'Stowedrop' walk

Walking trail

Spreading throughout the gardens our snowdrops can last until the end of February - all depending on the weather which has been very changeable over the last few years. Well, it does keep the gardeners on their toes! For many people they hold a common symbolism of purity, hope and rebirth – timed perfectly for New Year.

Close up picture of snowdrops


A map of Stowe's gardens with a pathway marked


New Inn Farm, Buckingham, MK18 5EQ


Start your walk at New Inn. Feel free to browse the Parlour Rooms or visit the cafe for a hot drink to take with you. Turn right down Bell Gate Drive and into the gardens.

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A brick buildingg has an archway to walk into a central courtyard, surrounded by trees and bushes. The Front of the building has windows on three level as it were once a lodgings house for travelers to stay.


Turn right when you get into the gardens, and soon take the left fork to the Pebble Alcove. After enjoying the view, carry on to rejoin the main path and head to the Temple of Friendship.


Pass the Temple of Friendship and head to the right of the Palladian bridge, towards the Chinese House and Lamport Gardens. You may find some snowdrops hiding in here!


Retrace your steps and head over the Palladian bridge. Turn left after the bridge and walk alongside the lake. Turn right before the wooden bridge and head over to the British Worthies.

A woman giving a child a piggyback on a winter walk


Turn left at the Shell Bridge into the Elysian Fields. This area can have an abundance of snowdrops, so keep your eyes peeled! Head straight up to Grenville's column, and then turn left to walk along the top of the Elysian Fields, looking down across the grass to spot the first signs of Spring.


At the end of the path, turn left and then take the next right, and then right again to follow the lake's edge up to the corner of the lake. Turn right into Sleeping Wood and see if you can see any delicate white buds here.


Follow the path through the Sleeping Wood, and turn left once you reach the end, back onto the main path. Carry on down Gurnet's walk, past the Cascade and left onto Pegg's Terrace. Pass the two lake pavilions and turn right back up Bell Gate Drive and return to New Inn for a slice of cake and a warming drink.

Snowdrops at Hughenden, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire


New Inn Farm, Buckingham, MK18 5EQ

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'Stowedrop' walk

How to get here

New Inn Farm, Buckingham MK18 5EQ
By road

3 miles north-west of Buckingham town, just off the A422 Buckingham to Banbury Road. From M40 take exits 9 to 11, from M1 exits 13 or 15a
Parking: Free (£2 non-members) - these help us maintain and restore the gardens at Stowe
SatNav: MK18 5EQ

By foot

1½ miles from Buckingham, take a stroll up Stowe Avenue for spectacular views to arrive at The New Inn visitor centre.

By bus

Oxford to Cambridge stops in Buckingham town, 1.5 miles from Stowe. The Arriva X60 bus runs from Aylesbury to Milton Keynes, stopping in Buckingham town, 1.5 miles from Stowe.

'Stowedrop' walk

Facilities and access

  • Toilets
  • Baby changing
  • Accessible
  • Cafe