The Gravel Pit

Swarkestone gravel pit is a traditionally dug pit covering approximately 80 acres providing all of the usual features you would expect from a large pit including large islands, bars, plateaus, shallow snaggy areas to observe fish and deeper areas at range.

A great deal of Map of lake showing access points and vehicle paths.effort has been applied to provide excellent access and security,  it is possible to drive to 90% of the swims via locked gated access.

Although the gravel pit has been fished previously, a large number of swims have fallen into poor repair and the existing vehicle tracks were overgrown or covered with earth. To allow access the swims and pathways have been re-established and upgraded to provide excellent comfort, infact you can park behind 90% of the swims, you realistically only need to barrow to three swims on the entire pit.


Work has not fully finished with respect to swims and access, although very little needs to be improved.  It must be stated that the character of the pit has not been removed through the improvement works. Features such as snags, fallen tress and sunken barges all remain to provide cover and features that the carp appreciate.

Clearing of existing trackwaysMisty morning on the High BankCreation of new swims with bivvy areas
Plan of the gravel pit Digging of existing swims to improve access80 acres of lake

Pit contours

The syndicate have acquired a reasonably accurate map of the pit contours, thus reducing the amount of marker rod work.

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