Over the summer, the Canal & River Trust has been celebrating National Fishing Month (which actually runs between 21 July – 3 September 2017), encouraging people up and down the country to get out in the fresh air, sit back and cast a line into the water. One place you can do this in the West Midlands is Earlswood Lakes, a trio of reservoirs set in beautiful woodland near Solihull.
Earlswood Lakes comprises three reservoirs: Terry’s Pool, Engine Pool and Windmill Pool. Each of them is around 22 acres in size, built in 1821 to feed the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal. The lakes boasts healthy stocks of carp, pike and bream and the opportunity to pull in some weighty catches make Earlswood one of the leading fisheries in the UK. It’s also well equipped, with 80 large timber platforms fitted with bankstick and umbrella holders.
At Terry’s Pool, fishing is only permitted on the head back adjoining Engine Pool – the rest of the lake is a nature reserve. Keep your eyes peeled for pipistrelle bats, muntjac deer and snapping turtles. Windmill Pool shares the water with the local sailing club.
There are footpaths circling the lakes if you fancy a stroll. On the edge of Engine Pool, you’ll find a Grade II listed Engine House. While you’re in the area, be sure to visit nearby Packwood House, a Tudor manor managed by the National Trust that has stunning parkland walks.
If all this ambling and fishing has worked up an appetite, try either the Reservoir pub by Windmill Pool or wander over to Earlswood Craft Centre, which has a tea room. Parking is available in Malthouse Lane car park or Wood Lane car park.
The nearest train station is The Lakes, which is a request stop for services between Birmingham and Stratford.
Earlswood Lakes fishery is managed by the Canal & River Trust. For more information, opening times and prices, visit the dedicated page on our website.