Im sure I enjoyed all of it but some nights are hidden in a guiness colured haze.I say thank you for the bingo but not the songs youre singing in all honesty.
See you in May.
best wishes Roy.
ps tell Hannah to practice cos its the real thing next winter!

2nd April 2012
Hi Jonathon,

Dragged home by Chris kicking and screaming…….no change there then!

Loved the winter let. Had a great time and can’t wait to get back down in July.

Love to all

Linda & Chris


19/3/12 – Via Facebook
Thanks to all who did a great job making Tom Panniers birthday go with a real swing. Food was fantastic and the venue was perfect. Many thanks to one and all. Steve Panniers

Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2012 10:03:16 +0000
From: tonydmiessner
Subject: Birthday party
hi jonathan i am coming i give you my river money on tuesday when i bring my friend out tommmorow.which pool can we go on how much is it for him to fish.i want him to bag up.also can you please say a big thank you to all the staff yesterday regarding the birthday party everything was amazing so thanks agian atb tony

13th Jan 2012
Dear Jonathan and all the crew at Docklow

Just a line to say thank you for a fantastic New Years Eve Party and for your hospitality on our two night stay with you.

We were most impressed with your food and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of our room (room 2), although we did have to share our room with the huge wasp who decided that I was in his bed! Anyway the wasp was the one with the headache in the morning, not me!

Thanks again to all your family for the welcome.

We hope we can visit Docklow again later in the year.

Kind regards,

Steve and Debbie G


Hi Jonathan thanks for a great holiday from the Tull family please can you show this mirror carp on Docklows catch report webside we will see you again many thanks caught at major bills – Sept 2011

Paul D – 24th Sept 2011

Back from my fishing trip and time for some beers before work tomorrow night. Thanks for an excellent weeks fishing Docklow pools, see you all soon

Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011
From: keith.
Hi Jonathan,

I’ve attached a selction of the photographs Sue and I took of the 14 barbel we caught on the Docklow stretch ot the river Wye last week. The fish range from 5lb 6oz (first photo) to 8lb 6oz (last photo) with both a 7lb fish and a cracking 7lb 10oz fish that Sue caught! The pools were great too – but for some reason we forgot to photograph the carp we caught. We had a brilliant holiday and we’ll be back next year!

Cheers mate, Keith (1st to Docklow)






As we commute along the highway of life we meet many fellow travellers and make many stops along the way, most of these meetings and pauses in our journey have little affect on the overall quality of our trip through life but every now and then we meet a person or find a place that is so special in its own right that we take the impression left by the encounter  with us for the rest  of our journey. Docklow Pools is such a place, this oasis of good manners, good company and good service together with fantastic sport reinforces everything that is right in England’s green and pleasant land.
The years of dedication and hard work that have contributed to make Docklow Pools such a refreshing escape from the every day norm,. is more than a credit to the family Bozward and the staff who maintain the high standard of customer care with a quiet touch of empathy, it was our privilege to be your to be your guests during our recent stay and we look forward to joining many times more in the future
Very Best Regards
Albert + Julia Leonard  26-8-2011

Phil & Louise P – Chester – 22nd August 2011

Dear Jonathon

Thank you and all the people at docklow pools for a wonderful holiday , we have experienced our best times at docklow pools and the fishermans arms, but last weeks experience was without  doubt the best .

From the moment we arrived to the moment we had to leave, the hospitality and the warmth we felt was out standing.

So once again thank you to all at Docklow including the residents of that week who shared that week with us.

P;S i have attached a photo of louise,s best catch of the week


Mark & Ian B – Chester – August 2011
Hello Jonathan, Hope you are keeping well.
Since our visit in May and subsequent membership Ian and I have been down to Docklow once a month as predicted and enjoyed some really good sport on Mickey and the Jack in June and July respectively.
We were down again yesterday and decided to fish the Moby, not so much to do with this email as I’ve only opened it today but more to do with our love of roach fishing!
Anyway to cut a long story short we both had a fantastic days sport, Ian managed at least 20 carp including a 2lb crucian and while obviously smaller than we had previously caught at an average of 1-2lb they proved great fun.
Meanwhile I managed a dozen carp of the same stamp but the lure of the roach was just too much. After spenting a couple of hours watching them attacking my loose fed casters like a shoal of pharanas I could not resist the temptation to have a go on a shallow rig up in the water. The outcome was around 25lb of roach with some going to 12oz. It probably could have been more but it took me a while to realise that the bigger stamp wanted it really shallow at 4-6 inches deep!
Anyway if anyone needs proof of the quality of the fishing on the Moby point them in our direction! There was also a number of other people fishing the pool while we were there and everyone caught carp.

