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Cirencester has some of the greatest walks and scenic views of any town in the Cotswolds. You don't have to go miles out of town to enjoy a stroll -- they are easily reached from the center at Market Place. On the grounds of the Church of St. John the Baptist , attractive trees and shrubs highlight a well-manicured landscape. You can see swans and wild fowl on the River Churn and the lake, even remnants of the town's Roman walls. For a great stroll, take 1.6km-long (1 mile) riverside walk along the Churn from Barton Lane to the Abbey Grounds.

For more walks, head south from Market Place for 4.8km (3 miles) to Cotswold Water Park, a 1,214-hectare (3,000-acre) setting of parkland and woodland walks. Pedestrian access is from Cecily Hill (no vehicles). This is Britain's largest water park, with more than 133 lakes created by extracting gravel. Known for its wildlife, the park is filled with picnic tables and barbecue sites, along with a network of footpaths. Concessions here will hook you up with sailing, fishing, canoeing, cycling, kayaking, horseback riding, and water-skiing. All equipment needed is for rent on-site. Swimming is possible June to September. The park is signposted off B4696, Shorncote (tel. 01285/861459; www.waterpark.org). Entrance to the park June to August Monday to Friday is £3 for adults, rising to £4 on Saturday and Sunday; the rest of the year it's £1 for adults. Children pay 50p April to September; from October to March, children enter free.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.