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Hawton Waters

Attractive 14-acre carp and mixed fish lake with accommodation set in 150 acres of private Nottinghamshire woodland

Hawton Waters - Key Facts

Exclusive 'guests only' well stocked 14-acre lake
Carp to 34lbs and silver fish
Guests can fish overnight
Set in 150 acres of private woodland
Stunning luxury eco-lodge with own boat
Lakeside Shepherd's Hut
Lakeside summerhouse also available overnight
Motorhome and caravan hard standings with facilities
Pets welcome - you can even take your own horse!
Gold Award storage for caravans and motorhomes

A Nottinghamshire Hideaway

The fishing lake at Hawton Waters near Newark, Nottinghamshire

A great place to relax – and catch big fish


In addition to its 14-acre well stocked fishing lake with carp to 34lbs as well as good sized pike and plenty of silver fish, Hawton Waters also offers accommodation in its stunningly appointed luxury lakeside lodge, a new luxury lakeside Shepherds Hut, and a recently opened lakeside summerhouse. Although tents are not catered for, the venue has generously sized hard standing and grass pitches for caravans and motorhomes.

Developed as a place for guests to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life, Hawton Waters offers not only day and night fishing for guests but also an opportunity for them to enjoy paddle boarding, Open Water swimming, or simply taking out a rowing boat on the lake.

It’s also unusual that guests can even take their own horse and enjoy miles of stunning peaceful hacking with stable and private paddocks available!

See lower down the page for details about the fishing.

The accommodation

The Angel luxury lakeside lodge at Hawton Waters near Newark, Nottinghamshire

The Angel luxury lakeside lodge at Hawton Waters


As far as accommodation is concerned, the obvious star of the show is The Angel – a stunning luxury lakeside lodge which has been thoughtfully and carefully designed to offer a space where nature and luxury come together perfectly.

Set within acres of private, well kept grassland which is home to roe deer, barn and long eared owls and other wildlife, The Angel offers 360 degrees of unspoilt panoramic views.

With a lake view roll top bath, King Size bed and French Doors which open out to the water, the bespoke, comfortable and stylish furnishings have been chosen to enhance the calm feel of the surroundings whilst the extra large bay fronted window provides the perfect view of the lake.

The French doors off the bedroom open onto private decking which overlooks the lake and is equipped with with table and chairs and  provides a separate area for outdoor dining in fine weather.

With its own private parking for two cars, The Angel is all set on the ground floor with open-plan living space, a large glass domed sky window which is perfect for star gazing, a large King Sized bedroom with its French doors onto private decking, a kitchen area with electric oven, hob and fridge/freezer and a bathroom with roll-top bath, walk-in double shower and toilet. Outside, The Angel has its own garden.

Included are luxury bed linen and personal bath robes, eco-friendly toiletries, extra blankets, fully equipped kitchen with pots, pans, crockery and cutlery, a Welcome Pack with resort map and local information, the private car parking and electricity and central heating.

The Dragonfly luxury lakeside Shepherds Hut

The Dragonfly luxury lakeside Sherpherds Hut at Hawton Waters near Newark, Nottinghamshire

The Dragonfly luxury lakeside Sherpherds Hut


Just a stones throw from the fishing lake, The Dragonfly Shepherds Hut offers modern comforts with a rustic, back to nature feel.

A comfy double bed, finest Egyptian Cotton linen, waterfall shower and large bespoke kitchen gives The Dragonfly a home-from-home feel. The private lakeside patio is perfect for morning coffee or Alfresco dining in good weather.

Parking is about 25 yards from the Shepherds Hut entrance being a short and enchanting walk through a fairy lit woodland along a pathway leads to the accommodation. In summer months cars can park nearer the shepherd hut if needed.

As with The Angel, included are luxury bed linen and personal bath robes, eco-friendly toiletries, extra blankets, fully equipped kitchen with pots, pans, crockery and cutlery, a Welcome Pack with resort map and local information, private parking for two cars and electricity and central heating.

Caravan and motorhomes welcome

One of Hawton Waters latest additions is the provision of new generously sized hard standing or grass lakeside caravan and motorhome pitches which come with 16 amp electric hook up, fresh water, chemical disposal point and recycling facilities. Dogs are  allowed but must be kept on a lead at all times.

Facilities also include CASSOA Gold Awarded secure storage for caravans, motorhomes and other vehicles.

Flyover of Hawton Waters Lake

Flyover of Hawton Waters Lake

Hawton Waters Lake

The fishing lake at Hawton Waters near Newark, NottinghamshireThere’s plenty of open water on the lake

Available exclusively for those staying at Hawton Waters, the 14-acre lake is a former gypsum quarry which was allowed to fill with water when extraction finished over 20 years ago and was first stocked with fish in 2010. It is that initial stocking which is now throwing up decent sized carp with the largest recorded coming in at 34lbs.

Because of the size of the carp and the lake’s setting, the venue has developed a growing reputation amongst anglers in the Nottingham and Newark area whilst several have even bought their own caravans so they can stay overnight and fish the lake.

A nice carp from Hawton Waters near Newark, Nottinghamshire

A nice Hawton Waters common

In addition to the good head of commons and mirrors, Hawton Waters Lake also holds pike into double figures; roach, rudd and perch to about 1lb; bream to 5lbs; as well as golden orfe and dace, with the silver fish providing great sport for pole and waggler anglers.

Unlike many former quarries, Hawton Waters Lake is not particularly deep having a bowl shaped bottom which drops to a maximum of 10 to 12 feet deep in the center.

One of the features of the lake is that is has quite a weedy bottom by mid summer which means the majority of carp anglers who fish well out opt to fish pop-up boilies. However, fishing closer in can provide equally good results, particularly in the margins for patrolling carp.

Those after the silver fish use either waggler or pole with 3lbs to 4lbs line and Size 14 or 16 hooks. The most popular baits tend to be maggots, sweetcorn or bread fished over a light bed of groundbait or free offerings whilst spinning or deadbaiting are both popular methods used buy anglers targeting the pike.

Hawton Waters allows the use of nut baits whilst anglers arriving in the evening can pre-bait their swim ready for the next morning. Small boats are available for anglers to use to bait up swims when fishing at a distance.

Although there are no purpose built pegs, there are about eight grass pegs between the bushes and a jetty which is ideal for anglers who require wheelchair access.

The lakeside summerhouse at Hawton Waters near Newark in Nottinghamshire

The lakeside summerhouse which is now available for overnight anglers

A new addition is a lakeside summerhouse has now been made available for use by overnight anglers. Whilst it is unfurnished, it offers more comfort and space than a traditional bivvy and provides a dry space for the storage of tackle in wet weather.

Although there are no particular hotspots on the lake, anglers who fish for the carp tend to find the north side away from the lodges is more productive whilst the silver fish can be found throughout the water.

How to get there

From Newark, head south on London Road (B6326)
Slight right onto Portland Street on the B6166
Continue on the B6166 and at the Farndon Roundabout, take the third exit onto Fosse Road
After about a mile turn left onto Hawton Lane
After about another mile turn right onto Cotham Lane
Continue onto Newark Road
After about a mile and a quarter you will find Hawton Waters' entrance
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