Swanborough Farm Fishing Lakes


All enquiries regarding Swanborough Farm should be directed to Iford Estate.

Go to the Iford Estate website


Swanborough Fishing Lakes comprises of three well stocked lakes for you to fish on with a choice of Tench, Carp and Chubb



Tench Lake
A two acre lake with 15 swims holding Tench,
Bream, Perch, Roach and Rudd.

Carp Lake
A three and a half acre lake with 18 swims holding Mirror Carp, Common Carp and Ghost Carp

Decoy Lake
A one and a half acre lake with 12 swims holding Chubb, Perch, Roach and Rudd.

The lakes are located just south of Lewes, East Sussex on the C7 in between the villages of Kingston and Iford.
OPEN FROM 7.00AM---Closing Times on the Board


From Brighton: Take the A27 towards Lewes until you reach the first roundabout, take the third exit sign posted to Kingston. Follow the road through Kingston until you come to a T-junction at the end of the road. Turn right at the T-junction, follow the road for about 500 metres, Swanborough Fishing Lakes is signposted on the left. Turn left onto the track and follow down to the car park.

We have three lakes, The Specimen Carp Lake, The Tench Lake and the Decoy Lake


  • Swims are clearly marked around the Carp Lake
  • Tickets are purchased from the Lakeside, from the Fishery Manager.
  • Please proceed to your chosen swim and commence fishing
  • Toilets and drinking water are available in the main car park
  • Before Fishing, please read and obey the rules set out on this board
  • Please pick up your litter and use the bins provided
  • No fires or barbeques without permission, and only with consideration to other anglers
  • Dogs to kept under control at all times
  • Please be respect the peace and tranquillity of the lakes at all times. Any abusive behaviour will not be tolerated and all parties will be removed with no refund.
  • Alcohol in moderation
  • Strictly no weapons or drugs (Failure to observe this rule will result in a lifetime ban)
  • If you have photos of your catches please email them to ben@ifordestate.com, the best will be put in our “Rogues Gallery”. Also please post to our Facebook site, search “Swanborough Fishing Lakes”
  • If you need to phone the Emergency Services the Grid Reference for the main car park is TQ 40447 08247, nearest postcode is BN7 3NF, the track to the lakes is known as Swanborough Drove
  • For other Emergencies please phone Ben Taylor on 07974 267780


J&H Robinson (Iford Farms) Ltd accept no responsibility whatsoever for injury to person or damage to possessions. Fishing is entirely at your own risk.

  • All fish caught MUST be returned to the lake they were caught from. Under no circumstances must fish be killed or moved to other lakes
  • No lifting above the knee, and any damage to be reported to baliff
  • Please cast only in the area marked on your swim. Persistent offenders will be asked to leave
  • Micro barbs & barbless hooks only to be used
  • Landing Nets must be used. No keepnets
  • No fixed bolt rigs, no fixed leads, no sea rigs
  • 10lb line minimum, including hook link
  • 2x 1/4 test curve rods minimum
  • A 36" or bigger landing mat must be used as well as a large unhooking mat for fish larger than 10lb
  • Use forceps only, and treat with carp clinic (antibiotics) or similar
  • Children under 16 only if accompanied by a responsible adult


Anyone not abiding by these rules will be asked to leave, with no refunds given.

Specimen Lake Prices - 2 Rods 3 Rods

  • Day Ticket 7am- 7pm Adult £10.00 £15.00
  • Under 16 £5.00 £10.00
  • Half Day 1pm-7pm £5.00** £7.00**
  • 24 hours £20.00* £25.00*
  • Overnight only, 5pm – 7am £15.00 £20.00
  • 36 hours
  • (7am to 7pm the following day) £25.00 £30.00
  • Weekend Special
  • Friday afternoon-Sunday 7pm £40.00 £45.00
  • Overnight Guests (not fishing) Adults £5.00
  • Children (1 only) Free


*From Friday to Sunday 24 hours will start at 7am -7am. If you stay beyond 7am you will be charged for 36hrs

**Sunday-Thursday only


  • Day Ticket £10.00
  • 24 hour £15.00
  • ½ Day £5.00
  • Weekend Special £30.00


  • 3lb Hook line, one hook only
  • Barbless hooks only
  • No Keepnets
  • No Hair Rigs
  • No Treble Hooks
  • No seas rigs or Bolt Rigs
  • 4lb Dry Ground Bait max per session
  • Max 2 Rods
  • No unattended rods

For all enquiries PLEASE CALL DURING OFFICE HOURS 9am-5pm

Office: 01273 474 614 Ben Taylor