The Wilderness

General Description

The Wilderness lake (about 4 acres in size) went through some major work of de-silting, bank restoration and the provision of 25 purpose built platforms giving access to able and disabled anglers.

Depths range from 1-4ft in the deeper areas. The lake is always coloured and even in the depths of winter it still produces fish. It has a good mixture of course fish including bream, tench, roach, eels and the odd carp which are great fun on course tackle. There is serious sport with the bream in the summer which have been caught up to 7lb. It’s very shallow in general but this does not seem to affect the fishing at any time of year. The bream and roach respond well to bread punch, but can also be caught on caster, maggot or sweet corn. There are some carp in the lake, but these are rarely caught unless fished for.

The individual match record stands at 85 lbs for a 6 hour match, with second and third places both weighing in at over 75lbs each respectively. Best methods are known to be either the pole or the waggler using baits such as sweet corn, maggot, casters or punch. There are no carp to be kept in keepnets, and care must be taken when using any keepnet when water levels are at their lowest.

Parking & Access

At Junction 37, M4, take the A4229 three miles towards Porthcawl, turning left at the third roundabout. Look out for the Wilderness Lake turning first right just before the speed camera. Parking is either found here or for the other side of the lake follow the road to the end, turn right then take the first right again to arrive at the rear of the lake

The lake again has adequate parking on the roadside and the nearest shop is found when taking the second turn left after turning right before the speed camera. Here you will find Parc Stores, one of our day ticket outlets where tickets can be purchased if you are unable to buy them online using our website


  • Bream
  • Carp
  • Common Carp
  • Eel
  • Mirror Carp
  • Roach
  • Tench