Walking trail

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

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. Charlecote’s parkland is open 7 days a week. Please note that part of the walk follows our dog-walking route (on short leads, plenty of dog-waste bins provided).

River and trees in Charlecote parkland in summer


Map route for a walk in the park at Charlecote


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 iron gates and walk between the Cedar Lawn and croquet lawn.

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Visitors in summer garden with Judas tree at Charlecote Park


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. Will you spot the deer today?

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Thatched summerhouse in garden at Charlecote Park


Walk down the gentle slope towards the river Avon. Look out for the fallen tree - ideal for climbing if you have the energy!

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Children play on fallen tree in parkland at Charlecote


Turn away from the house and follow the mown path along the river bank and round the edge of the park. Walk towards the waterfall.

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Group of fallow deer in parkland at Charlecote 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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To continue the short walk, stay on the mown path away from the lake towards St Leonard's church. 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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Deer in front of gatehouse at Charlecote Park


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. Buggy and wheelchair friendly.

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).

Do take care along the unfenced riverside and lake and ensure children 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

X18 bus route, Leamington Spa to Stratford-upon-Avon (not Sun).

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

Facilities and access

  • Free parking, restaurant, toilets and shops available at Charlecote Park