Make a splash!

For a real adrenaline rush try some of the more adventurous sports on and off the water – there is something for everyone, from waterskiing to rally driving © Lakeside Ski

Reach for the sky

Luckily it doesn’t have to be hot and sunny to visit the Cotswold Water Park – there is loads to do throughout the year. How about a spot of high ropes adventure?

Stay a bit longer

If you are planning a holiday for the summer, then why not have a look at the incredible range of self catering accommodation to be found in this area – from lakeside log cabins, waterside wooden lodges to luxury hotels

Sailing for all

With so many lakes, you will find plenty of choice across the Cotswold Water Park for beginners and experts alike.

© South Cerney Outdoor


The Cotswold Water Park is a great place for families to discover the amazing wildlife there is around here, like water voles, bats and dragonflies.  © Lower Mill Estate

Come for a walk

The Cotswold Water Park is a great place to come for a family walk – with sights and sounds all around. Why not bring your binoculars and spot some wildlife on the way?                                               © Katie Griffin

Try a new sport

Challenge yourself with a new activity this summer such as Paddleboarding – if that’s too easy how about Yoga on a paddleboard ? © CWP Hire

Hang on tight!

For thrill seekers there are inflatable rides, waterskiing, wakeboarding and much more!  © Lakeside Ski

Seek out the wildlife

Take time out to explore the lakes and meadows where you may meet some of amazing variety of wildlife, such as the Common Blue butterfly © David Hall

Join the Cotswold Water Park Trust

Logo-orange-webFor just £18 a year receive all this:

  • Free parking at Riverside Car Park and Neigh Bridge Country Park
  • 15% discount off food and drink at Gateway Centre cafe
  • 10% discount off purchases at Cotswold Outdoor
  • Members’ only events and offers
  • Priority booking on events
  • Members’ newsletter

and help make the Cotswold Water Park a better place for wildlife and people.

Latest News…

Warning of blue-green algae at nature reserve

A new outbreak of blue-green algae has recently been confirmed at Cleveland Lakes, near Ashton Keynes, and the Cotswold Water Park Trust, who owns the two lakes, is advising members of the public to take extra care when walking around the footpaths near the lake.

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Summer at last!

With some fine weather set to be with us here in the Cotswold Water Park for at least the next few days, here are some tips to help make your visit to the area more enjoyable:

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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. Arrivals and departures – guided walk for all

    23 October @ 10:00 am
  2. Awesome Autumn Family event

    26 October @ 10:00 am
  3. Volunteer Ranger Work Party

    6 November @ 10:00 am
  4. Volunteer Ranger Work Party

    4 December @ 10:00 am
  5. Volunteer Ranger Work Party

    8 January, 2017 @ 10:00 am

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Towns & Villages

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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.