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A blanket of snowdrops in front of a rotunda which is surrounded by trees at Stowe, Buckinghamshire.
Snowdrops at Stowe | © National Trust Images / Hugh Mothersole
Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire & Berkshire

Stowe's 'Stowedrops' walk

Spreading throughout the garden at Stowe, snowdrops can last until the end of February (weather dependant). For many people they hold a common symbolism of purity, hope and rebirth – timed perfectly for New Year.

Planning your visit

Please note this trail is only accessible when Stowe is open.

Total steps: 7

Total steps: 7

Start point

New Inn Farm, Buckingham, MK18 5EQ

Step 1

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

Step 2

Turn right when you get into the garden, 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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

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.

Step 7

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.

End point

New Inn Farm, Buckingham, MK18 5EQ

Trail map

A map of Stowe's gardens with a pathway marked
A map of Stowe's 'Stowedrops' walk around the garden | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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