14th August 2011 – Eileen R
thanks for a great week, Mark enjoyed his fishing and I enjoyed the most restful week I have ever had.

13th August 2011 – Dave T
thanks for a week of heaven on countdown for next year

9th August 2011 – Julie S
Just returned from a fab weeks fishing, what an excellent place to relax and unwind from the stresses of work, can see why people return year after year, thank you

Written on: 30/07/2011
“Pete & Lori – Our favourite little getaway”

We stumbled across Docklow by accident & it is the best find we ever made and have been to Docklow Pools several times now and for us it just gets better.
We don’t do set weeks and have met lots of different people who have all been nice and friendly. We find most people quite willing to share fishing techniques and offer advice on how to fish the various lakes. Pete entered a residents match for the first time on our last visit and thoroughly enjoyed himself, he didn’t even come last which pleased him no-end.
Go to the Fishermans Arms where there is a great atmosphere as everybody chills over a couple of pints after a hard days fishing. And if you don’t fancy cooking you don’t have to as the bar and restaurant meals are superb and extremely good value.
The accommodation, which is always ready on arrival, is well presented, clean and very comfortable.
The people who work there are great, barmaids, waitresses, cleaners, tackle shop, office, everybody tries to make you welcome. I love Ellis who often sits quietly with me whilst Pete gets down to “serious” fishing and I read.
The other people who make this possible are Josie, Mike, Jonathan & Simon who run the “Good Ship Docklow Pools” with seamless efficiency, warmth and love.
Looking forward to our next visit which is imminent
Lori & Pete

David L – 1st August 2011
Absolutly, Loved my stay at doclow once again the other week. I cant wait till next year for my week of heaven. :-)

Julie W – 1st August 2011
what a beautifull place u have, i really enjoyed visiting last weekend thank you so much 4 ur lovely food and ur warm welcome x wil defo b bookin really soon x x

30th July 2011

Hi Jonathan
Just a note to say thanks very much for yet again a great holiday. I also wanted to say a special thanks for helping to sort out our split tyre it took away a lot of stress from Terry and allowed us to get on with the important task of Fishing!
The fishing was great for both of us, however I did beat Terry (as usual), both in numbers of fish caught and the biggest in weight.
Good luck to you and Hannah for your wedding in November.
See you all again next year.
best wishes from
Terry and Sandy

Subject: A Great Trip
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2011 14:36:51 -0300

Hi Jonathan

Have been home now for 2 weeks and wish to thank all the Bozwards & staff
for another great holiday. I really feel like one of the family when I’m at Docklow.

As soon as certain family matters are cleared I’ll be able to firm up my 2012
timing and make all the necessary bookings.Until then have a great wedding
and a happy marriage.

Pete (Canada)

Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2011 16:02:20 +0100

Dear Jonathan,

I trust you are well and I have at long last sorted some of the photographs from yet another superb week at Docklow Pools. All the Preston gang send their regards.

These photo’s are just a reflection of the great time we had and great moments to share.

Keep in touch. Kind Regards, Les







July 2011 – From Facebook
Would like to thank Jonathan and all the staff and guests for making our time there last wk so brilliant. Despite the ‘changing’ weather we all had a great time…Thanks. Saving hard for 2wks next yr :) x

2nd July 2011 – From facebook
Docklow never changes and it is great.Had a damn good week last week and even got a tan.
Graeme, Cumbria

30th June 2011 – From Facebook
Fantastic trip again as usual,mickey & Moby was awsome again,thanks jonathan see you very soon;).
Bryn, North Wales

28th June 2011 Angela, Stoke on Trent
got back home safe johnathan. look at the weather now. thanks for everything you did for us . will be back soon

10th July 2011 – Hannah, Shirley
Hi all,
Thanks for an amazing week. Fishing was super fun. Place is absolutely beautiful. So gorgeous and quiet. Was watching the buzzards and fell in love with all the nature. Food was just too nice that had to eat in the bar every night near enough. Jonathans quiz was so funny too, and made a lot of good friends that evening. Entertainment is really good considering its away from city life. Love Docklow and cant wait to come back!

13th July 2011 – Docklow Heaven
Dear Jonathan, sorry I didn’t get to see you before we left but thought I would drop you a quick note, whilst the memories are still fresh, to say many thanks for another fantastic week of fishing. We had good sessions every day and ended the week with 8 doubles which is probably the best fishing I have ever had ! Some of the doubles we caught in the match lake were fin perfect; have you ever thought of moving a few of them to the Specimen lake to enable them to grow to 20lb plus. We had a decent session on the specimen lake with an 8lb common, 15lb mirror and a 15lb grass carp but unfortunately no cats – maybe next year

Can I book for next year? Regards Steve

View Docklow 2…JPG in slide show

Fab Holiday – 19th August 2010
hi jonathan, just sending you this message to tell you what a fantastic time me my wife & our freinds had at docklow pools. we were made very welcome from start to finish & felt like we were regulars there not first timers, we cant wait to visit you again and we will be in contact very soon about the long stay which will be before end of the week. once again thanks for making us so welcome. colin & sue.

