Lakeside walk at Stowe

Walking trail

Enjoy a peaceful walk around the lakes at Stowe, looking at beautiful temples, spotting wildlife and enjoying views as you walk along.

A varied and interesting family-friendly walk

Recently upgraded paths through the wooded area allow pushchair and wheelchair access, and children will love exploring the temples and pebble alcove along the way.

National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire


Map route for Lakeside walk at Stowe


Stowe's wooden bridge, grid ref: SP677372


Start your walk at Stowe's wooden bridge.

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Walk over the wooden bridge along the edge of the lake towards the Palladian Bridge.


Once you've crossed over the Palladian Bridge and enjoyed views in between its pillars, carry on straight ahead towards the ruin of the Temple of Friendship.

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Follow the path along past the Temple of Friendship, and then take a right fork back to the lakeside. This will bring you to the pebble alcove.

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Continue along the lake's edge until you come out into the open once more, to reveal one of the best views at Stowe.

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For a quick diversion, walk down between the two lakes to the Cascade.

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Come back to your path and continue on to the next lake, until you reach a small temple, called the Hermitage.

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After this, take the path towards the Temple of Venus.

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Now follow the path so that you walk along the bottom side of the lake towards point 9, where you will turn again to keep on the lakeside path.


Continue to hug the lake along the path as you go back into a wooded area. This has recently been upgraded so that pushchairs and wheelchairs can use the path.

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Now follow the lake side path back to the wooden bridge.

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Stowe's wooden bridge, grid ref: SP677372

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Lakeside walk at Stowe


Gravelled paths and gates.

Dogs on leads welcome.

Lakeside walk at Stowe

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Lakeside walk at Stowe

How to get here

New Inn Farm, Stowe, Buckingham MK18 5EQ
By road

3 miles (4.8km) north-west of Buckingham off A422. Motorway M40 (exits 9 to 11) and M1 (exits 13 or 15a).

By foot

3 miles (4.8km) from Buckingham along Stowe Avenue and along bridleway through parkland.

By bus

Nearest buses serve Buckingham (3 miles (4.8km)).

Lakeside walk at Stowe

Facilities and access

  • Dogs on leads welcome
  • Café, gift shop, toilets and baby-changing facilities available