Sunday 5 April 2009

Keynes Country Park, Spratsgate Lane, Shorncote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire

At the west end of the Cotswold Water Park, Keynes is a low-key leisure park dominated by two lakes. You can park on site, but you will need to pay three pounds per adult and one pound per child to leave at weekends. There is just enough to do to justify the exit fees. If you have brought bikes you can cycle along the pleasant, but fairly short, trails around the lakes. There is also a decent children's playground with a small wooden castle and an undulating slide down to a small sandy beach in front of an area where you can have a chilly swim. If you don't mind spending a few more pounds, you can take a peddle boat or sailing boat out on to the lake or you can get roped up and clamber up some telegraph poles and perform other high wire feats. If the excitement is all too much, you can retreat to the cafe/shop or you can admire the distinctive wooden sculptures of animals dotted around the park. 6/10