Wildflowers in abundance...

Take a walk amongst wildflower meadows this Spring – exactly as nature intended them to be. Did you know that some of the best lowland wetland meadows in the UK can be found here in the Water Park?

Water Vole

Here in the Cotswold Water Park we are working hard to keep numbers of Water Vole from declining…..
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Long tailed tit

Sshhh…..watch the energetic antics of these delightful birds amongst the reed beds

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?

Wait for us!

Spring is a busy time of the year round here! Look out for juvenile Great Crested Grebe, Coot, Goose and many more

Flock of Birdwatchers

The Cotswold Water Park is nationally important for some species of birds, and a great place to do some birdwatching.  Why not join us on a guided walk – check out the Events page for details.

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

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

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…

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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New screen, new sightings

We are delighted to announce the opening of a new access point in the Cotswold Water Park, from where birdwatchers will be able to gain a whole new aspect of the Waterhay reedbed.

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Clayhill car park update

Due to improvements being undertaken at Clayhill Car Park along the Spine Road, we are sorry that this facility will be closed for several weeks.

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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. Photography Workshop

    30 July @ 9:30 am
  2. Walk on the Cleveland Scrapes

    6 August @ 8:00 am
  3. Free fishing lessons

    6 August @ 10:00 am
  4. Free fishing lessons

    20 August @ 10:00 am

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.