The trout fishery at West Wycombe is set in one of the Country’s most stunning 18th Century English landscapes. It is overlooked by the main house, West Wycombe Park, a stunning Palladian Villa, and the grounds contain many delightful temples, bridges and other features. The fishable water consists of the main lake which extends to some six acres, out of which flows the River Wye, a delightful stretch of chalkstream. This carries on through the Park. There are also various carriers which help the whole system form the shape of a swan along the lines of the original garden design.
West Wycombe Boathouse and Music Temple The main chalk stream is the River Wye (Wye – combe) which gives Wycombe its name, and this runs out from the lake over the Cascade and extends to some half a mile below. The fishery leads down this river, all double bank, to Sawmill House, where it ends at Sawmill Pond. This represents the ‘head’ of the swan referred to above. There are also two small feeder streams above the Lake and one short section by the Park wall.
Pembrokeshire is renowned for holding large numbers of migrating woodcock, snipe and wildfowl. We have enough shooting for well over a twenty different days without covering the same ground and tend to shoot a maximum of eight guns, although a party of six is quite adequate. It is mostly driven with beaters using spaniels, although there are usually two or so walking guns each drive. We try and provide evening flighting on the teal ponds or for woodcock, weather permitting. Whilst it is hard to guarantee a bag as the the quarry is wild, it would not be uncommon for a good team of shots at achieve a bag of over a hundred head of mixed game. Sixteen different species in a day is the record. It is very well organised and we do our utmost to provide enjoyable sport for all parties, most of whom return year after year.