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A quick guide including photos, video clip and brief description of the swims on both the Car Park and Valley Lakes.

01. Kings Corner
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A substantial swim made of telegraph poles covering the head corner of the lake. Often in the summer carp will sit underneth the swim enjoying the shade. Greater Reed Mase to your left and right margins, with plenty of gravel in front, depths batter down to 6ft. This is an ultra carpy looking swim which even has a picnik bench for maximum comfort. You could litterally be said to be sat on the throne of the lake when angling from here. 

02. The Viper
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Carp are rarely far away from this swim with fish holding features including, water lilies, shallow margins and reeds. Located next to a small cherry tree and thick bankside foliage including pampas grasses, the angler has much bankside cover to nestle behind. Depths drop off to 7ft with the bottom consisting mainly of clay. This swim can be a top place to surface fish in the warmer days where you can often catch within inches of the bank.

03. Sunset View
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A good day session swim which has produced numbers of 30lb+ fish over the time. The hedge behind gives plenty of shade along the margins making them full of carp in the summer. Depths range from 2-7ft with the bottom being mainly clay.

04. Hedge Bank
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A very popular swim for many reasons. Spacious & comfortable, with a table and bench situated nearby its the perfect spot to plot a bivvy. Its close proximity to Sunset View, makes it the ideal social swim. You have a big range of water which has a whole host of features, including the monk channel, a top spot on the lake. One of the most consistant swims, depths range from 2ft in the near margins to 7ft in open water.

05. Back Lay Bay
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A sheltered bay at the shallowest end of the lake lending it’s self to a range of different methods. Plenty of margin fishing along the reed lined edge of this prolific spot. Further out in open water, the plato in front gives great features to fish on! Depths range from  2-6ft with the bottom consisting of mainly clay with odd silt beds.

07. Reeds Alley
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As the name suggests, reeds are a prominent feature in this swim, creating the perfect habbitat for carp. Traps set along these margins work as does surface fishing in the warmer months. Not a swim for the faint hearted. This swim has depths ranging from 3 to 6ft.

08. Causeway
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The Causeway features a plato in open water, with a treelined margin featuring overhanging sedges. This allows you to do a bit of everything in this proliffic swim. Depths vary from arond 2ft in the margins to 6ft at the bottom of the near ledge. In the colder winter months this swim does tend to produce,especially to bait fished a third of the way across in the open water.

09. Bird Bank
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A popular swim, which consistently throws up big fish. A prominent feature of the lake is the monk drain down facility, named after our brethren, who brought the carp we fish for, into our country, in and around 1520. For your information to remember this fact there is a rhyme that goes “fifteen twenty in that year, Carp hops and beer”. Also a slightly deeper gulley can be found, making this a good swim summer or winter. A bench is situated here to add to your comfort.

10. The View
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Reed Fringed Margins make this swim a carp haven all year round. Depths range from 2-3ft in the edge to 6-7ft further out. A popular tactic here is two fish at the bottom of the near side shelf at about 15yards with a method feeder.

11. Herron Way
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Close to the carpark and The View, this swim is ideal for a quick overnighter or a day session with a mate. Like The View, the bottom of the marginal slope is a patrole route for the carp and is always worth setting a trap, hugely populer,producing large haules throughout the year.

12. Guvoner's Box
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The swim is named after boxing promoter Barry Hearn, a long associate of Fryerning. A particularly large and challenging swim, due to the amount of options you have. To the left facing you is the south west corner of the main bar and to the right a smaller more intimate bar. With lilly pads to your right and the out of bounds bank to your left this swim is a haven for the larger specimens of the lake. Seats and a bench are also provided with your comfort in mind.

13. The Slab
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The Slab is located on the south east side of the lake just in front of two rearing ponds. Commanding a large area of unpressured water this gives you a great opportunity for large multiple catches. Facing the bar a chuck of about 40 yards will see you land on the top of it. The depths range from 3ft on the bar and nearside margins to 12ft in the deeper open water. On hot sunny days carp can often be seen cruising straight in front, giving you the perfect opportunity to surface fish. In the colder months a shorter cast to the deeper water regularly produces fish. With its varying depths, and amount of unpressured water a variety of techniques could be employed to land your P.B. from here.

