Ardington and Lockinge are two attractive downland villages in an area of outstanding beauty close to the busy market town of Wantage.
Ardington is the larger of the two with an ancient church, an awarding-winning shop – Ardington PO & Stores, incorporating Smiths Tea Rooms, an award-winning public house – The Boar’s Head, a well-equipped conference centre at The Loyd Lindsay Rooms and Ardington House, a magnificent venue for weddings and corporate events.
The fishery consists of a series of nine lakes, all interconnected by a stream, fed by springs rising from the nearby Berkshire chalk-downland, and offers fishing for both brown and rainbow trout; it is run on a season-ticket only basis.
Each lake has its own unique characteristic and provides a diversity of fishing experiences.
The main Lockinge Lake, below this, is 3.5 acres in area. This provides a natural fishing situation in a beautiful parkland setting. The water varies in depth from an average of 4 – 5 feet, down to 9 feet, as the dammed watercourse exits to the small lake below.
Park Pool – is approximately half an acre in extent, and its shallow depth allows easy sight of its resident trout
Lodge Pool, is further down in Ardington. It is half an acre in extent and again offers good sight-fishing for trout.
Ardington Lake is approximately 2.5 acres in extent and offers a mixture of clear shallow water, sight-fishing and deep-water fishing.
In the early spring the Church Pool, with its spring-fed rock-feature, surrounded by acres of snowdrops, aconites and cillas is a sight to behold.