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Stowe Park from Chackmore Walk

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 4.3 miles / 7 km

Ascent - 250 feet / 76 metres

Grade - easy

Start - OS grid reference SP683357
Lat 52.015532 + Long -1.0061901
Postcode MK18 5JJ (approx. location only)

This Buckinghamshire walk follows the boundary of majestic Stowe Park where Capability Brown was first employed as head gardener. The paths used for this walk do not enter Stowe Park which is a National Trust property. However, you may wish to pay the admission to see the grounds close at hand. The start is the small free car park at the western end of Chackmore village (grid ref. SP683357) close to Stowe Avenue.

After parking, turn right along Stowe Avenue and continue to the Corinthian Arch. Just before the arch you reach a junction. Turn left and follow the Ouse Valley Way soon passing through a gate adjacent to a cattle grid. Stay on the clear track passing between two lakes. Four hundred metres past the lakes you reach a road junction flanked by two pavilions (grid ref. SP669369).

Bear half right and follow the straight road through an avenue of mature trees (initially still on the Ouse Valley Way). On your right is the rear of Stowe House which is now an independent school. Continue past the National Trust Visitor Reception and car park on your right. Ahead you can see Wolfe's Obelisk on the left. Continue along the road following it round to the right and ignoring the track going straight ahead. Walk to the small gate with waymarks ahead.

Go through the gate into a field. At the end of the field, cross the stile and continue along the edge of the next field to a gate by a cottage on your right. Go through the gate into a field and follow the bridleway which initially heads southeast. Cross the small stream (grid ref. SP683373). Continue along the track in a southerly direction to reach a track on the right that leads to the New Inn Visitor Centre (grid ref. SP684387). From this track follow the bridleway south across fields to reach a road just west of Chackmore village (grid ref. SP687360). Turn left along this road back to the start.

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