14. Newt Corner
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Tucked out of the way and surrounded by pampas grass and lush foliage, with a next pond behind you, Newt Corner is a little paradise. The swim has loads of carpy features to go at with marginal reeds a plenty and beds of lily pads. A small flick of the lead into open water will land you on some gravel and solid clay patches. Many P.B. carp have been landed from here over the years and a quick look through the catch report shows this swim to be very consistent. Located next to the swim is a table and bench for the anglers convienience.

 

15. The Nook
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Situated in the centre of the back bank, this swim gives the angler a view of most of the Valley lake, making it perfect for observing showing fish. Facing the north east end of the bar and looking up towards Monk bank and Guvoner’s Box, A 20 yard flick puts you on top of the bar. A popular spot to target with depths of 3ft and sloping off to twelve, it’s an obvious fish hotspot. Densely reed filled margins going out some 9ft, as well as a nearby Willow tree gives you plenty of privacy and shelter from the elements.

16. The Nest
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An exceptionally good margin fishing swim, this is very popular with anglers who like to go for this kind of approach. The corner to your right hosts a whole range of features both underwater and above including hard patches of clay, reeds and cover from a Willow tree. The reed filled margin to the left is the perfect place to ambush carp. Tucked away at the end of the lake with a bench nearby, this is a lovely secluded spot.

17. Haulers Corner
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Surrounded by bamboo and reeds, this picturesque swim also includes a log stack, and bench. As the name suggests Haulers Corner has a bit of a good reputation, especially for some of the larger specimens in the lake. Similar in depths to the 30yd bar, this is a good spot to target carp all year round.

 

18. 30 Yard Bar
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To the right of the swim, a log stack can be found giving much needed shelter in the winter months. A wooden table and bench next to the swim, makes this the perfect spot to have a chat and a cup of tea with you mates.

Facing the lakes biggest underwater feature, the main gravel bar, many anglers make a bee line for this swim. On top of the bar depths are approximately 3ft going down to 11ft as you come off it. A rod placed halfway down the marginal slope also works, especially on a warm summers night. The 30yard bar produces  numbers of big fish, summer and winter, a quick look through the catch reports will confirm just how good it can be here.

19. Log Swim
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Looking at the end of the out of bounds bank opposite right and open water to your left, this swim gives you plenty of options to ambush fish amongst their patrol routes. Depths vary from 12ft at its deepest to just 3ft in the margins. The bottom consists of mainly clay with odd patches of gravel. This log swim is one of the most popular on the Valley lake winter and summer. 

20. Hatchery Bank
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This swim has smashed many an anglers P.B. over the years. A quick look across to the far bank margins makes it easy to see why. Lined with reeds, lillies and over hanging trees this is the perfect sanctuary for carp. The 3ft deep far margins dramatically drop of to around 12ft also giving you an inviting slope to target.

 

21. Last Pool
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Facing the out of bounds bank and its vast array of marginal features there is little chance of other anglers encroaching upon your water. The 3ft reed lined margin batters down quickly to 12ft and is the obvious area to target with it being a parole route for marauding Carp. The nearside margins however often throw up some surprises for the quieter, stealthier angler.

 

22. Lilly Swim
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Backing on to our Research and Development Building and opposite the Monk Drain this swim often gets ignored with many anglers favouring The Hatchery Bank or Log Swims. Depths here go to 13ft and obviously much shallower in the margins at around 3ft. As well as the obvious lily patches and reed lined margins, this swim has some lovely hard clay and gravel patches too target. A swim that tends to throw up the bigger fish, a quick flick through the catch reports show that those that fish here often have top results.

 

23. Monk Bank
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Only a short walk from the car park this is the most easily accessed of all the valley lake swims. With depths to 13ft and shelter from the prevailing wind by the main lake dam, Monk Bank is often one of the most comfortable areas of the lake for both fish and angler during the colder months. An abundance of features are to be found in this lovely intimate bay including dense reed lined margins, patches of lily pads, a concrete monk drain and a whole section of the out of bounds bank to target. With more than enough features and room to go at for two anglers, and seating to the rear, this is the ideal social swim.