Shropshire Star

Fishing lake near Market Drayton brought back into use

A man-made fishing lake near Market Drayton, which has lain dormant for more than a decade has been brought back into use.

Holly Mayer with partner Nick Cooper at Colehurst Lake

Colehurst Lake was designed and created in 1990 as a fishing lake and after years of disuse has been returned to a fishery.

New owner Holly Mayer, aged 32, is running the facility with her fiancé Nick Cooper, 41, who is the fishery manager.

People can now buy day and night tickets to fish.

But the couple, who live in Market Drayton, are also hoping to attract families on camping holidays next year.

Work will be carried out to create woodland and lakeside camping pitches and a barn will be converted into toilets and showers.

Holly, who works as a tax advisor for Muller, said: "We are hoping to open in spring 2019 for camping.

Colehurst Lake


"I bought the lake last year. Nick and I both like fishing. We are both passionate about the outdoors and nature. "We are excited about letting other people share this space with us.

"It's so peaceful. We want to try and make it accessible for wheelchair users as well.

"People are welcome to turn up on the day to fish. We're keen to get local families and people here."

The couple will also be moving into a home which will be built on the site.

The two spring-fed pools, Colehurst Lake and Maylea Pool, were originally formed in 1990 and have been restored over the last three years to allow the re-establishment of a commercial fishery.

They are stocked with carp, roach, perch and pike.

Day tickets cost adults £8 for one rod and £10 for two rods.

Tickets for under 16s are £5.

Gates open at 7am and close at 7pm or dusk, whichever is earlier.

Last admission is at 5pm unless prearranged.

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Alternatively, call 07907 550666 or email