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Welcome to Sopley Lake

Sopley Lake is situated behind Sopley Farm PYO, on Derritt Lane which runs from Sopley to Bransgore. The lake is a former gravel pit of around 10 acres in size, of which aggregate was extracted from in the 1980’s then naturally filled with water once the workings were complete. This quiet area surrounded by woodland is available these days for fishing, camping, water sports and as a wedding/events venue.

Please see our camping and accommodation page for more information on our log cabin and shepherds hut.

 

Sopley Lake is now also a venue for New Forest Activities. Check out their website for all of their latest activities!

www.newforestactivities.co.uk


Weddings at Sopley Lake

Set in a beautiful idyllic woodland location on the edge of The New Forest, Sopley Lake is the ideal venue for your wedding reception, special party or corporate event and is available to hire from mid April to October.

We have a large, secluded area to the side of the Lake which is surrounded by trees where a tent or marquee can be placed, with stunning views of the lake. We also have to offer ample parking, toilets and fresh water. Our shepherds hut or log cabin accommodation can also be hired for your party if you wish to stay over. Or take a look at www.forestyurts.com as these yurts are also situated around Sopley Lake.

To view our lake here in Sopley, Dorset please contact Rachel at RSVP New Forest on 07707 673660 or 07936 373138  who can help you with all of the arrangements for your special day.

Also take a look at our News & Contacts for suggested caterers and photographers.


Fishing at Sopley Lake

Fishing will take place during the permitted times only as shown below.

May - Oct

Day ticket (Mon-Fri)  -  £10
9am to  6pm
24 hour ticket  -  N/A

Nov - Apr   Members only

 

Under 16’s may only fish between May and October having purchased a day ticket and MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times. The prices above include the use of up to two rods.

Fishing Rules

The lake will now be CLOSED for fishing at weekends for day tickets. Day ticket fishing will now only take place between Monday and Friday, 9am - 6pm. If there is an event on, the lake will also be closed for members, however we will endeavour to contact members via email in advance but do call the office to check. New Forest Activities will also be using the lake during the summer for kayaking/canoeing but the lake will stay open.

  1. If purchasing a ticket, this must be done from our Farm Shop on arrival. Anyone found fishing without a ticket or membership card will be banned from fishing the lake.
  2. Entrance to the lake for members must be obtained from the gate on Harpway Lane. For day ticket users, please use the gate on Derritt Lane for the “pick your own” next to the Farm Shop.
  3. Vehicles are to be parked in the car park with members car passes on display at all times. Vehicles are NOT to be driven around the lake. 
  4. For members, 24 hour fishing is a lock-in between 6pm and 9am, except in cases of emergency. You are expected to stay by your swim and under no circumstances must friend’s visit or fast food deliveries be arranged.
  5. All fish are to be returned to the water in landing nets or mats as soon as possible. Never should they be carried back or thrown in.
  6. Please ensure landing nets have been disinfected prior to arrival.
  7. A current rod license must be held.
  8. Barbless hooks only are to be used and no braided main line.
  9. The use of nut baits, bait boats and leadcore leaders is also not allowed.
  10. Toilets are available close to the lake. Please use them as anyone found excreting in the bushes will be asked to leave.
  11. All litter and unused bait should be taken home with you.
  12. Please do not light any fires and be considerate with noise. No music or parties allowed.
  13. Strictly no alcohol is permitted.

Call or email us

01425 672451

07587 633111

sopleyfarm@live.co.uk

Our address

Sopley Farm
Sopley
Christchurch, Dorset
BH23 7AZ

Our address

Cat & Fiddle Farm
Lyndhurst Road
Hinton, Christchurch, Dorset
BH23 7DS