From the Waterpark Gateway Centre, we follow the old Thames & Severn canal along the Thames & Severn Way taking care as there are many tree roots to negotiate. We leave the canal at a lock and take the minor road through Cerney Wick.
After the hamlet and a couple of bends, we cross the old Midland and South Western Junction Railway and turn left to join the old track all the way to Cricklade. It is not necessary to go all the way to Cricklade, however, as we will leave the path to join the Thames Path at a turning on the right after half a mile. So if you do go on the Cricklade, you will need to return to this point.
Our route now wanders past a number of lakes including Manorbrook fishing lake until we reach Waterhay car park. This is not accessible however, due to a horse stile and locked gate.
Turning north, we follow a straight track until we reach a minor road – Fridays Ham Lane. At the T junction we turn right on the B4696 and follow, on footpath, all the way back to the start.
Some roads have to be travelled so take extra care.
The canal bank can be muddy and slippery and has tree routes to be negotiated.
Avoid after rain as the area can flood.
NOTE - the large gate at Cricklade under the railway bridge might be chained shut.
Lake 6 The, Spine Rd E, Cirencester GL7 5TL
Leave the A419, Swindon to Cirencester road, at the junction for Ashton Keynes B 4696.
After leaving the junction complex, turn left into the Gateway Cafe / Cotswold Outdoor car park.
ParkingAt the Gateway Cafe. Free. No height restritions.
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EquipmentSuitable for an off-road scooter such as the Tramper