DSC01596An 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.

Abginer Hammer StreamSo 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, as 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:

Fishing at Abginer Hammer

Some 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.

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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).

Tea Rooms Abinger Hammer   Nets at Abinger Hammer

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, however one of the the mums did and commented that it wasn’t bad. At each end of the stream there is a little bridge which proved popular when they didn’t want to paddle anymore.

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There is also a small play park the other side of the cricket net, its 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 which can hold about twenty cars and has a couple of disabled spaces as well.

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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!

Mudpie xx

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  2. Coombe Mill Reply

    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.

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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. reimer and ruby Reply

    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

  8. 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 🙂

  9. pigeonpairandme Reply

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

  10. teentweentoddler1 Reply

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

  11. Becky, Cuddle Fairy Reply

    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

    • 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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

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

  15. Wander Mum Reply

    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

  16. A Moment with Franca Reply

    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
    #whatevertheweather

    • 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. nourishingmyscholar Reply

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

  20. 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

  21. chloelifeunexpected Reply

    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

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  23. “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.

  24. 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.

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

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