River CrossensGeneral Information:

The River Crossens or the Sluice as it known locally is the longest and deepest drain of the Association waters which was originally dug in 17th century to drain the waters of the vast Martin Mere.

The Sluice has a day ticket section with facilities for disabled anglers and with wheelchair access which is situated off the A565 Water Lane.

Association members have access to the full length of the River Crossens starting near the pumping station at Banks stretching to Mere Brow on this section there is the members only match length which features the new banking made with help from the EA and the Association which offers comfortable pegs and peaceful surroundings.

Known Species:

The waters holds bream up to 7lb, specimen tench to 9lbs plus and pike up to 22lbs. There are also large numbers of roach, rudd, perch, skimmers & hybrids, eels & carp up to 15lb.

Special Conditions:

Day tickets must be bought prior to fishing from the regular outlets tickets are not sold on the banks.

Fishing is permitted between sunrise and sunset.  Absolutely no night fishing is allowed.

Dogs are not allowed on ANY of the drains.  Anyone encountered with a dog on the drains system while not on a public footpath will be told to leave immediately.

No fishing from the bridges.

All fish to be returned dead or alive.

The drains are designated as a river system.  To that end, the close season applies to all the waters in the system (15th March - 15th June inclusive).

The use of alcohol and other illegal substances is banned on all club waters.

Absolutely no naked flames are allowed on any of the drains, due to the restrictive access provided on the banks and the heightened risk of fire due to dry grass in the summer months.


Accessible lengths of the River Crossens start (upstream) at Berry House at Holmeswood, just off Wiggins Lane. Moving downstream, the next accessible location is Six Fields Covert, where there is access for around 6 anglers, between the road bridge and the mouth of the Long Ditch.  Further down is Sluice Farm, where there are 22 platforms between the bridges, as well as plenty of room for angling downstream.  Next access is at First Plank bridge, which is the access to the Match Length, and finally is the access to the Day Ticket Length at Water Lane.



Berry House:  riskiest.delivers.lecturing

Six Fields Covert:  messy.relax.roosts

Sluice Farm:  showdown.important.coupler

1st Plank:  proud.shiny.wells

Water Lane (Gate):  soils.sharp.chief

Water Lane (Car Park):  onion.orchestra.bother

Day ticket length: There are two car parks on the day ticket length.  The first is for approximately 5-6 cars, immediately adjacent to the gate at Station Rd.  At the end of the track, there's another car park (next to the disabled pegs) which will easily accommodate 10 cars.

Please do not park behind the pegs on the day ticket length.  Anyone found parking vehicles anywhere other than in the car parks will be told to move immediately.

ALL OTHER PARKING:  These are for members only.  SDAA keys are required for access to the water.


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