We often enjoy walking around the Cotswold Water Park near South Cerney. There is plenty to explore with its 93 miles (150 km) of pathways, bridleways and cycleways.
It is the UK’s largest Marl lake system. Limestone gravel was extracted, and the lakes filled naturally, after work ceased in the early 1970’s. Here you will find 150 lakes set over 40 square miles (100 km2), a significant area for wildlife and particularly for wintering and breeding birds. We love watching Great Crested Grebes dive underwater looking for fish, and spotting Herons flying overhead.
The Water Park offers lots of different activities including kayaking, canoeing, sailing, fishing, cycling, walking and picnic areas.
From the Gateway Visitor’s Centre you can also walk to Cricklade North Meadow, an old hay meadow which is now a National Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. In the Spring time we love to see the rare Snakes Head Fritillaries with their nodding bell-shaped flowers. 80% of the UK population grow here!