They include the Thames Path National Trail and the towpath of the old Thames and Severn Canal. There are also a number of designated cycle routes and bridleways, including the old Swindon and Cricklade Railway. Ten minutes drive north are some of the most magnificent walks in the UK – beautiful rolling Cotswold countryside, hidden footpaths – and very few walkers, so you really will have the feeling of getting away from it all.
If you’re a keen biker, or simply enjoy a leisurely hour or so in the saddle, there’s a 12-mile circuit around the lakes, half of it off road, as well as miles of country lanes and bridleways to explore. For the more adventurous, there are plenty of hills that offer more challenging cycling and outstanding views. Perfect for keeping fit! GoByCycle, a local company, provide bike hire and can even deliver to the lodge.
You can contact them on Telephone No – 07970 419208.
Horse riding in the Cotswolds is a wonderful way to see the countryside and enjoy the company of these fabulous animals. There are many miles of public bridleways nearby, plus numerous riding centres close to Watermark that provide both tuition as well as trekking opportunities. They cater for both the experienced and novice rider. Maybe this kind of saddle is more your style! For more information, contact either:
Rein & Shine Riding School – 01666 860068 or The Talland School of Equitation – 01285 740155
You may not make the cut for the British Open, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this ancient game. There are wide variety of courses in the area to choose from. What’s more, they’re all in an area of outstanding natural beauty – complemented by access to world famous towns and cities, places of beauty and history…and scenery that is quintessentially English. Fore!
South Cerney Golf Course 01285 861001
Oakley Park Golf Club 01666 577995
Cirencester Golf Club 01285 652465
Fishing is the largest participation sport in the UK…and your holiday wouldn’t be complete without giving you the opportunity to enjoy it. All of the lakes on site are free to fish and are fully stocked for either Coarse Fishing or Fly Fishing. There is also a local Angling shop nearby with fresh bait and everything else you might need.
https://www.tackleden.co.uk/ 01285 862716
Castles and Stately Homes
We are very fortunate to have three historic castles and two stately homes within easy driving distance of the lodge. For more information click on the links below to be taken to the individual websites.
Oasis in Swindon, www.oasisleisure.co.uk
Cirencester – Indoor and outdoor pool, www.everyoneactive.com
Cricklade Leisure Centre – Indoor pool, www.crickladeleisure.com
De Vere – Spa 6, www.phcompany.com/de-vere/cotswold-water-park-hotel
At The Link Centre – Swindon, www.leisureinswindon.co.uk/ice-arena/programme
Indoor Play Areas
Magicland indoor play area – Cirencester, www.magicland.co.uk
Cirencester, Cheltenham, Swindon Designer Outlet Village, www.mcarthurglen.com
South Cerney Outdoor
Located on the adjacent lake is South Cerney Outdoor offering a wide range of activities for all ages including Sailing, Windsurfing, Kayaking, Canoeing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Snorkelling as well as open water swimming.
http://www.southcerneyoutdoor.co.uk/ (01285) 860388
Cotswold Country Park
Just minutes from your holiday getaway at Watermark Lakes is the Cotswold Country Park & Beach. It’s close to the village of Somerford Keynes. Check their website for opening times before visiting. The park offers the largest inland beach in the UK, with lifeguards on duty for paddling and swimming. They have lots of water-based activities including; boat hire, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, water zorbing, raft building and various team building activities (Summer months only). For the young ones, there’s a 9 hole crazy golf course & adventure playgrounds.
For more information about Cotswold Country Park and Beach please contact them on: 01793 752413 or visit their website: www.cotswoldcountrypark.co.uk.
Lakeside Ski & Wake offers inflatable rides, water skiing & wake boarding on Spring Lake.
Fancy riding a ringo, stingray, UFO or banana boat? There is lots of choice on Spring Lake, providing you, your family or a group booking with a memorable experience … these fast and furious inflatable rides will certainly take your breath away! Not only do Lakeside offer inflatable rides but they also cater for beginners and pro’s alike when it comes to wake boarding and water skiing .
For further info or to make a booking please visit: www.lakeside-ski.co.uk or call 01285 860606/862894
Day Spa Experiences
Spa 6 (located over the road) has an extensive heat and water therapy suite in addition to a full range of beauty treatments, to ensure that you leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
- State-of-the-art Technogym™ gymnasium
- 11-metre hydrotherapy pool
- Steam room
- Experience shower
- Crushed ice fountain
- Drench shower
- Volcanic Hot Stone Body Massage
- Hot Stone Back Massage
- Aroma Ultimate “Relaxer” Body Massage
- Aroma Back Relief Massage
- Aroma “Body Brilliance” Prescriptive Wrap
- Skin Bliss
- “Indian Sandalwood” Soothing Scalp Massage
For more information or to book a treatment please contact the Spa on 0845 500 6666 to book or enquire
Cafe at the Gateway Centre (over the road) 01793 752413
Discover the delights of the cafe by Relish at the stunning Gateway Centre – offering fresh local dishes, mouth watering cakes and excellent coffee seven days a week all with a wonderful lakeside setting, easy access and free parking. Tourist Information point for the Cotswold Water Park.
Wild Duck Inn 01285 770310
The Wild Duck is a mellow Cotswold stone inn dating back to 1568 steeped in history with oak beams, ancestral portraits and open log fires. An extensive wine list and real ales compliment the fresh local produce used in our innovative menu
Old Boathouse Pub (over the road) 01285 864111
Pub food served all day every day with a lakeside setting.
Spring Lake Brasserie (adjacent lake) 01285 862894
Local lakeside brasserie.
Royal Oak South Cerney 01285 860999
The Royal Oak is a 300 year old pub offering fantastic food and drinks, see our website for more details.
South Cerney Fish and Chips (telephone orders welcome) 01285 861007 (GL7 5UA)
If you are looking for alternative places to dine, download a PDF of walks and places to eat.