Dramatic skies

Autumn is a great time of the year in the Cotswold Water Park, with stunning colours, dramatic skies and still reflections.

Mallard Lake c Robin Rogers

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

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

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

Flock of Birdwatchers

Thousands of birds arrive from the frozen North into the Cotswold Water Park through the autumn to spend the winter here in these sheltered warmer waters. Why not join us on a birdwatching walk – check out the events page for more details.

Long Tailed tit

Keep a look out amongst the reedbeds and hedgerows for these delightful flights of fancy as they gather food for the coming winter.

© Dave Soons


Misty mornings

Exploring the Water Park on foot or bike during the Autumn months offers rich rewards, with early morning mists, dramatic sunsets and rich golden colours.

© David Hall



Take a walk!

Wrap up and head off into the Autumn sunshine for a crisp walk, maybe calling in to a village pub to sample the local ales.

Bow Wow, South Cerney © David Hall

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!

Why not share your photos?

Latest News…

CWP Trust receives national award

The unique landscape of the Cotswold Water Park and the work of the Cotswold Water Park Trust has been recognised in a national award ceremony recently held by the Minerals Product Association in London.

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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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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. FULLY BOOKED Christmas Decoration Workshop

    7 December @ 9:30 am
  2. Volunteer Ranger work party

    13 December @ 10:00 am
  3. Volunteer Ranger work party

    10 January, 2016 @ 10:00 am
  4. Winter Photography Workshop

    16 January, 2016 @ 9:30 am
  5. Winter Water Birds Walk

    30 January, 2016 @ 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.