Great White Egret

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Image © Dave Kilby

Paddle board yoga


© Dave Kilbey

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

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.

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.

The Cotswold Country Park & Beach

The Cotswold Water Park Trust does not operate the Cotswold Country Park & Beach. 

Telephone 01285 868096 or
book online

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 drink at Gateway Centre cafe
  • 10% discount off purchases at Cotswold Outdoor
  • 10% discount off food at Lakeside Brasserie
  • Members’ only events and offers
  • 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…

Winter Thrushes in the Cotswold Water Park

Every autumn thousands of birds flood into the Cotswold Water Park, to spend the winter with us. Many are waterbirds, but two of the commonest are certainly happier on land; Redwings and Fieldfares. These closely related members of the thrush family spend the summer...

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Volunteering in the CWP

During the course of every year, staff and volunteers at the Cotswold Water Park Trust carry out lots of work to enhance the area for wildlife. In recent times this has included: Clearing trees from islands, to provide better nesting habitat for terns, gulls and...

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Notice of temporary path closure at Cleveland Lakes

The Cleveland Lakes permissive path will be closed from Monday the 2nd September 2019 until Monday 14th October for the purposes of site preparation and filming. During this closure, access to the Cleveland Lakes Reed Hide and the Lake 74 viewing screen will be via...

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What’s On

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

Water Park Videos

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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 150 lakes,

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