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27.2 acres, Pilsworth Fishery, Heywood, Greater Manchester
For Sale - £495,000

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  • Estabished coarse fishery
  • Planning permission for facilities building with manager's accommodation
  • 3 Lakes and stock pond
  • Water area extending to 14ac
  • Site area totalling to 27ac



Pilsworth fishery is an established, profitable coarse fishing business, extending to 27.2 acres (11ha). The fishery comprises 3 lakes, stock pond, and planning permission for a facilities building with bailiff’s accommodation.


The fishery is located approximately 3 miles south east of Bury and approximately 9 miles east of Bolton, situated close to the M66 motorway.

The Fishery:

The access track leads to a large, main car park situated between the match and specimen lakes. There are 3 mature day ticket lakes extending to a total of 14.2 acres (5.5ha).

Match Lake:

Extending to approximately 1.3 acres (0.5ha) , 50 pegs, with depths of up to 4 ft. Stocked with a mixture coarse fish. This lake is fed directly by a stream which flows through the property.

Specimen Lake:

Extending to 11.3 acres (4.6ha), with 25-30 well spaced swims (or potentially 100 match pegs) and depths up to 16ft. A former reservoir stocked with several hundred carp up to 35lbs. In addition, there are large stocks of bream, roach and a mixture of other coarse fish species.

The current owner has extensively re-landscaped the southern bank, creating 10 new swims. The lake is fed by groundwater springs.

Bottom Ponds:

Extending to 1.37 acres (0.5ha) with 50 pegs and depths of up to 6ft. These are former settling ponds from when they were part of an industrial mill. They are fed by the specimen lake. Currently divided into 5 pools, Stocked with a mixture of coarse fish species.

Stocking Programme:

The fishery has implemented a supplementary stocking programme over the past 3 years. In 2018, 200 carp with an average size of (3lbs) were stocked into the main lake, together with 20 larger fish between (17-20lbs). In spring 2019, a further 100 carp (C3s), averaging 8-10lbs were stocked into the main lake.

Hydroelctric Scheme:

The outfall from the main specimen lake has the potential to be used for a hydroelectric scheme. The current owner has made investigations and it may be possible for such a scheme to be connected to the national grid.

Facilities Building:

Planning permission has been granted for a single story facilities building extending to 150m2, overlooking the specimen lake. Comprising of; a café, bait shop and bailiffs accommodation. The foundations and footings have been implemented.

The Business:

The accounts for the year ending 2019/20 are expected to show a turnover in the region of £40,000. Full accounts for the last 3 years are available to bone fide purchasers following inspection of the property. The income is generated from a mixture of day tickets and evening and weekend matches. The current owner has run the fishery on a part-time basis, there is the potential to considerably increase the revenue generated.

Grazing Land:

There is 5 acres (2ha) of grazing land with a stock pond, situated adjacent to the access track at the top of the fishery. This is currently let for grazing. The grazing land is available by separate negotiation.

Agents’ Notes:

Tenure & Possession:

The property is offered for sale freehold as a whole with vacant possession on completion.

Fixtures, Fittings & Stock:

The sale includes fixtures and fittings and fish stocks within the lakes and stock ponds. Fenn Wright are not liable in any way for the quality or quantity of the fish stocks, nor any death or disease that may affect such stocks. Purchasers must satisfy themselves as to the quality and quantity of the fish stocks prior to purchase.

Rights of Way & Easements:

The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all existing Rights of Way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water and electricity supplied in other rights obligations, easements, quasi-easements and restrictive covenants or all existing proposed wayleaves for masts, staves, cables, drains, water and gas and other pipes, whether referred to in these particulars or not.

Consumer Protection Regulations:

Under the regulations, what we say or publish about a property must not be false or misleading and we must provide certain material information to


Particulars for Pilsworth Fishery, Greater Manchester
enable a potential viewer or purchaser to take an informed transactional decision.


Any areas, measurements or distances referred to as approximate are given as a guide and are not precise. If such details are fundamental to a purchase, purchasers must rely on their own enquiries.

Important Notice:

Fenn Wright for themselves and the Vendor of this property whose Agents they are, give notice that: The particulars are intended to give a fair and substantially correct overall description for the guidance of intending purchasers and do not constitute part of an offer or contract.

Prospective purchaser/s and lessees should seek their own professional advice.

All descriptions, dimensions, areas, reference to condition and if necessary permissions for use and occupation and their details are given in good faith and believed to be correct.

Any intending purchaser/s should not rely on them as statements or representations of fact but must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to the correctness of each of them.

No person in the employment of Fenn Wright has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty, whether in relation to this property or these particulars, nor to enter into any contract relating to the property on behalf of the Vendors.

No responsibility can be accepted for any expenses incurred by any intending purchaser/s in inspecting properties that have been sold, let or withdrawn.

Local Authority:

Bury Metropolitan Borough Council
Town Hall
Knowsley Street Bury BL9 0SW
Tel: 0161 253 5000

Photographs taken: 2016

To request a copy of the particulars, please contact Tom Good.

*Safety Note to Fishery Buyers*

Please ensure care is taken when viewing and walking near to lakes and areas of water. Do not walk close to the edge of waterways, and ensure children are supervised at ALL times. Lakes, Ponds & Rivers can be very dangerous so THINK SAFETY FIRST!


Strictly by prior appointment with the sole agents:
Fenn Wright 1 Tollgate East, Stanway, Colchester, CO3 8RS

01206 216 555

Contact Martin Freeman


Access to the fishery is off Moss Hall Road, Heywood. From Junction 3 off the M66 follow the signs for Heywood Distribution Park from the slip road.

At the first junction opposite the warehouses (Pilsworth Road) turn right and follow the road to the next right turning ( Moss Hall Road - The Three Arrows Pub is on the corner). Continue down this road for a few hundred yards and the fishery is signposted on the right hand side.

N.B. There is no postcode for the fishery.

To find out more or book a viewing
01206 216 555


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