A walk through the parkland at Charlecote near Stratford-upon-Avon

Walking trail

Take a stroll through this beautiful ‘Capability’ Brown-inspired landscape at any time of year, along mown grassy paths that are suitable for big-wheeled buggies. Shakespeare's Avon and the lake offer plenty of wildlife-spotting opportunities along the way.

A pleasant circular walk suitable for all the family

Please note: This article was created before the coronavirus crisis, and does not reflect the current situation. Start the walk at POINT 9 and follow the path beside the haha round to POINT 4 then continue from there.

Our walk timings are based on a gentle amble and allow plenty of time to see our fallow deer and Jacob sheep, and there are lovely views of the house in its riverside setting. Bring your binoculars and enjoy our wildlife.
You must book ahead to walk in the parkland.
Part of the walk follows our dog-walking route (on short leads, plenty of dog-waste bins provided).

Buttercups in foreground of meadow at Charlecote Park with blue skies


Trail map for an easy stroll through the parkland at Charlecote Park


The Gatehouse, Charlecote Park: SP259563


Start from the Gatehouse and walk towards the main house. The house was built in the 1550s for the first Sir Thomas Lucy. It was one of the first great Elizabethan houses and although it has undergone many changes, some of the original brickwork remains.

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Front porch of Charlecote Park house showing coat of arms


Turn right through the blue gates and walk between the Cedar Lawn and croquet lawn towards the thatched summerhouse.

There are toilets behind the summerhouse at the back of the Orangery tearoom.

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Thatched summerhouse at Charlecote Park with blossom tree and pots of bulbs


Walk along the path ahead of you to the left of the summerhouse along the length of the Long Border. Go through the metal gate on your left to drop down into the parkland.

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Path through parkland at Charlecote Park with lake, fallen tree and blue sky


Walk down the gentle slope towards the river Avon. You'll often spot the deer here, but please don't approach them as they are wild animals and can be unpredictable.

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Fallow deer in parkland at Charlecote Park late spring losing antlers


Turn away from the house and follow the mown path towards the waterfall at the head of the lake.

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Cascade waterfall at hed of lake at Charlecote Park in spring


Follow the mown path by the side of the lake for the short walk. Alternatively, bear left at the head of the lake to follow the Hill Park walk (an additional 20 minutes). The mown paths are easy to follow but there are no waymarkers, so do check your map. You'll rejoin the short walk at point 7, half-way along the lake.

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Enjoy views of St Peter's Church in Hampton Lucy from across the parkland


To continue the short walk, stay on the mown path away from the lake towards the Lucy family church, St Leonard's.

To take the long walk carry on along the lakeside and bear right as you reach the boundary fence, continuing to follow the mown path towards St Leonard's church. You rejoin the short walk at the churchyard.

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View of St Leonards church in parkland at Charlecote


With your back to the church, follow the mown path down the avenue of trees back towards the Gatehouse (point 9 on your map). There are toilets signposted to the left of the Gatehouse.

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Stroll back to the gatehouse after a walk through Charlecote's parkland


The Gatehouse, Charlecote Park: SP259563

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A walk through the parkland at Charlecote near Stratford-upon-Avon


A pleasant circular stroll along mown grassy paths. Flat enough for big-wheeled buggies in dry conditions.

We recommend sturdy footwear throughout the year.

The walk can be lengthened in two places to 1.12 miles (1.8km), taking around an hour at ambling speed. Either take the Front Park long walk option or the additional route around Hill Park (see map).

Please be aware of the unfenced riverbanks and lake and ensure that all children in your care are supervised at all times.

A walk through the parkland at Charlecote near Stratford-upon-Avon

Contact us

A walk through the parkland at Charlecote near Stratford-upon-Avon

How to get here

Charlecote Park, Warwick, CV35 9ER
By train

Stratford-upon-Avon 6 miles (9.5km); Warwick town 8 miles (13km); Warwick Parkway 8 miles (13km); Leamington Spa 8 miles (13km). Taxis available from all stations.

By road

6 miles (9.5km) south of Warwick on north side of B4086. Use postcode CV35 9ER for SatNav.

By bus

X17 bus route, Leamington Spa to Stratford-upon-Avon (not Sundays).

A walk through the parkland at Charlecote near Stratford-upon-Avon

Facilities and access

  • Free parking, cafe, toilets and shop available at Charlecote Park