Stream Fishing in Surrey Abinger Hammer – An afternoon catching tiddlers, net fishing in a Surrey stream. On our Summer Bucket List is fishing, we went last year and Monkey loved it so much he wanted to go back. I stumbled across the stream which is actually part of the Tilling Bourne River that runs through the pretty little village of Abinger Hammer quite by chance. I use to use the A25 as a back route home from meetings in Guildford and in the Summer months often noticed all the families playing in the stream and eating picnics next to the cricket green. In fact when I had returned to work from maternity leave I found the first Summer back particularly difficult and would often feel a little green with envy as I watched parents enjoying time with their children.

So much so that I remember texting my NCT friends and practically demanding we do the same thing that coming Friday. This year we went back for more. It is a popular spot so its best to go early especially if you visit at a weekend. It means that cricket is likely to be on and so you can only sit on the side of the stream nearest to the road. Point to note – its not enclosed. So if you are roadside its a reasonable width but you need to watch your toddlers!

The stream itself flows at a good pace, its not fast enough for it to be a problem for them to wade through it (Monkey had only just turned two last time we went and was fine) but its moves quick enough to ensure the water is clean and there is no weed or algae growing. It has a muddy stoney bottom so I would recommend pool shoes or similar when paddling.  Its reasonably shallow all the way down only just coming up over Monkey’s knees and easy to enter on both sides of the bank. As you can see Monkey was very impressed with the stones he was catching:

Stream Fishing in Surrey Abinger HammerSome of the older children had been quite successful in actually catching fish we also saw some small shrimp taking refuge is a lunchbox. Monkey was quite upset as all he managed to catch (other than the stones) was a dead fish! I have promised we will go back with Daddy. Who is a lot more apt at catching fish than I am.

Stream Fishing in Surrey Abinger Hammer

Many people bring picnics with them. However there is a couple of nice pubs nearby which cater for kids and a tea room opposite. There is shop adjoining the team rooms which sells ice creams and cold drinks as well as nets (£1 each) and buckets (£2 each).

There is a public toilet across the road in the other direction (past the garage). We didn’t need to test it out this time round. One of the the mums did and commented that it wasn’t bad. At each end of the stream there is a little bridge. That proved popular when they didn’t want to paddle anymore.

Stream Fishing in Surrey Abinger Hammer

There is also a small play park the other side of the cricket net. It is not really set up for three year olds. But for older children there is a slide, climbing wall/frame/net and a couple of swings. We had a brief play before heading home. Depending on how busy it is parking can prove a little troublesome. The road that runs down the side of the stream has double yellows along the first part of it. After which it is a single line and many parents park half on the pavement and half on the road. A little further up there is a small carpark on the right handside. It can hold about twenty cars and has a couple of disabled spaces as well.

It really was a lovely afternoon and all the parents we met were very friendly. We will definitely be going back this Summer. As I have promised Monkey that we will catch a fish next time!


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Stream Fishing in Surrey Abinger Hammer

Stream Fishing in Surrey Abinger Hammer


  1. How do we get there please, I am after Sat Nav postcode. Do I google Abinger Hammer village?

  2. I lived here for 20 years. Parents and grown up daughter still live here. The pub has closed down now. Tea room limited – advise bring own supplies. Toilet only open in Summer months. Kingfisher cress shop best place for food and drinks. Glass in stream wear paddling shoes.

  3. Dennis L. Ward

    I think kids enjoy fishing more than we do. My son is only 5 yrs old and he loves to go for fishing with me.

    Thanks for sharing your photos.

  4. Christina

    “Monkey’s” disappointment with his dead fish catch of the day is understandable. It’s nice that your husband can fill-in when it comes to his next trip.

  5. thinksignah

    thanks alot m9 i had the day of my life 😉

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  7. mudpiefridays

    Aw thanks love and thank you for hosting xx

  8. chloelifeunexpected

    This looks like so much fun! I wish we lived near to here. What a lovely place to be able to take little ones! Monkey looks like he’s having a great time in the river. It sounds really family friendly too. I hope you catch a fish next time! 🙂 Thank you so much for linking up to #whatevertheweather xx

  9. mudpiefridays

    I hope you enjoy it if you visit 🙂 thanks for stopping by x

  10. We quite like visiting Surrey and this seems like a good place to go, thanks for the idea and what a lovely day out x

  11. mudpiefridays

    Lol I know I was quite jealous of their catch! Next time hopefully 🙂 thank you for hosting Cx

  12. mudpiefridays

    He did indeed would have been fab if there were ones big enough for dinner 🙂 thanks for stopping by x

  13. mudpiefridays

    This one is quite shallow so it’s not too bad Monkey first went around 2. But I think he will enjoy it all the way until he’s about 9 or 10. Thank you for stopping by xx

  14. mudpiefridays

    Completely! 🙂 also shows you don’t need to spend a fortune on a day out! Thank you for stopping by xx

  15. mudpiefridays

    Hope you find something 🙂 thanks for stopping by xx

  16. mudpiefridays

    Definitely worth trying out 🙂 he’s the perfect age – thank you for stopping by xx

