Darwell Reservoir


The work party and boat induction on Sunday 16th July has been cancelled

It will be rescheduled.

By far our largest water, Darwell Reservoir was formed in the early 1950s and covers some 156 acres (63.4 hectares) and just over 1 mile long! It is set in some of the most dramatic, unspoiled Sussex countryside with wild boar and deer roaming around, Ospreys and Buzzards overhead and superb specimens swimming in the water!


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Darwell Reservoir is a bit of an unknown. The true size of many of the reservoirs fish are still a mystery due to the vastness in size of the reservoir.

What is known is that the water holds some huge predatory fish including pike to 20lb+, perch over 3lb and eels to 8lb+. Darwell reservoir also holds carp that we know of to 22lb, mostly commons with very rare mirrors, locating them is the key but once you find them, bumper catches can be had.

Dave Sherwood 14lb10oz Common Carp

The water also boasts a great selection of match fish with huge shoals of roach reaching in excess of 2lb and many dace.

There are also big Bream and Tench plus in the past the trout fisherman often reported catching large chub.

The reservoir still holds the odd brown and rainbow trout left over from the last 50 years of trout fishing.



Access is from the CADAC car park ONLY!

A few CADAC members have already been caught by the gamekeeper close to the South shore!

CADAC members are allowed to fish along the dam wall (apart from the last 50m at Southern end) and along the North Bank, anyone found elsewhere will be banned from the club!


Fishing boats at Darwell.

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We have four 18ft fishing boats at Darwell for our members to use on a booking basis.

Members can get a key for the hut first by sending £20 deposit, plus your name and address to the clubs address and you will be issued a key after attending a boat use safety induction. Once you have the key to the hut, you may book a boat. That's it, no extra fees to pay when you use the boats.

From the car park, we have access to most of the dam wall and the northern bank (although when reservoir is full you will need to use our boats to access most of the Northern bank as only the first 250m is accessible by foot when full). Use of these boats will be regulated under strict rules for obvious safety reasons.

Cranbrook and District Angling Club strives to offer waters with something for everyone and we hope that with Darwell as one of our exclusive waters, we do just that.

CADAC members must make sure they are aware of (and comply with) the rules for this water to the letter.

Read more about the Darwell Reservoir Rules


Members are permitted to use 3 rods here.


Public access to our waters is not permitted.
Access to all CADAC waters is strictly for members only.
All our waters are secured with padlocks.
Members can find the code on the back of their current Membership Card.