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.

Water Vole

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

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

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

Lechlade Festival tickets offer

lechlade music festival 2016The Cotswold Water Park Trust has teamed up with the organisers of the Lechlade Music Festival, now in its sixth year, to offer weekend Adult camping tickets for the festival at just £25 (normal price from 1st April £79.95) for the first 50 new adult members joining the Trust between March 29th and May 23rd.                        read more

Latest News…

Lechlade Festival tickets offer

The Cotswold Water Park Trust has teamed up with the organisers of the Lechlade Music Festival to offer tickets to the Festival at greatly reduced prices…

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We all had a Ball!

The first Cotswold Water Park Trust Ball, held last Friday 26th February at the Four Pillars Hotel, has been hailed a great success by all who attended this glittering occasion.

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More Ball tickets released!

If you have yet to buy your tickets for the first ever CWP Ball, then don’t worry! There are now more tickets on sale, so do come and join in what promises to be a fun evening,

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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.

Birdwatching Page…

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

Upcoming Events

  1. Nightingale Walk

    1 May @ 7:00 pm
  2. Volunteer Ranger Work Party

    8 May @ 10:00 am
  3. Craft workshop – Make a Felt Fish

    31 May @ 9:30 am
  4. Beginners’ Photography Workshop

    1 June @ 10:00 am
  5. Printmaking workshop

    2 June @ 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.