Autumn is a great time of the year in the Cotswold Water Park, with stunning colours, dramatic skies and still reflections.
Mallard Lake c Robin Rogers
Peace and quiet
Make some time to take time off…..peaceful lakes, tranquil lodges, far reaching views, and maybe a spot of fishing all combine to soothe the soul.
Image: Lake Pochard
It’s not all about water! Choose from one of the many land based activities here in the Cotswold Water Park – how about a spot of rally driving or off-roading ?
Image: Glos Rally School
We are sailing.....
With several excellent sailing clubs and watersports centres in the Cotswold Water Park, there are plenty of opportunities for all sailors, young and not so young – whether you are a beginner, a returner or a racer.
Image: South Cerney Outdoor
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.
Long Tailed tit
Keep a look out amongst the reedbeds and hedgerows for these delightful flights of fancy as they gather food for the coming winter.
© Dave Soons
Exploring the Water Park on foot or bike during the Autumn months offers rich rewards, with early morning mists, dramatic sunsets and rich golden colours.
© David Hall
Take a walk!
Wrap up and head off into the Autumn sunshine for a crisp walk, maybe calling in to a village pub to sample the local ales.
Bow Wow, South Cerney © David Hall
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!
Last Saturday, a group of more than thirty people of all ages, from 7 to 70, took part in a guided walk around the western lakes of the Cotswold Water Parkread more
The unique landscape of the Cotswold Water Park and the work of the Cotswold Water Park Trust has been recognised in a national award ceremony recently held by the Minerals Product Association in London.read more
Chilly Dippers – a new, friendly series of Winter swimming events in the Cotswold Water Park. Winter swimming is growing in popularity, will you give it a go this winter?read more
What people say about the CWP…
“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
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.
Event highlights – for a full listing of forthcoming events please see the Events Page
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.
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…