Set in 40 square miles of Wiltshire and Gloucestershire countryside, this unique area of over 150 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 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 20,000 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.
|2021 (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)|
* *Open spaces and country parks are still open but please check with individual operators to see if they are open before planning your trip to the water park*
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Map & Directions
M4 J15Follow A419 Cirencester. 3 miles North of Cricklade take B4696 Spine Road junctionM5 J11aFollow A419 Cirencester4 miles south of Cirencester take B4696 Spine Road junction
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good112
- KarenP470BristolTrip Type:FamilyNever too old to try something new!Friday, 6th August 2021This was the first time myself (aged 52) and my 2 sons (22 and 13) tried paddleboarding. Having done a little research beforehand, I chose lake 86 for this experience as they had such good reviews... Read full review
- kk197507Sheffield, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyBrilliant well worth a visitSunday, 29th August 2021We visited here last week as a family to try the paddle boarding and kayaks. I have to say I wish we had visited earlier in our holidays so we could go again! The staff were excellent. So friendly... Read full review
- O3567YYsuemFantastic daySunday, 19th September 2021Me and a friend of mine visited the lake on 17/9/2021. We booked both the tandem kayak and paddleboarding. Neither of us have took part in either activity before and were buzzing when we... Read full review