T: 01293 886598

img 1308333780 875"I'd like to come fishing. What do I do?"


We recommend you telephone (01293 886598) before you visit. We won't turn you away for not ringing (unless we're full, of course), but if there's a match on the lake you'd particularly like to fish (we do have mid week matches, and occasionally functions reserving the whole complex) - then you may be disappointed. Also, if it's the first time you've visited, we can show you where to go, since you cannot see the lakes from either the bailiffs house, the road or the car park. Lastly, if we're having maintenance work done – the fishery is occasionally closed, and there's a message to this effect on the ansafone.

Woodpeckers is halfway along the Old Hollow in Worth, near Crawley. Our post code is RH10 4TA, but as soon as you are on Old Hollow, please turn your Sat Nav OFF (it will take you up the wrong drive !) Instead, look out for a BLUE and YELLOW SIGN at both sides of the bottom of our drive. The signs say PESTARREST Pest Control ( and WOODPECKERS Coarse Fishery. Drive up the drive, and call in at the bungalow at the top of the drive where signed.

woodpeckers familyYou'll be met by either David or Dianne who will take your payment. (You may be greeted by our noisy dalmatians - but unless you have a couple of lamb chops with you, they'll lose interest quickly.) Once you've paid, drive on and right - down the main drive to the Car Park and once you've unloaded, walk through the gate which is signed Welcome to Woodpeckers and follow the track down the side of the field. At the bottom of that track, the lakes are ahead of you, and they're all signed. Best to bring a trolley or a barrow.



Unfortunately, due to the recent increase in the numbers of interested people, we no longer permit viewing of the lakes unless in special circumstances (disabled anglers concerned of the access to the lakes etc.). Our regular anglers inform us that this is one aspect of the fishery they particularly enjoy.


img 1308333874 389Facilities

We have a toilet on our large car park. We have shelters at Woodpeckers and Ospreys Lakes, and barbecue facilities can be made available. For your convenience, cold drinks, chocolate bars and limited baits (sweetcorn, luncheon meat, crusty bread and slow sinking trout pellets) are available at the bailiffs house.

Detailed water depth contour maps of Woodpeckers and Ospreys Lakes are available to purchase for your convenience at

A fishing directory for coarse, game & sea angling in the UK and worldwide is availble at


Local Tackle Shops:

The Tackle Warehouse, Unit 23 - 26 Rutherford Way, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 9RD
Tel. 01293 550907 Website:
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Jack Frost Tackle Ltd., Reynolds Place, West Green, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 7HB
Tel. 01293 521186 Website: Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dan's Sports Den Ltd., Unit B Tilgate Place (behind Tilgate Parade), Tilgate, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 5BH   Tel. 07935 978195 F: Dan's Sports Den. Sells Fishing Tackle BUT NO BAIT


Also on site at Woodpeckers:

Pestarrest Pest Control Service
Tel. 01293 884823 Web E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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