Situated in the
1000 acre Cinder Hill
Estate on the edge of Ashdown
the fisheries consist
of two picturesque venues,
namely Cinder Hill and Piplye,
each in a secluded valley and having
three lakes, in lovely
surroundings, with an abundance
of wildlife to be seen when one
quietly goes about the business
All the waters are stream fed
and, subject to conditions,
regularly stocked with quality,
hard fighting, rainbow and brown
Although generally known as top,
middle and bottom lake at both
venues, all apart from the top
pool at Cinder Hill, do have
names, which are shown in the
details for each water.
There is a chemical toilet at
each site and a fishing hut with
weighing scales and catch return
sheets for members to book in
and out and to weigh and record
their catches (or not as the
case might be!).
Access to the venues and huts is
protected by combination
padlocks, with the code only
being known to current members
with data on stocking levels and
catches also only available for
members to view in the
Member's Area of this website..
During the autumn the estate
also carries out shooting of
both duck and pheasant. At
the times when this is taking place,
a venue will be closed to
fishing for a period. The other
venue however, will nearly
always still be open. Dates and
details of any water closures
will be posted in the Member's
Unfortunately, due to the nature
of the two sites, the waters are
not suitable for wheelchair
access or for those with limited
Cinder Hill Lakes
The top three of a chain of eight man made lakes running
all the way down to Horsted Keynes, constructed by
damming the Cockhaise Brook
stream which eventually flows into the
A really beautiful location, especially in April when
the bluebells are out.
Given the normal British
winter, with plenty of rain, due to very wet ground
conditions making access risky for other than 4 wheel
drive vehicles, the venue doesn't open for
fishing until the 1st April each year and closes on the
approximately one acre in area, Top Pool is
the most popular lake at Cinder Hill as it provides
comfortable fishing for those not wishing or unable to
walk very far..
addition to the stocked fish, the occasional wild
brown trout is sometimes caught, having entered the
lake via the feeder stream. These should always be
safely returned, hopefully to grow a bit bigger and
breed in the stream.
top lake in the chain, over the years the water has
acted as a silt trap, with the top end where the feeder
stream enters, becoming completely filled in. Never the
less, the remaining water remains a reasonable depth and
provides good conditions for the fish.
Middle Lake (Hurstwood Pool)
Approximately one and a half acres in area, Hurstwood Pool is the middle
of the three lakes at Cinder Hill.
water is situated at the dam end, while it is fairly
shallow at the top end where the feeder stream enters
Bottom Lake (McArthurs Pool)
approximately two acres in area, McArthurs Pool is the
largest of the three lakes at Cinder Hill and indeed the
largest of all the Syndicate waters.
pontoon is situated on the east bank, giving access to
the deeper areas of the lake.
Three man made lakes, again constructed by damming two
small streams which eventually flow into the Sussex Ouse.
With a hardcore access track and parking area,
despite the best efforts of the normal British winter,
even if we have plenty of rain, ground conditions remain
suitable for vehicles all year and the venue therefore
opens for fishing on the 1st March each year and closes
on the 31st November.
Top Lake (Grubbero Pool)
an adjacent area of woodland, at approximately an acre
in area, Grubbero Pool is the largest of the waters at Piplye.
The lake was
drained in 2011 and all the fish, weed and silt removed.
That winter was very dry and the lake remained empty
until the welcome rain in the spring of 2012 enabled it
to fill and be re-stocked.
Since then, in
addition to the stocked trout, the lake has also become the home of
some very large carp, washed in as fry from a lake further up the
feeder stream during a period of spate.
To view an article
on the desilting of Grubbero Pool, please click
Middle Lake (Piplye Pool)
The smallest of all the Syndicate waters, being
approximately half an acre in area, Piplye Pool is fed
by a different stream to Grubbero.
small size it is fairly deep and remains reasonably
clear throughout the season.
Bottom Lake (Roundwood Pool)
Also named after
an adjacent area of woodland and with an area of approximately
half an acre, Roundwood Pool is fed by the combined
flow through both Grubbero and Piplye Pools.
are also present in addition to the stocked trout and
their activities tend to make the water somewhat
coloured most of the time, however, this doesn't seem to
detract from the quality of trout captured from the
Vital to the
enable us to
provide safe and adequate access to the waters by keeping the
bankside growth in check, removing excessive weed etc. while
keeping subscriptions at an affordable level. This
and the need
a reserve to
the rest of
spent on the
work parties are
to get to
know some of
and are all
members are encouraged to help out if they are able, working at
own pace under the direction of the person in charge for the
session, using their own or our tools and equipment. No one is
be asked to do more than they feel capable of.
morning during the
week, with participants
meeting up at
a bit of a
Members can view details of past and forthcoming work parties by
logging in to the Member's Area.
As an incentive and reward, those taking
part in a