(updated 18 May)
The café, family fishing and nature trail at Kilnsey Park Estate will remain closed for the time being. Our gates will unfortunately remain closed until coronavirus restrictions have been further relaxed – at the moment we’re following the Government advice that this is likely to be early July.
Kilnsey fly fishing lakes are now open to anglers again but only by pre-booking. Important information for anglers: For those using the main lakes, we’re going to need to do certain things differently to make sure we comply with the new Angling Trust guidance and support the national effort to defeat coronavirus.
You are advised to book your fishing ticket before travelling here. To book a fishing ticket please click here.
Revised opening hours for the fishing lakes will be 8.30am – 5pm (gates open from 8am).
The winter opening times for the outdoors attraction are as follows (please note that the cafe is open as normal 7 days a week):
Family fishing – The family pond is open at weekends only during the winter. During this time group bookings (minimum 6 persons) are welcome. Booking must be made in advance by calling 07340 737673 or emailing email@example.com
UPDATE JAN 2020: The family pond is currently closed for essential maintenance and will be reopening in time for the February half term.
The family fishing reopens 7 days a week from Saturday 21st March 2020.
Discovery Trail – The Trail is closed to the public from Monday 24th November. It reopens again on Saturday 21st March 2020.
Fly fishing – The main fishing lakes are open as normal throughout the winter. Opening times can be found on the website www.kilnseyfishing.co.uk
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
One of our favourite days of the year is approaching, as Kilnsey Show rolls into town this Tuesday.
It’s the 122nd year since the show first came to this spectacular part of the Yorkshire Dales in 1897, and this year promises to be a brilliant showcase of sports, animals, food & drink, country traditions and a great way to spend a day surrounded by some of the greatest landscapes on God’s green earth.
Kilnsey Park will be open for business as usual, so why not join us for some family fishing, walk our nature trail and enjoy a spot of lunch in the Cafe by the Lake?