Welcome to Docklow Pools

Please note the two important updates below, one for day fishing and one for fishing holidays.

Docklow Pools - Fishing Update

For day fishing or membership enquiries call 015687 60544. Mornings 8am to 11am.

  • * Day Fishing available from Wednesday 13th May, 2020.
  • * Stringent Social distancing rules apply.
  • * All anglers be aware of the rules before attending.
  • * Day Tickets available from kiosk (the tackle shop)
  • * Kiosk open 8am to 11am daily until further notice.
  • * Card only payments
  • * Bait available
  • * Anglers only - no spectators.
  • * No moving pegs
  • * Pegs available will be "even numbers" i.e. 2, 4, 6 etc. thus leaving a mandatory peg in between each angler
  • * All anglers off premises by 7pm at the latest.
  • * Environment Agency license required to fish Docklow Pools.

Memberships

  • * Renewals from kiosk when open
  • * Regular day tickets should consider a membership if coming here often.

Important Fishing Holidays update

FOR THE ATTENTION OF GUESTS STAYING AT DOCKLOW POOLS - 5th TO 20TH JUNE 2020 - HOLIDAY COMMUNICATION

We have been closed here at Docklow Pools since the 22nd March following the instructions of the government because of the Coronavirus pandemic. It is a decision that has been made to consider us all, from customers to staff. It will have a threatening impact on our lovely small business, but even still after the awful events of the last two months worldwide, we believe it to be the best thing.

All our holidays customers staying with us up until the 30th May 2020, have been contacted to do something with their holidays as effectively they were cancelled. The Government intend to review the lockdown again on 1st June. It could well be that the lockdown continues, or it could be that with very specific rules normally explained a few days later, that holiday venues and 2nd homes can reopen.

We are not cancelling any holidays after the 30th May until after that announcement. But I am conscious to everyone who is in limbo, to try and give them an option:

  • 1. Sit tight see what the Government announce on the 1st June - may have to cancel your holiday (which if they do, we will contact you about what you want to do). Do not pay any remaining balances until its clear to do so. Or it may well be that the holiday can go ahead as planned. You will make that decision after the next announcement.

  • 2. Move the holiday to another time - ideally 2020, but if necessary 2021. There will no charge for doing so.

Of all the holidays over the whole spring to autumn period, these 3 weeks in June are the ones where it is the most unclear - April/May was clear they had to be cancelled. July is a good chance of opening safely and everything onwards too. But June we just do not know until that announcement on the 1st June.

So, I am trying to help and be as fair as possible.

If you would like to move the holiday, then please let me know. We will contact you either way if the holiday is still in place for June to discuss the way forward.

Please be patient with me, as I want to do this personally, but the volume of calls is enormous. The employment rules mean all the staff have been told to stay away, so it is literally myself, Laura and Simon left. I can understand people are anxious to know what is going on - the importance is you know what we can do. Ultimately, it is about being safe.

For me, unless you have a real pressing wish or circumstance to avoid those dates, then maybe it is best to sit tight and wait.

We are going to review the 30th May holidays onwards on the 2nd June officially. If the Government allow us to open, we will.

Fishing started again this week, which is a positive sign. There are some green shoots of recovery, but very important the government unlocks the country, slowly, carefully, and safely.

You will see by the actions taken in the last two months that I believe the right actions have been taken throughout.

To help us stay alive we will be trying to get breaks rebooked - that is what we desperately need. So, if you love Docklow then please look to get it rebooked. Yet with so much uncertainty you and I cannot be sure when that will be.

These are very much unprecedented times for sure.

Docklow looks fabulous have to say and it has been fishing so well before the lock down and again now in the last few days. So, I hope people can enjoy the countryside for everyone's sanity.

On a final note I want to thank you for understanding and cooperation. We are so lucky to have such fantastic customers and staff who totally understand the financial implications of a global pandemic.

Any questions do get in touch.

Please stay safe.

Jonathan Bozward

Adult Only Fishing Holidays

Docklow Pools fishing holidays offer a quiet beautiful fishery set in tranquillity of 110 acres of countryside in the north of Herefordshire, near the borders of Shropshire & Worcestershire. The perfect setting for fishing holidays and possibly the oldest if not the most handsome venue of its kind in the UK.

The Bozward family have been at West End Farm (as it was then known) since 1972 when it was a working farm, and our first pool, The Mickey Mouse, was dug out at a time when bed and breakfast at the farmhouse was £1 a night! ... how times have changed.

We take pride in the hard work and endeavour that followed, we expanded the pools over the years, listened to what anglers and their families wanted from us, and in 1972-1980 we converted what was a derelict barn into our first cottages ... Mill Cosy and Poolside.

The farm soon became known as Docklow Pools and the sheep and cows gave way to what we have today... a well established fishery, comfortable accommodation, good food and sport.

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How many fishing holidays in the UK can boast all this?

  • Certainly the prettiest and most picturesque place for fishing holidays & breaks in the UK. Beautiful surroundings, fantastic scenery, fresh air, relaxation the delights of Herefordshire
  • Predominately we are a “Couples” business intended for peaceful enjoyable times.
  • Adults only - Residents over 18 years old.
  • Nine established fishing lakes - Including a carp & catfish lake called the Major Bill. A Tench pool. The unique Canal/Snake which is pole anglers dream. Great fishing and great choice
  • Six private river stretches across the county, two of which are on the famous River Wye for barbel. Additionally on the productive River Teme and for trotting on the River Lugg
  • Great access and convenience to the lakes, facilities and accommodation
  • A wide choice of accommodation. From bungalows to Barn conversions. Premier properties to Pet Friendly. Lodges to Bed & Breakfast.
  • Bar and Restaurant in the 17th Century Farmhouse, boasting lots of character and log fires on site along with superb great value pub food.
  • See our trip advisor reviews www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Docklowpools
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