An old clay pit of between 1 and 2 acres not far from the village of Claxton, seven miles north-east of York. Surrounded by a small patch of woodland the lake is very sheltered, and has lush growths of lilies in the summer months.

YDAA - Claxton Pond

Species and Tactics

A range of fish species are present, including some large carp, along with bream, tench, roach and perch. The state of the crucian carp population that were present in the 1980’s is currently unknown. The pond also has a good head of pike.


From the York outer ring road take the A64 north, signposted Malton and Scarborough. Go past the DEFRA Labs and the turning to Sand Hutton on the right, and after approximately 4 miles, turn right onto Whinny Lane. Parking is the yard of the farm some half a mile up this road before coming to the village of Claxton. To get to the fishery, pass through the gate and walk up the track for a further 600 or so yards. The pond is situated to the left of the track in the trees.

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