Roadside Lagoon near
Ben Rhydding

Brief description of fishery:

This former gravel pit, situated within the Ben Rhydding Nature Reserve, is mostly fairly deep at 2m to 4m.  It contains pike (to an unknown size) along with some big tench, lots of perch and some roach.  A sizeable carp was spotted in summer 2022 although we did not know that there were any in there.

It is a weedy water from mid-summer with just a few swims on the roadside bank that remain weed free all year round. It is rarely fished and then mainly by anglers targeting the pike.

There is parking just 200m from the pond.


Close to the main A65, about two miles east of the centre of Ilkley.

Coutances Way, Ilkley LS29 7HQ  Turn right through the entrance gate.

Access & Parking

Parking is either in an Ilkley AA owned car park or in a lay-bye next to the main A65. Both these parking areas are about a 200m walk to the pond.  Once through the entrance gate turn immediately right into the nature reserve.



  • Carp
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Roach
  • Tench