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.

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

For details of what to do and where to do it,

Step 1: Go to Things to Do

Step 2: Choose your activity

Step 3: click through to each individual operator’s website for loads more details, including opening times, prices etc


Talk to a person

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 the information desk is manned by volunteers who will be able to help you with  your query.

And if all that does not help, and you cannot find the information you need, you can call the CWP Trust office on 01793 752413, Monday to Friday from 9am – 5pm.

Or email us at the Cotswold Water Park office – we do respond pretty quickly!



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.