Barcombe Mills

THE MILL POOL & surrounding streams

Fishing the Mill Pool – Barcombe Mills

The Outlet From the Mill Pool

This part of the fishery consists of the river and streams surrounded by the circuit of roads made up of the main Barcombe Mills road (which crosses the river downstream of the confluence of the various streams that the river splits into at the downstream end of the non-tidal river) and The Old Toll Road to the north – this road marked by ‘No Entry’ signs at either end).

ALL of this part of the river is reserved for Sea Trout fishing ONLY from 01 May to 31 October inclusive and can ONLY be fished by Annual Sea Trout Permit holders who are in possession of a Pool Permit, valid for the day they are fishing. The rule relating to fishing in this area will be strictly enforced, so please ensure you are in possession of a valid Pool Permit BEFORE fishing – Pool Permits MUST be booked in advance and are NOT available on the bank.

Please click here for details of the Society’s Annual Sea Trout Permit and Pool Permits.

Once the Sea Trout fishing season has finished (31st October is the final day of the season) these waters are available for Coarse fishing. From 1st November to 14th March inclusive, this area can be fished by Annual and Winter Coarse Permit holders ONLY at no extra charge. Permission for this may be withdrawn on a temporary basis if high numbers of Sea Trout are observed in the pool awaiting suitable conditions to run upstream.

The Main River Below the Mill Pool


Please note – Around the end of the previous decade, fishing on the House Stream (both banks between the Society’s car park and the Old Toll Bridge at Barcombe Mills) was banned during the Sea Trout fishing season to help their conservation during periods of low water. This ban has been relaxed but water levels and conditions are monitored very closely in case Sea Trout become stressed and would benefit from the ban being re-imposed.


The Society has a car park at Barcombe Mills, shown on the information pack supplied with your permit. A current car parking sticker must be displayed on parked vehicles at all times. Parking is also available in the public car park near Pike’s Bridge.

Copthorne and District Angling Society (C&DAS)

An Ouse Angling Preservation Society permit allows access to all of C&DAS’s waters. Please see the C&DAS website – click here – for details of the stretches of the Sussex Ouse, plus lakes, that they control, and which are available to our permit holders under this arrangement

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