Training Lake at Barford Lakes
This is our Starter Lake at the main Barford Lakes venue.
It is a small lake with 6 pegs on one side and one wide double swim at one end. Primarily used as a training venue for demonstrating basic angling techniques to new anglers, this lake is also available to fish on a general day ticket, but anglers learning to fish can buy a ticket for just this lake for a nominal fee of £2.50.
Formerly established as a stock pond, named the Starter Lake, this was converted to the Training Lake in 1999 with the additional of stagings and pegs. Since then, the lake has been extensively used for training new and potential anglers and is regularly used by many youngsters for tiddler bashing, providing an excellent introduction to the sport!
The Training Lake is particularly popular as anglers are "almost" guaranteed to catch fish on this small, well stocked lake and groups of children can be easily watched given the lack of bankside vegetation. The lake has good access for the less able with a specially designed peg and has regularly been used by groups of special needs children for their monthly out of school trips.
The Lake is very well stocked with small Carp, Brown Goldfish, Roach and Rudd. There should be no fish over 3lb in this lake (although the odd biggie has got in from the pleasure lake).
Peg Layout and Depth
There are six wooden pegs on one side and a very wide double swim at one end which can seat two anglers and an instructor. Fishing is only permitted from these stagings provided.
The lake has an average depth of 4'.
It is a tiny lake and there are bound to be fish around all the pegs. A weed bed is located on the far side of the lake around the area of the double swim and the first three pegs where fish tend to hang.