Cotswold Water Walk, (9.5km)

To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night to be seated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring… these are some of the rewards of the simple life.

William Borough

When my sister and I headed out early in the morning – about 8am – the temperature was distinctively glacial. But sunny… and the sky was blue and the air was clear and crisps and smelled, I dare say, of spring.Anyway, we had layers and layers on and were determined not to waste the day given the forecast for the oncoming week (bleurgh!….)

We headed towards Cirencester, with the intention of walking around the Cotswold water park and it definitively a good choice. Being so early we literally had the place to ourselves and only encountered a handful of people… by the time we got back, two hours later it was getting really busy.

The trail/path begins right behind the Cotswold Outdoor shop and although you do hear the main road which is not far away at all… it’s still very pleasant.

It is an easy walk. The first part follows the canal for a good while, at this time of year there are not many flowers, but the hedges are slowly flowering and the birds serenaded us the whole time.

Even though you can still see frost on the grass it didn’t feel cold. The sun was definitively fighting to be felt.

Beautifully lock house at Cerney Lock… it’s round and looks very romantic. Would love to have a peep inside.

When the path turns right (the walk is one big circle) there are two canals meeting each other and you follow the dry one till you get to the River Thames. Murphy is having the time of his life, he must have run three time the distance we walked.

And yes… THE Thames… the big, giant river that crossed London… begins not far from here and I got very excited. My sister is used to me being excited about weird things, so she just looked at me and carried on… but c’mon the Thames… wow!


Murph had a close encounter with a huge swan who didn’t take too lightly to him wanting to swim an hissed wildly. The swan won, and the dog literally run away with the tail between his legs pretending nothing had happened. Quite funny.

The trail gets wider on the return legs to the water park, but it is still very pleasant.

And between a chocolate hot cross bun and a whole lot of chats… we were back before we knew it.

How inviting is that water?

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