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

Go wild and get wet!

Try an exhilarating inflatable ride and release the inner kid in you. With safe procedures and expert boat handlers, all you have to worry about is how wet you’ll get!

Image:Lakeside Ski

Lakeside Luxury

The Cotswold Water Park is a great year round destination to come and stay, where you will be spoilt for choice from cosy B&Bs to luxury hotels with conference facilities.

Image: Cotswold Water Park Hotel

Blow away the cobwebs

The Cotswold Water Park is home to four well established and popular sailing clubs, all of which offer a very warm welcome.

Image: South Cerney Sailing Club

Angling heaven

To help you catch a big one, you need to have the right equipment. The Cotswold Water Park can provide the angler with everything from bait to bivvies at the angling supplies store

Image : Tackle Den

Explore your world

Take time out with the children to get down and explore the wonders of the natural world, right beneath your feet….the Cotswold Water Park is a fabulous place to see much of our native wildlife.

Image: Lower Mill Estate

The sky's the limit

See the Cotswold Water Park from a different viewpoint – way up high! Challenge yourself with an aerial adventure on the high ropes course, great for families, groups and team building

Image: Head4Heights

Splashing around

Amongst the great choice of facilities around the Cotswold Water Park, there are several great indoor pools, offering family fun, soothing spas and lakeside luxury.

Image: Hoburne Cotswold

Off roading

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

Lakeside Lodges

Let your cares drift away in one of the stunning lakeside lodges available in the Cotswold Water Park, available to rent for short breaks or longer, all year round.

Image: Isis Lake, Watermark Holidays

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

Try a new sport

Why not make 2015 the year to try a new sport…such as Stand up Paddleboarding?
Glide silently and swiftly on crystal clear waters, surrounded by clouds of azure blue damselflies in the summer months.

Image: CWP Hire

Kingfisher c Dave Soons

Love Photography?

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!

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Latest News…

Are you a Chilly Dipper?

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?

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Calling all photographers…

We need your help!
The Cotswold Water Park is an amazing photogenic location all year round, with thousands of people taking thousands of photographs of everything from butterflies to boating…..

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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. Volunteer Ranger work party

    11 October @ 10:00 am
  2. Bat Spooktacular event

    28 October @ 10:00 am
  3. Autumn Photography Workshop for all

    1 November @ 9:30 am
  4. Mud and Fossils – an illustrated talk

    3 November @ 7:30 pm
  5. Volunteer Ranger work party

    15 November @ 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.