August 2010 – Hi there

Just to let you know we got home safe.
Oh sorry I forgot you are not my mum ha ha.

Joking aside had a lovely week and love your place.
Thank you for making us welcome and feel at home .

See you again soon

Sam and Paul (Cosy Cottage)

Mr Rout – July 2010
great hols over 250 lbs of fish up to 14lbs  best lake mach lake from 5pm to 9 pm
jonh had 295lbs this was a 7 day hols staff very help full and we have booked again for next year a very big thank you to all at dockloow 5 stars

Scott, Mansfield – June 2010
hi Johnathon just a quick mail to say once again thankyou for a fantastic week we all enjoyed it Jim said he had the best days fishing in his life when we fished the match pool on the wednesday. once again the cottage was spotless and very comftable and we were all made to feel very welcome. next year wont come quick enough!!!
take care and keep up the good work. Thanks Scott

Hi Jonathan, hope your head feels better!!!  Just to say thanks for a wonderful weekend, we all enjoyed it tremendously


The world cup football in the oak room was a fabulous idea. Well done. (hope that doesnt sound too patronising!!). Our thanks again

Rosemary – 14th June 2010


Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2010 22:13:55 +0100

We’ve just spent our first weekend at Docklow Pools and we had a brilliant time can’t wait to get back.

The pitch was perfect, the tackle shop was as good as any I have been to, the beer and food were first class and the fishing was superb.

Hope to get back in a couple of weeks for another weekend.

Regards Andy & Deb

Wagg Free Week – June 2010

Hi Jonathan

Just a quick message to thank you and all your staff at Docklow for a fantastic week’s holiday last week. All the lads, (and pip!), had a great time, caught loads of fish, and thoughouly enjoyed themselves, especially in the bar!!

You have a superb fishery, down there, and should be very proud of what you have achieved, we were all looking at the photo’s of the original site in 1972 and it is obvious that lots of hard work has gone into the complex, to create the present fishery, and surroundings.

Once again many thanks, and I will no doubt be in touch soon to arrange our next “Wagg free week”

Regards Martin, Wethby

7th June 2010

Hi Jonathan,

Just a quick note to say sorry we did not get to say goodbye yesterday, we did look for you but your brother said you had popped out. We wanted to say thank you very much for making our stay at Docklow so much fun and thanks once again for letting us stay at The Spinney for the extra night. We left about 11.30 and got home in about three and a half hours so it was not too bad in the end. Today we are back to work but wishing we were still away, it will take us a while to get back in to the rat race but it was always inevitable I guess.

We left that bottle of champagne in the fridge in The Spinney so please take it as a small thank you from us.

You will see us again one day and please thank everyone else on the team for making our time so much fun.

All the best

Dan & Kelly-May – London


Just a quick thank you for the hospitality from your family and staff at docklows on our fishing holiday a couple of weeks back.
We had a really enjoyable week. Catching plenty of fish and sampling some good food in a very relaxed friendly enviroment and atmopshere.
We also met some nice fellow anglers quite willing to share adivse and tactics (unlike some of our other fishing trips). We hope to see you again in the future and would highly recommend your fishing compelx to other anglers.

Thank you
Graham and Mick (Leeds)

P.S. Could you please higher the hanging baskets outside the cottage, we kept headbutting them coming back from the pub.


Surrey Grass Society
Dear Jonathon

Just to say that everyone thoroughly enjoyed our lunch with the log fire helping to make a very welcoming venue. Thanks also to Graham and the staff.

Also thanks for your help in making the arrangements

Kind regards


Hi Jonathan,

Just to say thank you so much to you all at Docklow Pools for making my husbands stay an enjoyable one. He absolutely loved it. Since I begun to deal with you at initial booking stage, your commitment to providing excellent customer service was apparent and this was backed up by my husband on his return from his holiday. We have both been mightily impressed!

I am sure we’ll be dealing with you again in the future.

Thanks again! Sally C, Huddesfield

13th June 2010
Hi Jonathan

I just wanted to send my sincere thanks again for a great holiday, great fishing, amazing food and fantastic hospitality. All three of us had a brilliant time and we will definitely be re booking for next year. The other lads just have to check with the better halves on the dates.
Ive never met such a hard working family and team – your fortunate to have such hard working and friendly staff.
Anyway, we wish you every success in the future, you all deserve it.

Richard, Scott and Simon