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National Trust Charlecote Park walk, Warwickshire

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Charlecote Park
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Charlecote Park
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Charlecote Park
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Charlecote Park
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Charlecote Park
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This short walk explores the beautifully landscaped grounds of the National Trust’s Charlecote Park, a stunning Victorian home overlooking the River Avon.

Take a stroll through this Capability Brown-inspired landscape, along mown grassy paths that are suitable for big-wheeled buggies. Shakespeare’s River Avon and the lake offer plenty of wildlife-spotting opportunities along the way.

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The section through the gatehouse to the main house isn’t dog friendly, but the rest of the park is. There has been a deer herd here since the mid-1400s.

The Gatehouse is the best example of Tudor architecture at Charlecote. Most of the brick and stonework is more than 400 years old.

It was built for show rather than defence, though. The clock is Victorian and you’ll hear it striking during your walk, and there’s a fallen tree to climb on and explore too.

The ditch and wall on your right is called a ha-ha. St Leonard’s church was rebuilt in 1862 with the help of the Lucy family. Please note the gate into the churchyard is one way and doesn’t allow re-entry into the park.

Carpark:Charlecote, Warwick, CV35 9ER

trainNearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Stratford-upon-avon

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Tips for New Walkers: click here to download (PDF).

Remember to prepare properly before heading out on any type of walk or outdoor activity. Tell people where you are going and what time you are expected back. As Wainwright says "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing".