Flock of Birdwatchers

Thousands of birds arrive from the frozen North into the Cotswold Water Park through the autumn to spend the winter here in these sheltered warmer waters. Why not join us on a birdwatching walk – check out the events page for more details.


Look out for the wonderful Redwing amongst the hedgerows, seeking out winter food

c Dave Kilbey

Winter sun

Bird's Eye view


Come for a ride

Water Vole

Here in the Cotswold Water Park we are working hard to keep numbers of Water Vole from declining…..
c Russell Savory

Winter berries

Guelder Rose berries
c Barney Wilczak

Kingfisher c Dave Soons

Love Photography?

The Cotswold Water Park is awash with opportunities for fantastic photography, from superb sunsets to ripples and reflections, not to mention the wonderful array of wildlife.
At this time of year, with soft light and changing colours it can offer the patient photographer rich rewards.
We are always really happy to receive images which people have taken in the Water Park, so please do share them with us – they could even appear right here on the front page for all to enjoy!

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Latest News…

More Ball tickets released!

If you have yet to buy your tickets for the first ever CWP Ball, then don’t worry! There are now more tickets on sale, so do come and join in what promises to be a fun evening, with great entertainment from the incomparable Rory Bremner ( ‘a stand up... read more

Advance notice re CWPT emails

Due to essential maintenance to the CWPT server on Friday 29th January, there will be no email service, and we regret that any emails sent to the Trust on that day will not be answered.

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First Cotswold Water Park Ball

You are invited to the inaugural Cotswold Water Park Ball which will take place on Friday, 26th February 2016 at the stunning Four Pillars Hotel situated within the Cotswold Water Park.

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What people say about the CWP…

Accommodation… “Loved this place, lovely lodges, clean very well arranged & have everything you need for an enjoyable weekend away.” Watermark Holidays review from Trip Advisor

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“Just back from an hour on the lake. Great fun. Super friendly and helpful staff. We opted for SUP hire but plenty of other options from simple rowing boats, through kayaks for one or two.”
CWP Hire review from Trip Advisor

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“Great for walking and mountain biking through all seasons. Excellent cycle tracks and footpath network through a superb land and waterscape. Fantastic range of wildlife and waterbirds – and all for free!! Don’t just visit the one major lake. The Thames Path snakes all the way through from the source to Cricklade then on to Lechlade”
Cotswold Water Park review, Trip Advisor

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Eating Out

“We have been calling in at the Gateway Centre for light lunches or tea and cake for a number of years. We haven’t ever been disappointed. On this last occasion, the salads were particularly full of interesting flavours…delicious!”
Relish at the Gateway Centre review, Trip Advisor

Red-Crested Pochard © Andy Rouse

Bird Blog

Autumn 2015

Autumn is all about arrivals, departures and general movement of birds.  There are numbers of waders being reported, these being  visible on some of the newer gravel pits, particularly on eastern side of the Water Park or at Kent End.    Shorncote will start to develop as an area worth visiting for water rail and waders.  Keep an eye open for rarer species.  A recent woodchat shrike at Blakehill with a number of Redstart could herald other birds such at Wryneck.

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Event highlights – for a full listing of forthcoming events please see the Events Page

Upcoming Events

  1. Learn to Crochet Workshop

    24 February @ 10:00 am
  2. Improver’s Crochet workshop

    15 March @ 10:00 am
  3. Wildflower Photography Workshop

    16 April @ 9:30 am
  4. Up with the Lark! Dawn Chorus Walk & Breakfast

    23 April @ 5:00 am
  5. Nightingale Walk

    27 April @ 7:00 pm

cotswold water park towns and villages

Towns & Villages

join the cotswold water park trustJoin Us…

Membership of the CWP Trust starts at just £18 per year. Your contribution will help fund our work. Please join us and make a difference.

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Our 150+ volunteers to help us with activities like checking bat boxes, assessing footpaths and helping visitors at the Gateway Centre.  If you would like to get involved…

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The Cotswold Water Park is an area of 40 square miles, with more than 150 lakes,

set across the countryside of Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and West Oxfordshire.