A short drive north from Rossendale Bed and Breakfast towards Swindon brings you to Coate Water which offers the visitor a great day out for relaxation or more energetic activities.
You can try your hand at pitch and putt or one of the orienteering courses. If you just want to relax, there are areas to fish, bird watch, play, picnic, barbecue, and even tranquil places to unwind on busy days. If you want to venture further afield there are a number of walks to local villages, and a longer seven-mile (11km) walk to Barbury Castle.
Coate Water Country Park has a 56-acre reservoir built in the 1820s as a headwater tank for the Wiltshire and Berkshire Canal. In the 1970s a smaller lake was created as a flood storage lagoon, which was made Wiltshire’s first Local Nature Reserve in 1976. Most of the site and all the water have been declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest so as to protect the wildlife and wildflower meadows.