Gwinear Lakes In Newquay, Cornwall

Gwinear Lakes is located in Cubert, surrounded by beautiful Cornish countryside and just 4 miles from the famous beach of Newquay. The complex consists of 2 lakes; a 3 acre match lake and a slightly smaller specimen lake.

The tree-lined specimen lake is the one that we will focus on in this article as it holds the biggest carp on the complex and offers the best chance of bagging yourself a Cornish corker!

Let’s take a closer look and see what makes the carp tick on this wonderful coastal complex.

Gwinear Lakes, Newquay

Quick Look

While there are 2 lakes on the Gwinear Lakes complex, the specimen lake is where your focus should be if you are targeting the larger specimens. Located within one of Cornwall’s finest campsites, this is the perfect spot for combining a family holiday with some carp fishing.

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The pitches for caravans and tents are extremely close to the specimen lake

Carp Fishing In Cornwall

There are many opportunities for carp fishing in Cornwall, but in this article we are going to focus on the wonderful Gwinear Lakes complex in Newquay.

Directions To Gwinear Lakes

Gwinear Lakes is conveniently positioned near to the A3075, which runs all the way from Three Burrows roundabout in Truro to Trevemper in Newquay. With the coastline just a few miles away, the complex is also positioned near to many of Cornwall’s famous beaches, making it a popular spot for a family break (with some fishing while you’re there!)

The Specimen Lake

The Specimen Lake is around 2 acres in size and has 2 islands towards the southern bank of the lake. The lake has a stock of around 100 carp, with almost half of them in the mid/upper double-figure bracket. There are more than thirty carp which exceed 20lb in weight and eight that are known to have crossed the 30lb barrier to a lake record of over 35lb.

In addition to the 2 islands, there are lily pads, reed beds and an overhanging willow tree to aim for while in pursuit of the carp. There are only 6 pegs on the lake, allowing each angler to have an appropriate amount of water.

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The Gwinear complex is primarily a campsite, so you can arrive with your bivvy, tent or caravan! The pitches are positioned next to the specimen lake, so if you travel with family, they will always be nearby.

Next to the pleasure lake you will find Gwinear Angling Centre. This is one of the largest fishing tackle shops in Cornwall, stocking a huge range of tackle, accessories and bait. As expected with a campsite, there is also an excellent toilet/shower block, which can be used by anglers during their session.

Day Ticket Prices

Day tickets are priced at £14 and a 24 hour ticket is available for £28. During the winter season (November-March), day ticket prices are reduced to £10 and 24 hour sessions are priced at £20. Due to the limited number of pegs, pre-booking is essential.