Cotswold Water Park

Cotswold Water Park covers 40 square miles across the counties of Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. With almost 50 lakes, it is a haven for wildlife and a popular destination for walking, fishing and sailing. The park is the largest marl lake system in the UK, created during the late 20th century by extracting glacial Jurassic limestone gravel that had eroded from the Cotswold Hills. The area lies south of Cirencester and north of Cricklade. On the doorstep of holiday cottages in Cotswold Water Park, the Country Park Beach is the largest inland beach in the country and is a wonderful spot for sunbathing, swimming, kayaking and sunbathing. Many activities are available, including paintballing, rally driving, water-skiing and windsurfing.

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Exploring the lakes and countryside from your holiday cottage in Cotswold Water Park, look out for the wildflowers that carpet the water meadows, bats flying over the water at dusk, and hobbies hunting dragonflies. Birdwatchers won’t want to miss Cleveland Lake Reserve, where little egret, gadwall and other rare birds can be spotted from the footpaths which follow the water’s edge, or one of three bird viewing hides. Nearby, Coke’s Pit Lake is another spectacular spot for a stroll or a picnic, just to the east of the pretty village of Somerford Keynes. 

For day trips on self-catering holidays in Cotswold Water Park, the countryside and villages of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natura Beauty is a scenic drive northward, while the rolling hills of North Wessex lie to the park’s south.

The market town of Cirencester is well worth a visit, with fine historic architecture, plenty of independent businesses to explore, and lovely walks along the banks of the River Churn. Further south, the compact town of Cricklade features several historic churches, pubs and walks along the River Thames.