Until the 1960’s, a large stately home stood in Crofton, named Crofton Hall. The owners of the estates, the Baronets Brisco, created a small lake in front of Crofton Hall, which has subsequently been enlarged and is now actively managed by Carlisle and District Course Angling Club (CADCAC).

The angling club allows visitors to the CL site to purchase day tickets for fishing on the lake, which can be booked with us when you reserve your stay.

The costs are:

Adult over 16 years, maximum two rods, day rate: £10.00

Under 16 years: £Free.

No night fishing is allowed. The lake is located less than 100m from the entrance to the CL site. Contact Us for more information and to reserve your fishing permit.


Even if fishing isn’t your thing, the lake is beautiful all year round, and there is a good quality level path right around the lake. The walk from the site to the lake, right around and back to the site is 1.2km or 0.75 miles, and is particularly beautiful in the early morning and evening. Dogs are welcome on leads, but are not permitted in the water as they can disturb the wildlife.

On our regular walks around the lake we have seen ducks (very often!) swans, geese, and  on very notable occasion, an otter walking towards us on the path! There is also a family of grey heron, who are regularly to be seen around the lake or on the islands in the centre.