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?

Come for a walk

The Cotswold Water Park is a great place to come for a family walk, whatever the time of year. Why not bring your binoculars and spot some wildlife on the way?                                                                                             © Katie Griffin

Frozen landscape

Pockets of thin ice form in some of the sheltered edges of the lakes across the Cotswold Water Park. This view is looking across towards South Cerney from the A419

©RH Bewley

Redwing in winter

A redwing looks for berries as a readily available and nutritious food source during the cold winter months
© Dave Kilbey


Winter wonderland

A brave fox has taken a trek across the thin ice on Lake 12 – usually a scene of a variety of watersports

© David Hall

Does my bill look big in this?

The Common Snipe ( or woodcock) is a long billed wader found in wetlands and marshes across the UK, using their long bills to forage in mud for insects and worms.

© Dave Kilbey

Will it be a White Christmas ?

This picturesque scene was taken a few winters ago along the Bow Wow in South Cerney, with families out enjoying the heavy snow fall.

©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…

New book on Gloucs Dragonflies published

Gloucestershire Naturalists’ Society published a special edition of “The Gloucestershire Naturalist” (TGN 28) in April 2016: Dragonflies & Damselflies of Gloucestershire by Ingrid Twissell, the Gloucestershire Odonata Recorder.

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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

Winter 2016

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. Goosander seen recently on Lake 56 Neigh Bridge. Keep an eye open for rarer species. Two Cattle Egret been spotted in a field near Ashton Keynes.

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

Upcoming Events

  1. Blow away the January Blues – guided walk

    21 January @ 10:00 am
  2. Volunteer Ranger Work Party

    5 February @ 10:00 am
  3. Cotswold Water Park BALL

    3 March @ 7:00 pm

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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.