|Coate Water Park|
Coate Water Park is in the south-east of Swindon, its most recognisable feature is probably the diving board pictured above. Coate Water was originally a feeder reservoir for the Wilts and Berks canal but later became a pleasure park, hence the diving board. It's no longer in use (except for by birds) but has been given listed status.
There is still plenty do see and do there. As well as the 70 acre lake, there is a pitch and putt course, a model railway, a splash park and plenty of opportunities for bird watching and nature spotting. They have recently started to charge for parking, it costs £1 for two hours' parking and £2 for all day, which doesn't seem too bad.
It's a perfect spot for a good walk, we normally do a route around the lake, but there are other paths you can take. The area obviously gets less busy the further away from the entrance you get, so Barney was able to have a good run off lead.
As you can see, we visited on a fairly grey day, but it's a good spot to visit whatever time of year. Be prepared for it to be very busy in the summer, though.
|Autumn leaves being shed rapidly|
|I can no longer deny that Barney needs a haircut!|
|I love Autumn|
|How long does the lake look?!|
|Good boy, Barney!|