Discover A Unique
Discover A Unique
Cotswold Water Park
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.
Click on the interactive map of the Cotswold Water Park to locate all of the many leisure activities, holiday cottages and lodges plus food and drink available across the area.
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
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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.
Pet Friendly Holidays
Pet friendly holiday homes with a dog walking haven on your doorstop.
Luxury Spa Breaks
Indulge in pure relaxation with access to renowned Cotswold Spas.
Extensive fishing opportunities for all levels of fisherman (or woman).
Looking for a quick get away – Cotswold short-breaks available from 2 nights.
Hot Tub Properties
Relax in your own private hot tub and watch the natural world go by.
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
How much is the Cotswold Water Park?
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.
Can you swim at the Cotswold Water Park?
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.
Can you walk around the area?
Where can I find out more information?
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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