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If you are looking for a truly unique holiday destination then look no further than the Cotswold Water Park arguably one of the best kept secrets of the Cotswolds.  Offering a more relaxed, less crowded holiday destination, in self catering cottages and lodges, than some of the hugely popular towns and villages associated with a typical holiday in the Cotswolds.

A wetland landscape with over 180 lakes, spread across 42 square miles and encompassing 14 different Cotswold villages, it is home to tens of thousands of breeding water birds and other wildlife.  In addition to enjoying the stunning landscape, visitors can enjoy a wide range of leisure activities, water-sports, fishing, walking and cycling on the miles of country trails, or using it as a base from which to visit the wider Cotswolds.

The Cotswold Water Park is managed by The Cotswolds Lakes Trust, a charity dedicated to the conservation and enhancement of the area through enhancing biodiversity, providing recreational facilities for the local community and visitors, as well as the provision of educational resources.

Close to the lovely old market town of Cirencester, just north of Swindon, and only 90 miles from London the Cotswold Water Park is easily accessible by road and train. There is a great choice of places to stay right on the water, with a number of the lakes offering excellent self-catering lakeside holiday cottages and lodges plus additional on site facilities including, heated swimming pools, all weather tennis courts, access to spa facilities, children’s playgrounds, restaurants and cafes as well as some excellent fishing (lake dependant).

The starting point to anyone visiting the area, or wanting to find out more, is usually the Gateway Information Centre, Spine Road, South Cerney Gloucestershire GL7 5TL and next door to our own Orion HQ and open 7 days a week from 9am – 5pm with plenty of free parking available onsite. 


The Cotswold Lakes

There are nearly 200 lakes within the Cotswold Water Park each offering a wide range of leisure activities, water-sports, fishing and nature reserves containing an abundance of wildlife.

Many of the lakes offer self-catering lakeside holiday cottages and lodges that take advantage of the fantastic lake views and provide direct access to the water.  Some also benefit from additional on-site facilities such as a heated swimming pool, tennis courts, childrens’ play areas and Spa access as well as miles of walking and cycling trails to enjoy the area.

With so much choice on offer it is easy to find the right Cotswold holiday destination and property to meet your needs – whether that’s an action packed family holiday or a quiet, romantic short break. and 

The Cotswold Water Park unique holiday destination from Orion Holidays

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Holidays in the Water Park

This incredibly versatile water park is the perfect destination for every type of Cotswold holiday – from short breaks to fun filled family holidays. 

Dog Friendly Holidays in the Cotswolds Water Park

Pet Friendly Holidays

Pet friendly holiday homes with a dog walking haven on your doorstop.

Luxury Spa Breaks in the Cotswold Water Park

Luxury Spa Breaks

Indulge in pure relaxation with access to renowned Cotswold Spas. 

Fishing Holidays in the Cotswold Water Park

Fishing Holidays

Extensive fishing opportunities for all levels of fisherman (or woman). 

Short Stays in the Cotswold Water Park

Short Breaks

Looking for a quick get away – Cotswold short-breaks available from 2 nights.

Hot tub properties

Hot Tub Properties

Relax in your own private hot tub and watch the natural world go by.

Family holidays in the Cotswold Water Park

Family Holidays

Family friendly Cotswold holiday destination packed with activities for all.

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Help and advice for visitors

Things to do in the Area

Water Park FAQ's

As a natural landscape covering 42 square miles the majority of the water park is free to visit other than the Cotswold Country Park and Beach

Car parks run by Cotswold Lakes Trust operate a parking charge, however parking is free for Cotswold Lakes Trust members.

There is a paddling and bathing beach at Cotswold Country Park and Beach and wild swimming is possible at Lake 32 Outdoor Centre and Lake 86

Check websites for seasonal opening times.

Yes there are lots of walks around and from the Cotswold Water Park and with varying distances they are suitable for everyone. 
Check out our blog post for more information on our favourite walks

The Gateway Centre next to the Orion HQ is a good first stop when visiting the area.  The centre is open 7 days a week from 9am – 5pm with lots of free parking.  Find out more here.

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