  17. mudpiefridays

    He was so proud of that rock! Promised we will go back for actual fish with Hubby. Xx

  18. mudpiefridays

    Me too the more old fashioned the better 🙂 thanks for stopping by x

  19. nourishingmyscholar

    Oh what a fun outing! My son went fishing this summer and loved it! Thanks for sharing #WhateverTheWeather

  20. Jacqueline AKA Crazy Quirky Mom

    This looks like a lovely summer adventure! How wonderful of the shop to have affordable gear too! Love the pictures, what a beautiful day! #lovelythings

  21. A lovely place to stop and play for a while. I love that you can get nets nearby too, I would never have thought to have brought one with me.
    Great photos of the children playing! And look at how many fish the other children caught in the bucket! Fingers crossed he’ll be more successful in the fish catching next time, I know I’m rubbish at catching fish when we go pond dipping, but O always catches some sticklebacks!
    Thanks for linking up to #whatevertheweather Wednesday. 🙂 xx

  22. ethannevelyn

    I had found memories as a kid catching fish in the stream. We did caught a fish and ended up barbecuing it for dinner. Looks like this place is idea for teaching little ones how to fish. Looks like he had fun anyhow! xx #whatevertheweather

  23. mudpiefridays

    I really like the simple ones they are much less stressful! Thank you for stopping by x

  24. A Moment with Franca

    I have only gone fishing two times in my whole life. I have never thought of taking the girls. I think right now they are too young for that but perhaps when they are older it could be a good idea to do that. I know my eldest would love it. It looks like a lot of fun!! 🙂 xx

  25. Wander Mum

    What a great idea! It really is the simple things sometimes, isn’t it? Looks like a popular spot. Glad you all had a fun time. #whatevertheweather

  26. Cathy Glynn

    It looks like you had lots of fun, I have many happy childhood memories of catching bullyheads in my local river.

  27. mudpiefridays

    I much prefer the simple! Less stress! ? thanks for stopping by x

  28. mudpiefridays

    My sentiments exactly thank you for stopping by x

  29. mudpiefridays

    Its great fun, maybe next year ? thank you for hosting x

  30. Educating Roversi

    What a stunning place! I don’t think we have anywhere like this in West Yorkshire but I’ll definitely be on the look out….if we get any nice weather! #whatevertheweather

  31. Educating Roversi

    What a beautiful place! Stunning! I’m very jealous. I don’t think we have anything like that near us in West Yorkshire but I will definitely be on the look out….if we get any nice weather! #whatevertheweather

  32. Claire Ridewood (@thefrfamily)

    It looks like a LOT of fun! My 5 year old would LOVE this!! #whateverthweather

  33. mudpiefridays

    I’m hoping next time we go we will be more successful! Thanks for stopping by xx

  34. mudpiefridays

    Hope you find one 🙂 thanks for popping by Cx

  35. Becky, Cuddle Fairy

    What a lovely day out! That pub has it figured out selling nets & buckets – and reasonably priced too. I love the photo of monkey catching a rock lol #LovelyThings x

  36. teentweentoddler1

    Great post! I love seeing children doing good old fashioned fun things. Lovely photos x #countrykids

  37. pigeonpairandme

    What a fun day out – and so simple. You can’t beat a fishing net and some water on a hot Summer’s day.


    What a fab day out – very simple, too. Nothing beats a fishing net and a bit of flowing water on a hot Summer’s day!

  39. susankmann

    Aww how lovely, that looks a lot of fun x

  40. Youngonesfive

    Wow! That looks like great place to visit!1 lost of fun. #LovelyThings

  41. Laura's Lovely Blog

    This isn’t too far from us, I would never think to take the children fishing, although perhaps when my youngest is a bit older. But it looks like a great day. Thanks for linking up to #lovelythings 🙂

  42. reimer and ruby

    wow! that’s a nice way to spend somewhere out! your little one seemed to have a fab day trying to catch fish… Great post! #lovelythings

  43. domesstique

    Wow! That looks like great place to visit during summer. Monkey looks like he is having a great time. I will try to see if there’s a place like this closer to us. 🙂 xx

  44. mudpiefridays

    Hubby’s been badgered into coming next time by monkey so hopefully I will have an update in the next few weeks of our own catch… Or maybe not! Lol. Thanks for stopping by x

  45. mudpiefridays

    Ah that’s really nice to know 🙂 x

  46. mudpiefridays

    Thank you for hosting 🙂 x

  47. It’s these kinds of days that I yearn for and make me really homesick. I’m not sure we’d be brave enough to paddling in streams here. The Thais would think I was nuts I think.

  48. Let kids be kids

    What a wonderful place for the summer. Fishing in streams is loads of fun, I would struggle to catch the fish though too. Looks like you had a fantastic day

  49. thejoyoffive

    This is one of our favourite places to visit. We have been going since I was a child and it’s never changed #countrykids

  50. Coombe Mill

    What a lovely place to be able to visit and explore, Monkey looks like he’s really enjoying splashing about in the river with his net. It’s great that you’ve found somewhere that seems almost perfectly set up to accommodate small families for free. I’m sure Monkey is excited to be able to get out there again and try fishing. Thanks for linking up with me on Country Kids.

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