Great White Egret

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Paddle board yoga


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Learn to sail in the Cotswold Water Park

Autumn on Bow Wow in South Cerney

© David Hall

Cycling in the Cotswold Water Park

Welcome to the Cotswold Water Park Website

Coronavirus/Covid-19 Update 21st May 2020


All of the Trust’s car parks are now open.

Use of our car parks and the sites to which they give access will be kept under constant review, and should we feel that public or staff health is being put at risk then we will not hesitate to implement further temporary closures.

We ask that visitors utilise the ‘Covid-free’ RingGo card payment option at all our sites (location code 4848), to avoid the need to touch parking machines – we recommend downloading the RingGo app in advance of your visit.  Cotswold Water Park Trust members park for free, so if you are a regular visitor then we would encourage you to join us here:

We would also like to remind all visitors that maintenance of sites is extremely challenging at this time, so please help us by adhering to government guidelines, keeping dogs on a lead, and taking your litter and dog waste home with you.

Leisure operators within the CWP will be making their own arrangements for reopening as soon as government guidance allows.  Please check with them directly for further details.

The Cotswold Water Park is an area of 40 square miles, with more than 170 lakes set across the countryside of Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and West Oxfordshire.

The Cotswold Water Park Trust is a charity which does much more than look after the tourism potential of the area – including estate management, biodiversity protection, conservation and wildlife protection. We rely on membership subscriptions and donations to fund our important work, and on our volunteers who do amazing work on behalf of the community.

Within the Cotswold Water Park there is a diverse range of businesses offering accommodation, leisure activities and food and drink. This website, which is managed by The Cotswold Water Park Trust, brings many of those businesses together to provide a central listing of what is available within this major tourist destination.

Cotswold Water Park Trust membership

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A Cotswold Water Park Trust annual membership includes:

  • Free parking at all CWP Trust run car parks
  • 15% discount off food and drinks at Gateway Centre cafe
  • 10% discount off purchases at Cotswold Outdoor
  • 10% discount off food at Lakeside Brasserie
  • 10% discount off food and drinks at Jennies Kitchen
  • Discount off events
  • Priority booking on events
  • Members’ newsletter

and help to make the Cotswold Water Park a better place for wildlife and people.
All from just £18

How to join

Please note this membership does not give free access to Cotswold Country Park and Beach.

Latest News…

Update from Bowmoor Sailing Club

Bowmoor Sailing Club is a member only club and does not provide day tickets for visitors. The club is still accepting membership applications from active sailors and open water swimmers. Current Covid restrictions can be seen...

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Grey Herons nesting in the Cotswold Water Park

We are now well into the nesting season, with most birds having at least made a start; however, some of the earliest breeders have already raised young and watched them fly. Nest building will have commenced back in January for the trailblazers and amongst them are...

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What’s On

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

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What people say…


“Loved this place, lovely lodges, clean very well arranged & have everything you need for an enjoyable weekend away.”
Watermark Holidays review from Trip Advisor


“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


“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!!”

Cotswold Water Park review, Trip Advisor

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


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 170 lakes,

set across the countryside of Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and West Oxfordshire.