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Car park dodgy at Slough House West

The car park at Slough House Farm West is well chopped up.  The owner says he will drop some stones down but in the meantime is happy for members to park on the drier spots close to the lake.

Mudwatch

I have been reminded (after a new member got stuck in the mud at New Hall) to resurrect this Mudwatch post:

Extreme caution (6) (unless you own a 4WD vehicle):

Brick Kiln Pond – the car park is churned up.  We will forgive you for parking outside the gate under these circumstances.
Little Park 1 & 2 – the track is good but in regular use by farm vehicles.  There is now a new key padlock on the white gates.  The grass car park can get very slippery.
New Hall – the access track is good but please do not drive beyond the water works entrance as the car park is extremely muddy and you will probably get stuck.
Slough House West – the car park in the farm yard is churned up and treacherous.
Whitehouse Farm – re-opened 1st Feb – Water level very high.  Pages Lane is firm but pot-holed (work in progress to repair).  The side track is muddy but the car park is OK if you can get that far.  Please do not try and drive beyond the car park as this is all churned up:

The banks at Whitehouse Farm are now slippery as well following extensive works to clear the undergrowth around the lake:

Good/Fair (11):

Beckingham Hall – fine if you park just inside the gate on the right but increasingly iffy the further up the slope you go.
Bog Grove – the track has now been repaired and the car park resurfaced so as long as you keep off the grassy bits all will be OK.  Bark chippings have been applied to some of the paths and swims but please proceed to your swim with extra caution as the sloping banks are made of clay and can be very slippery underfoot.
Heron Hall – firm track and car park but fairly tight for turning round.  The small layby opposite the gate is flooded again.
Little London – the access is firm but uphill, the car park has been resurfaced.  Turning round can be a bit tight.
Howells – the track is firm although the car park can get a bit churned up due to regular use.
Railway Pond – parking on the tarmac spur road.  Water level high.
River Blackwater (Station Road) – the entrance to the car park has been improved with hardcore and the car park is much firmer than it looks.  Under no circumstances park outside of the car park and especially not in front of the entrance to the horses field!
Rook Hall 1,2 & 3 – re-opened 1st Feb – solid car park just inside the gate on the right.  Please do not drive on the grass.  Water levels high.
Slough House Farm – the car park is sound but there is a large puddle just outside the gate.  Please do not drive up the side of the car park.  The padlock has been changed to a combination lock to hopefully make it easier to get in and out.
Totham Pit – well established hard standing, no problems here.

Slough House West evening shoot on Tue 15th Sep at 5pm

With good numbers of duck using the pond and geese regularly flighting in the early evening conditions are favourable for an evening flight which I hope to hold on Tuesday 15th September. I therefore need to request that anglers be off the pond by 5pm. I will put up an appropriate notice over the weekend. I will not be holding any more evening shoots until some time in October. Thanks - Alan.

Duck shooting at Slough House West

Members are warned that there will be organised shoots at Slough House West between 1st Sep and 31st Jan.  The owner of the lake does not want us to close the fishery to members during these five months so the lake remains open throughout but members are asked not to proceed onto the venue if shooting is in progress.  Most of the shoots will take place on a Friday morning so it is wise to avoid Slough House West on a Friday until noon.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused and normality will resume on 1st Feb 2016.

Slough House West – please avoid on Friday mornings until February.

Slough House West to close early on Wednesday 7th January

There is a planned shoot at Slough House West on Tuesday 13th January (weather permitting) in the afternoon.  Please can you pack up and leave early as soon as the first shooters arrive.

Slough House West, an unsafe place for ducks between 1st Oct and 31st Jan.

Save £50 on life membership

If you have been considering joining on a life membership I recommend that you do so before the end of March 2015.  This is because we only have a few left and a current life membership costs £700 but this will increase to £750 on 1st April 2015.  I appreciate that a week before Christmas is not the best time to tell you this but we do offer a cheque spread option to ease the financial burden.  Click here and scroll down a bit for more information.

Life membership gives you plenty of time to try our new lakes, like Slough House West pictured above, as well as our long established fisheries.

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