Cotswold Country Park and Beach

Cotswold Country Park and Beach - Gloucestershire
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The Cotswold Water Park is an area of 40 square miles containing over 150 lakes. It is around one of these lakes that you will find two small beaches.

The lakes here were created around 40 years ago when the site was used for gravel extraction. Since then they have been allowed to fill with natural, crystal-clear groundwater. The beaches themselves are “artificial” being comprised of nice, soft imported sand.

Of the two beaches “Main beach” is the larger, but there is also a smaller children’s beach. 

Whilst dogs are allowed in the park itself they are not allowed on the beaches or in the water. They must also be kept on a lead at all times. Dogs are allowed on the pedalos and electric mini boats as well as the cafĂ©. 

The Cotswold Country Park provides excellent facilities including water sports such as stand up paddleboarding and kayaking. A new inflatable floating assault course has also been set up on the North Lake.

A cafe, ice-cream hut and beach shack take care of snacks whilst there are plenty of BBQ and picnic areas around the lakes.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dog ban in force

Dogs are only allowed in the surrounding park and must be kept on a lead and not let in the water.

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Crazy golf/putting
  • Swimming/bathing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • First aid point
  • Childrens play area
  • Lost child centre
  • Town centre nearby
  • Shop
  • Beach hut hire
  • Picnic area

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

SU 0282 9595

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