Hawkridge Reservoir

A small but perfectly formed trout reservoir situated on the edge of the beautiful Quantock Hills.

Just six miles from Bridgwater, this reservoir offers a quality and level of fishing to rival the best in the UK.

Free family drop in day at...

Hawkridge Reservoir

Date: Tuesday 23 August
Time: 11am to 3pm
Location: Hawkridge Reservoir fishing lodge
Postcode: TA5 1AL
What three words: ///grandest.ranges.push
Activities: Wildlife spotting, scavenger hunts, fishing games and water filter building

Couple fishing at Hawkridge reservoir

Hawkridge Reservoir

Spaxton, Somerset, TA5 1AL
Open map

Explore Hawkridge Reservoir

Fishing | Walking and wildlife

Fishing

If you favour smaller waters, Hawkridge reservoir is the place for you. The trout stocked in this reservoir provide a cosmopolitan variety of rainbows, browns, tigers, golden and blue trout so you really don’t know what you will catch next.

Ranger Gary Howe oversees the stocking programme, which provides some stunning home-grown doubles as well as regular deliveries from local fish farms.

In 2018 Hawkridge was the first UK water to stock Sparctic trout, a new species in the sport. These are in addition to the other trout already being stocked in this reservoir which provides a variety of rainbows, browns, tigers, golden and blue trout and there are even some surprise double figure specimens. You really don’t know what you will catch next.

The reservoir responds well to floating lines and intermediates, with a variety of flies successful, including damsels, hare’s ears and montana, plus nymphs including buzzers and diawl bach.


Offering depths of up to 70ft, the lodge bank slopes steeply towards the water line and a short distance out is a weed bank with a lot of fish located just beyond it.

Walking and wildlife 

Due to the size of the reservoir and lack of bank space, no walking or dogs are permitted around the site.

However, there are a number of public footpaths which link to the reservoir. The reservoir and its birdlife can be viewed from both the layby on Lawyers Hill and one of the nearby public footpaths.

Adjoining the Quantocks Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and designated as a County Wildlife Site, Hawkridge reservoir provides a valuable habitat for insects, amphibians and wildfowl. Overwintering birds and areas of broadleaved woodland and marshy grassland around the reservoir are of particular interest.

Caring for our sites

Close up shot of a giant hogweed plant

Invasive non-native species (INNS)

INNS are plants and animals that have been brought into this country from other parts of the world and cause harm to our native species and habitats. Find out more about INNS, how to identify them and what we are doing to control the spread.

Close up shot of a butterfly on a flower

Wildlife and conservation: access

We recognise our responsibilities to conserve and enhance wildlife and heritage on our land and provide access for the public where possible. Find out how we are looking after our region and its wildlife and habitat. 

Sign up to our email newsletter

Subscribe to our regular community newsletter to stay up to date with Wessex Water's news, what's happening in your area, ideas for days out, offers, events, and more.

Sign up