Water activities

Cotswold Water Park

Cotswold Water Park

The Cotswold Water park is south of Cirencester and has 150 lakes and wetlands covering 40 square miles. For more information please:

The Cotswold Country park and beach

The Cotswold Country Park is four miles south of Cirencester. This offers the following:

  • watersports such as windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and swimming beach
  • fishing
  • boat and cycle hire
  • children's play
  • a cafe
  • educational walks and talks by rangers and experts
  • information and exhibition at the new Millennium Park Centre

For more information, please visit:

Cotswold Canals

Two canals linked the great rivers of Severn and Thames. The Stroud water Navigation connected  the manufacturing town of Stroud with the Severn in 1779. The Thames and Severn Canal crossed the Cotswolds to link Stroud and the western valleys of the Cotswolds with Lechlade, the river Thames and the upper Thames Valley to the east. For more information

The Thames Path

This National Trail follows England’s best known river from source to sea. The river rises in the fields near Kemble at Thames Head. From here it is 184 miles to the Thames Barrier at Greenwich. The Trail is an ideal means of visiting the towns and villages of the upper Thames valley. Lechlade is on the route, and so too are Oxford and Abingdon. For more information please:

More details on water activities and other outdoor activities in the Cotswolds can be found in our fact sheet. We do not accept responsibility for any errors or omissions and inclusion in this list does not imply recommendation.

Cotswold District Council
Trinity Road
Cirencester
Gloucestershire
GL7 1PX