Riverside – Gatwick Lake


Riverside Garden Park


This intimate park lake is probably our most prolific venue making it a great place to start for beginners.  For those with more experience it offers a chance to get a bend in the rod.  Although relatively shallow there are plenty of fish of all species here, you really don’t know what you will catch next!  The dense beds of lilies offer a beautiful backdrop to watch a float in the summer with every chance of delicate tench bubbles appearing behind it followed by that tell tale lift…
Despite being by Gatwick Airports South Terminal, it is surprisingly tranquil and you will find an abundance of wildlife to distract you, along with the sound of the stream trickling along behind your swim.  It is also a venue which lends itself to the roving approach where you can stalk the fish from the clear water in and around the small bays and overhanging snags.  Ledgered baits will account for fish to good sizes but ensure your line is up to the job of steering your prize clear of the snags.
In winter this venue continues to produce, with the silver species coming to the fore.  Bread, Maggots, Worms and Casters are recommended with smaller hooks and finer line once the pads have died back.

Known Species

  • Bream
  • Carp
  • Common Carp
  • Mirror Carp
  • Perch
  • Roach
  • Rudd
  • Tench

Parking & Access

For Parking, please use the public car park located just off Crescent way in Horley. Please ensure you display your parking permit clearly in the windscreen as there is a 3 hour limit for non members.

If Travelling from Redhill/Reigate, follow the A23 turning off at woodroyd avenue just before the Texaco/co-op, then left onto oldfield road, a right onto wolverton gardens, left onto cheyne walk, right onto crescent way, you will find the entrance over a small bridge on your right where you will find a convenience store on the corner.

From Crawley, following the A23 past Gatwick South Terminal take the third exit at the large roundaboutand with Texaco/co-op on your right, turn into woodroyd avenue as above.

Public Transport:
By Rail, Gatwick South Terminal is your nearest railway station. There is a footpath and cycle route from the bus stops located on the east side of the A23.
By Bus, many services serve the South Terminal and it is then a short walk along the footpath to the top end of the stream.