River Ouse

River Ouse

Located in Hamsey just north of Lewes, our stretch has a weir midway. Below the weir is completely tidal, above is partly tidal only being affected by tides of 5.7 and above. All river species are present notably some large carp and Bream mainly around the weir and a seasonal run of large grey mullet.

Tide, Newhaven plus 2 hours, roughly.

You can drive right down to the river although the farm track can be very muddy in the winter or when wet. Access to all parts of the river is across fields which can be very uneven.

All rivers are closed for coarse fishing from 15 March through to the 15 June inclusive.

There are cows in the fields during spring and summer, with calves in the spring so don't get too close. They often take an interest in any cars parked in their field by licking and rubbing against them. If your car is covered in cow lick, mud and scratches when you return to it, remember cars are parked at owners own risk.


The river is deep and can have a strong flow as the tide goes out. The banks are quite high and steep in places. Risk of flooding.