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View of the Cotswold Water Park with South Cerney village on left  © RH Bewley

View of the Cotswold Water Park with South Cerney village on left © RH Bewley

Key Facts...

blue chevron A wonderful wetland of 150 lakes created through gravel extraction, with an inland beach

blue chevronExcellent birdwatching sites with winter waterbirds, waders, nightingales, grebe, hobbies and more.

blue chevron Activities from angling to archery, cycling to climbing, sailing to snorkelling, walking to wakeboarding.

blue chevron Meet the locals - otters, water voles, dragonflies, fritillaries, orchids, birds, bats and even beavers.

 

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Activities...

cotswold water park accomoadation iconAccommodation...

From luxury hotels, lakeside lodges, cosy B&Bs and family-friendly campsites there are plenty of places to stay in the Cotswold Water Park

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Walking...Walking icon

With many miles of footpaths, cycleways and bridle paths, the Cotswold Water Park is a great place to explore on foot. Pick up a Walks Guide at the Gateway Centre to find out more

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Explore the Cotswold Water Park by bike - bring your own or hire bikes throughout the year, and set off around lovely lanes and peaceful paths

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With  important numbers of certain types of waterbirds such as coot, pochard, wigeon and many more, like the delightful smew, this is a great place to come birdwatching

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Red-Crested Pochard © Andy Rouse

Bird Blog...

Update...March 2014

Spring is clearly upon us with some movement being seen through the Water Park with Chiffchaff and other species calling.  A few early Sand Martin have been seen at lake 74 and waders include the first plover, a Black-tailed Godwit and a male Ruff attaining its summer plumage. These migrants will trickle in and then hit us with a rush.
The water is receding in the lakes but the grassland remains very waterlogged so waders could turn up anywhere.

 

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What's on... 

 

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



orchidJoin us...

Membership of the CWP Trust starts at just £15 per year. Your contribution will help fund our work. Please join us and make a difference.

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volunteers at the cotswold water parkVolunteers...

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.