Cotswold Water Park

Take a relaxing ride around the flat Gloucestershire country lanes of the 40 square acres of Cotswold Water Park or why not try the off-road trails for completely traffic-free cycling.

The Cotswold Water Park is a natural conservation area with over 140 lakes protecting local wildlife and providing a wintering and breeding ground for birds.


Cotswold Water Park is located south of Cirencester, 28 miles south of Gloucester. For first time visitors, and for free parking, stop at the Gateway Information Centre, Spine Road, South Cerney GL7 5TL.

Let’s Pedal

The Cotswold Water Park offers a circular off-road cycle ride so mountain bikes are recommended and the meandering route is waymarked with black and white bittern signs. The route follows a trail so some experience is required. For those not feeling confident trail-riding, there are many traffic-calmed roads throughout the park to enjoy.

The circular trail cycle route begins at the Gateway Information Centre following National Cycle Network route 45 signs.

Take a left onto the cycle path following signs and taking care crossing roads until opposite the Bridge car park.

Cross the road through the arches and onto the bridleway before crossing over at the top of Station Road. Continue following  NCN 45 signs for approximately 2.3km, under the arches and along the embankment until you come to a steep descent. Turn left back towards South Cerney past the public houses and shops. Stay to the right, turn right then left at the memorial cross on Broadway Lane.

At the end of the houses after The Leaze, take the bridleway on your right (look out for the wooden motorcycle barrier). After the narrow wooden bridge, take an immediate left, keeping the stream on your left. Follow the grass and gravel track around the lake past Whitefriars Sailing Club, join the tarmac path to the road.

Be careful turning left onto the road as it can become busy. Next take Spine Road on your left, and join the cycle path after 50 metres. Follow the path for 800 metres.

Immediately after the Clayhill car park, cross the road onto the bridleway (look at for the motorcycle barrier). Follow the path ahead then go right along the field edges and through gap in the hedge (another motorcycle barrier), and join the bridleway which leads to the road. Cross the road at the bend to the bridleway.

Pass the kissing gate, turn left at the track junction and join the Thames Path following around the lakes and river to the humped wooden bridge.

If you wish to take the detour to Reed hide, do so here.

Continue on the Thames Path, take the left at the first T-junction, and right at second T-junction onto Elmlea Meadow before taking the left onto the old railway line. Follow this to the main Spine Road, turn right onto the cycle track and retrace your original route back to the Gateway Centre.

Route Distance

FromToDistance (Miles)Distance (Km)
Cotswold Water ParkCotswold Water Park1016
Cotswold Water Park (extended)Cotswold Water Park (extended)1118


You will find a number of refreshment stops available within Cotswold Water Park:

Waterside Café, Jennie’s Kitchen, 222 Coffee, The Gateway Café.

Public houses can be found in:

Shorncote, South Cerney, on the A419, Ashton Keynes.


Toilets are located at:

The Gateway Centre

Cycle Hire available at:

Somerford Keynes

Tourist information available at:

The Gateway Centre

How to get here

By Car

Cotswold Water Centre is located south of Cirencester, and north of Swindon of the A419.

Car Parking

Car parking is available at these locations:

Car ParkLocationPostcode
The Gateway Information CentreNear Cerney WickGL7 5TL
Neigh Bridge Car ParkNear OakseyGL7 6DX
Waterhay Car ParkNear Aston KeynesSN6 6QW
Clayhill Car ParkNear Hoburne CotswoldSN6 6PF

By Cycle

National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 45 runs through Cotswold Water Park from Cirencester to Swindon.

By Train

Kemble or Swindon.


  • Distance (miles): 10 or 11
  • Distance (km): 16 or 18
  • Location: Cotswold Water Park
  • Type: Country Park
  • Surface: Tarmac, gravel, earth
  • Sat Nav: GL7 5TL


  • Car Park
  • Cycle Hire
  • Free Entry
  • Picnic Site
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets
  • Tourist Information

Cycle Hire


Tall Trees
Water Lane
Somerford Keynes

Opening Times

Open all year round except for any temporary closures due to works.


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