South Cerney - Ashton Keynes - South Cerney

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A flat, mostly waterside walk, which takes you through the heart of Cotswold Water Park, the largest in the UK, consisting of 140 lakes. The lakes were formed after water naturally filled huge pits created after gravel extraction. In recent years they have become increasingly popular for fishing, water-skiing and sailing.

The walk visits two picturesque Cotswold villages, South Cerney and Ashton Keynes, both of which date back to Saxon times. A short section of the Thames Path is also followed as it heads into Ashton Keynes. The river is very much in its infancy here, just a few miles from its source.

There is a wide variety of wildlife to see on this walk, especially birds, so it is well worth while taking binoculars along with you.

England - South England - Wiltshire - Cotswolds


Birds, Flowers, Food Shop, Good for Kids, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Wildlife
20/05/2019 - William Taylor

Like the previous comment the walk from waypoint 13 is not pleasant. From 13 to 15 the farmer has not restored the paths after sowing and the stiles are falling apart. The next field leading to the barn at 16 has barley up to our waists so we walked around the edge. The so called Cotswold Community was a mess and was covered in warnings about guard dogs and no entry. Fortunately the pedestrian gate at point 19 was open.

26/03/2018 - R T Holmes

We recorded this walk at 6.5 miles not the 5.5 miles quoted.

26/03/2018 - R T Holmes

A good, interesting and varied walk but needs to be walked with reference to the OS map as there have been some changes. From waypoint 16 there is no clear path to the barn just visible at the top of the field. The footpath crossing the corner of the next field to waypoint 17 has been closed off and one has to follow the track to waypoint 17. After waypoint 20, where the path approaches the Thames Path, we found it preferable to climb a gate to access the Thames Path and follow this to near waypoint 21 than to use the footpath on the north side of the river.

30/01/2012 - Walkingworld Admin

Our thanks to Melvin Cammack for his update for this walk. January 2012. Adrian (Admin)

27/11/2011 - Melvin Cammack

A pleasant little walk on a crisp November afternoon.

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