Shotton Hall Pond, a truly unique and excusive opportunity to be, and to be able to fish in the North East -There is no other place like it.
About Shotton Hall Pond
Shotton Hall was originally an 18th Century fine country house and grounds. It is currently owned by Peterlee Town Council and is both a wedding, and conferencing venue, as well as the Council’s administrative offices. The pond at Shotton Hall is roughly as old as the Hall itself. The Ordnance Survey six-inch map of England and Wales of 1861 clearly shows the ‘fish pond’ in its current place and almost identical shape.
The pond is not particularly deep, but it does have an abundant natural stock of native freshwater course fish including - Tench, Bream, Roach, Rudd, Perch, Crucian and a small number of both Common and Mirror Carp, as well as Eels. A true mixed fishery.
Despite a ‘no fishing’ policy being in place, the pond has been sporadically fished over the years. Sadly, many of these anglers have not had the skill or equipment to fish the water correctly and this has led to some small levels of damage, litter, discarded tackle and foul-hooked fish. In November 2017 Peterlee Town Council took the decision to open up the fishing rights to the pond to proper anglers who would work with the Council to ensure the pond is fished responsibly and to enable the small amount of revenue raised to be used to invest in the upkeep of the pond as a natural habitat.
Shotton Hall grounds are open from 8.30am Monday to Friday. Day tickets are available Monday to Friday only, and must be pre-booked by either calling in person at the reception of Shotton Hall, or telephoning 0191 5862491 at least 24 hours prior to fishing. For membership enquiries, please follow the same process of either enquiring in person at Shotton Hall, or telephoning the Hall on 0191 5862491. The grounds are closed and locked at 5.00pm Monday – Thursday, and 4.30pm Friday. Any cars left in the car park must be removed by 5pm (4.30pm on a Friday) or they will be locked in.
Shotton Hall pond is open to members of the Shotton Hall Angling Club fishing syndicate and day ticket holders only. Shotton Hall Angling Club is a non-profit organisation with all club funds going towards the running of the club, the maintenance of the pond and all of it's surroundings.
From 2nd January 2024, new memberships will be available. These are obtained in person only at Old Shotton Hall.
Current members of 2023 will have until Wednesday 31st January 2024 to renew their membership. From Thursday 1st February 2024, any remaining places will be offered to all on the waiting list and any new member who wishes to join Shotton Hall Angling Club.
All new members are required to supply two passport-sized photographs upon application. One is for club records, and the second is affixed to your membership card. Current 2023 members, please bring your membership with you to the Hall when you renew your 2024 membership, along with your in-date Environment Agency rod license.
The 'pay-per-fish' payment system of 2023 has been replaced by a one-off fee and is broken up into two categories. Firstly, on the date of application, if a prospective member is UNDER 16 years of age (proof of age is required upon application) they will only be required to pay £10 for a full years membership. Secondly, those aged 16 years and above on the date of application, there is a one-off fee of £35 with no need to pay every time you fish.
Members will have the facility to obtain their own key to our own angling gate at a cost of £10. This fee is refundable should you ever leave the club. This key provides access to our own gate into Shotton Hall grounds and allows you to fish out of Shotton Hall opening/closing times.
Day tickets will also be available at £15 each during Shotton Hall opening times. This day ticket allows you to fish during Shotton Hall open times during Monday to Friday only, and is only available on the day of application. There are no day tickets available for weekend or out of Shotton Hall opening hours.
All fees are to be paid at the reception of Shotton Hall. Card payments only please, we do not accept cash. There will be in any season a maximum of 50 Shotton Hall Angling Club/syndicate members. You will be asked for photo ID and proof of residence when you apply for membership. Membership of the syndicate/club and day tickets are all subject to the Club Rules, please read and understand all these rules before applying. If a member or day ticket holder are found to be in breach of any rules then they will generally receive one warning, and an opportunity to rectify their behaviour. A second breach will result of them being removed from the Shotton Hall Angling Club syndicate without further notice or refund, and they will lose the right to fish at Shotton Hall Pond. Serious breaches of the rules will result in immediate removal from the Shotton Hall Angling Club syndicate.
Saturday & Sunday - Closed
Every Bank Holiday - Closed
There is no fishing permitted at Shotton Hall Pond during every calendar month of May. This is to broadly coincide with the coarse fish spawning season. This also gives the pond and surroundings a rest and allows us to carry out improvement work. Anyone fishing the pond during this closed season will be asked to leave, and will be banned from the Shotton Hall Angling Club syndicate.
We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.
Old Shotton Hall, Peterlee, County Durham, SR8 2PH, United Kingdom