We are pleased to announce our partial reopening from Monday 29th March, further to the recent government announcement. Not everything will be able to open from that date, so please check the details below. Also please note that the government has said these dates may change depending on the pandemic.
Fishing lakes – From Monday 29th March the fly fishing lakes will open with social distancing measures in place. Please pre-book via Castbooker www.castbooker.com
Family fishing pond – From Thursday 1st April our family fishing pond will be open. No pre-booking is required but face masks will be compulsory and other social distancing measures will be in place. To find out more please visit www.kilnseypark.co.uk
Café – The Café by the Lake will be reopening for takeaways only from Thursday 1st April, 10-4 each day. During this time the cafe will be providing a revised menu of hot and cold sandwiches, hot drinks and cakes and the shop will be open for ice creams, drinks and snacks. In line with government guidelines there will be no indoor or outdoor seating provided.
Things will change on Monday 12th April when it will be possible to sit on the outside patio tables. And we expect that things should be back to normal on Monday 17th May with a full menu and the ability to sit both indoors and outdoors.
Discovery trail – From Thursday 1st April the trail will be open.
We will be closing the fishing lakes and the rest of the business for the duration of the national lockdown which was announced on 4th January.
Early indications are that the lockdown will remain in place until the middle of February at the earliest. We will reopen as soon as it is safe for us to do so.
Any customers with fishing bookings during this period will be issued with a credit for when we reopen.
We hope that everyone stays safe through this difficult time and we look forward to welcoming you back to the freedoms of the great outdoors before too long.
Our local area (North Yorkshire) went into Tier 3 on the 31st December. The café and nature trail will therefore be closed until further notice.
Fisheries are permitted to open in Tier 3 so the main lakes will remain open however we remind angling customers to follow the official travel guidance, which can be found on the Angling Trust website here. It is essential that customers pre-book, ideally using the online system here or by emailing us email@example.com at least 48 hours before you want to visit (if you turn up on the day without pre-booking you may find the gates are locked).
The family fishing remains closed for essential maintenance.
Note for anglers – the main lakes will remain catch and release only until we come out of Tier 3.
Our family fishing pond is currently closed for essential maintenance. It will reopen on Friday 26th March in time for the Easter holidays.
During this time we are expanding the size of the fishing area and dredging the pond to make it deeper.
We apologise for the inconvenience and look forward to welcoming you back in the Spring.
We’re delighted to have won the Rural Diversification award at this year’s Yorkshire Post Rural Awards. The award recognises the rural business that has demonstrated ingenuity and a real can do attitude in developing new opportunities. We’re proud to have been recognised for the sheer breadth of what we offer here at Kilnsey Park Estate – everything from fly fishing and nature walks to cream teas, weddings, pony trekking and holiday accommodation – not to mention the fresh rainbow trout that started our journey in 1978!
A huge thank you to all the staff past and present who have been integral to our growth and to the founders Anthony and Vanessa Roberts.
We’re also proud to have been the runner up in the Rural Tourist Attraction of the Year category.
Sometimes it’s easy to take the most important things for granted. It’s been a dozen years since we were selected as a reintroduction site for the UK’s rarest wildflower, the Lady’s Slipper orchid. Since then we have been privileged to be part of a successful conservation story, playing a small but hugely satisfying part in helping the orchids to slowly establish themselves and to thrive. The two weeks when the orchids flower marks an important milestone in the year and is as eagerly anticipated as any celebration.
One of the greatest joys is to welcome so many visitors to our nature reserve, many of them plant-lovers for whom seeing the Lady’s Slipper orchid is a lifetime’s ambition. A recent visitor has written a lovely account of the orchid and its miraculous escape from extinction in this week’s Country Diary in the Guardian, which you can read here.
The Lady’s Slipper orchids on our reserve are now approaching the end of their flowering period for another year. We’ll be counting down the days until their unfurl their vivid slippers again.
Great to see BBC presenter Adam Henson enjoying his fishing here at Kilnsey Park on this week’s Countryfile – before experiencing a delicious meal featuring our own rainbow trout smoked by Jake Buchan of our on-site Holy Smokery.
Adam was particularly impressed with the fresh, clean flavour of our fish – all thanks to the fact that they are reared in the pristine limestone-filtered spring waters of the Yorkshire Dales. It’s what we believe sets our rainbow trout apart from the crowd.
Why not find out for yourself? We offer fishing for all ages and all levels, whether you’re looking for something different to do with a young family, or keen to hone your angling skills. Find out more by clicking here.
Watch the episode of BBC Countryfile here:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/…/episode/…/countryfile-spring-special …See more
We’re looking for an enthusiastic person who’s good with people, hard-working and loves the great outdoors to work at our popular fishery in the Yorkshire Dales.
Your main role will be to carry out the day to day running of our successful fly fishery, interacting with anglers, selling tickets and ensuring that the fisheries are always tidy and well maintained. You will be the welcoming face of our fishery, also helping first-time anglers on our family fishing pond. You will also be able to gain some practical experience of working in the aquaculture sector at our modern on-site trout farm.
Job details: The position is full-time and permanent, and the work will be varied through the year and very rewarding. The business opens 7 days a week, including from 7am until 7pm through the summer. Therefore the position will include evening and weekend work, with longer hours required in summer and shorter hours in winter.
The role will include:
- Welcoming anglers and ticket sales
- Helping first time anglers on our Family Fishing pond
- Developing new ideas and events to increase angler numbers at off peak times
- Maintaining fishing tackle
- General help and tidying around the fishery
- Responding to customer enquiries (email/phone)
- Friendly, approachable and good with people
- Hard working and reliable
- Qualification in fishing-related subject, or equivalent experience in working at a fishery
- Able to work flexible hours to meet the business needs (includes weekends, and longer hours in summer)
- Good standard of written English (for email responses etc)
- Own transport essential
For further details or to apply please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief personal statement outlining why you are the ideal person for the job.
Deadline for applications – FRIDAY 29th MARCH