Visitor Information

The Gateway Centre at the Cotswold Water Park

With 150 lakes set over 40 square miles, the Cotswold Water Park offers loads of activities for everyone. The Things to Do section will help you find out what you can do where, but here are some other ways we can help answer your query.

July 2016

The Cotswold Water Park is a large area, with lots of  lakes and lots of different activities.

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:

•Decide what it is you would like to do, ie Kayaking, Rowing, Beach, or just sitting by a lake with a picnic.
•Look up the activities on the Things to Do section, and choose one of the leisure providers – there are quite a few!
•Go to their own website to check  opening times and prices, and as it’s going to be busy around here, see if you need to book ahead. ( For example, for some of the watersports, like waterskiing, to avoid disappointment, it is a good idea to do your research before you come)
•If you are new to the area, call into the Gateway Centre and pick up a Leisure Map. This will tell you where you can do the various activities and how to get there.


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The first stop for many visitors is the fabulous Gateway Information Centre, a green oak barn construction with stunning views across a lake. The Gateway Centre is open 7 days a week from 9am – 5pm, with easy access from the main road, and plenty of free parking.

Location: Spine Road, South Cerney GL7 5TL

With an excellent café run by local company Relish, local tourist information, toilets and parking, and Cotswold Outdoor, its a great stopping off point or meeting place.

At weekends and during school holidays ( oops….we are starting on Monday 25th July) the information desk is manned by volunteers who will be able to help you with  your query.



As most of the area of the Cotswold Water Park is part of the countryside, there are the usual obstacles and issues, such as stiles, gates, and muddy footpaths. For wheelchair and mobility scooter users, the best option is to locate the bridlepaths and cycle routes ( Walks Guide Map 5) and to choose a route starting from one of the parking places such as Waterhay car park, the Gateway Centre or Neigh Bridge car park (seasonal parking charges apply – free for CWPT members) along the Spine Road.

In the Eastern section of the Cotswold Water Park, there are delightful places to sit alongside the River Thames, parking at Riverside Park in Lechlade. There is a seasonal charge for parking (free to CWPT members) , but please note that  access into the town is restricted at present due to a narrow flight of steps. However, there are plans to replace the steps with a ramp in the near future.

One of the best sites for people with limited mobility is Cotswold Country Park and Beach, with lakeside paths, toilets, cafe and beach area.