Cotswold Water Park
Set in 42 square miles of Wiltshire and Gloucestershire countryside, this unique area of over 180 lakes known as the Cotswold Water Park has something for everyone – from watersports and land activities, fantastic and varied birdwatching, excellent angling, off road cycling, an inland beach, peaceful lakeside walks to beautiful Cotswold towns and villages waiting to be explored. You can come for a day visit, a short break or a family holiday.
The first stop for many visitors is the Gateway Information Centre, a 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. From here you will be able to pick up a free Leisure Map which will tell you where you can do the various activities and how to get there.
There are many activities to choose from catering for all ages and abilities. With clear water and no tides to worry about, the lakes are perfect for trying a wide range of water sports for beginners and experts alike with friendly and experienced tutors available to help you. Choose from sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, windsurfing, water skiing and wakeboarding. The area also has an inland beach for family bathing and paddling (admission charge applies). and it even has its own separate paddling area for dogs.
If you prefer to stay on dry land, the area has miles of off road paths for walking and cycling or alternatively you could try archery, shooting, fishing, golf, paint balling, wildlife skills and even rally driving.
Wherever you go in the Cotswold Water Park, take your binoculars with you. The area has a huge variety of birds visiting and living in the area throughout the year. In summer, watch the aerial antics of hobbies as they hunt dragonflies, look for bats skimming the lake surface for flies at dusk and seek out the magical carpet of wildflowers in the ancient water meadows. On hot sunny days, walk through clouds of blue damselflies near the lake edges and keep a look out for nesting grebes. Ducks love the Water Park in the winter too, with tens of thousands of water birds feeding on many of the larger lakes.
Much of the accommodation in the Cotswold Water Park is situated right next to the lakes. Choose from charming wooden chalets, New England style lodges, a family holiday park or four star hotel luxury. Whether you choose self-catering, full board or B&B, each of these places has its own unique character offering facilities such as indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, luxury spas, beauty treatments and fine dining. In the local area, you can discover traditional country pubs serving local beers and home cooked dishes, plus some great lakeside cafes and bistros.
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
- On-Site café/restaurant
- Picnic Site
Children & Infants
- Facilities for children
- Dog Friendly
- Dogs Accepted
- In countryside
- Outdoor Attraction
Parking & Transport
- Car parking
- On site parking
- Parking (charge)
- Parking (free)
Travel & Trade
- Wi-fi available
|Opening (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)|
M5 – exit at Junction 11A. Follow A417/9 for Cirencester. 4 miles south of Cirencester, take B4696 Spine Road Junction.M4 – exit at Junction 15, follow A419 for Cirencester. 3 miles north of Cricklade, take B4696 Spine Road Junction.
Public Transport Directions
Public transport: Traveline – 0871 200 2233, National Rail – 08457 484950, National Express – 0871 781 8181. Cycling – Sustrans NCN Route 45.
Tripadvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good112