The Green Heart of Poringland


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Established in the early Fifties, Poringland Lakes is one of the oldest fisheries in the county.  Its quiet environment, as well as the quality of its waters and fish, attracts mainly local anglers who enjoy the peaceful solitude as much as the fishing.

Several local angling clubs leased the fishing rights from P J Keeler over the years. These included Dukes, Florida Shoe and Norwich Police angling clubs.  Today the fishery is managed by the Poringland Conservation and Fishing Lakes Association under the watchful eye of bailiff Ray Noble.

A mixed fishery, the Lakes contain a good head of double figure carp, including some over 15 lbs as well as bream, perch, roach, rudd and tench.

Not only is Poringland Lakes one of the most attractive facilities locally but is also one of the cheapest.  Day tickets are modestly priced at five pounds and anglers can fish from dawn to dusk, making it excellent value for money. 

The fishery has few rules but one which is strictly applied is that children can only fish if accompanied by an adult. 

We'll keep you up to date with all fishing news including catches, re-stocking etc as the season progresses.  

One of our lady anglers was delighted to land this quality bream.

A typical Poringland carp - this one weighing in at over 14lbs.

Youngsters Try Their Hand

One unexpected but very welcome spin-off from the restoration programme is the number of youngsters visiting the lakes with their parents to try their hand at fishing. 

It’s not unusual to see family groups dipping a line, many for the first time, on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. 

“This is great for the kids” said one Dad.  “We live in the village, so it only takes a few minutes to get here.  The bailiffs have given us a lot of help and the smiles on the boys’ faces when they catch must be seen to be believed.”

Quiet Recreation 


Since Norfolk Homes remodelled the lakes and the location is better publicised, more and more people are visiting the site.  There has been a marked increase in footfall as more and more locals see it as an attractive destination, somewhere to walk to, whether for exercise and health or somewhere for families to visit and watch the fish in the crystal clear spring-fed waters.  Some families have even taken the opportunity to stop by for a picnic! 


Three generations from a local family visit the Lakes on a sunny Spring morning.


In the early to mid Forties, Poringland Pits as they were then known, were a mecca for local youngsters who flocked to the pits in the summer months to swim.  Swimming continued to be a regular activity until the early Fifties.  Today, entering the water for any reason is strictly banned. 

The summer of 1945 and the local children enjoy the cool waters.  In the foreground is David Cordy with centre, Rodney and John Cordy  and Thelma Cordy standing on the platform. (photograph courtesy David Cordy and Poringland Archive).

Looking west from Hillside the area looked like this in 1960. Note the lack of trees and vegetation. Pictured having a swim is Glen Elwin. (photograph courtesy of Barbara Elwin and Poringland Archive).

Looking Back at the Summer of ‘47 

This wonderful picture shows the Parker family relaxing after a swim in Poringland Lakes. 

Taken in about 1947, the photograph features (from left to right) Ivy Parker, Roy Parker, Gladys Parker and Betty Parker. 

Although the scenery has dramatically changed and is now covered by vegetation, the roofs and chimneys of Hillside can clearly be seen above the sheer quarry face.  What is very noticeable is the water level some 60 years ago, was approximately six to eight foot above today’s levels. 

Our thanks to Poringland Archive for permission to publish this superb picture.