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William Shakespeare

Walking Holiday on the Shakespeare's Way
Stratford-upon-Avon to Oxford in the UK

Walking holiday on Shakespeare's Way
Enjoy a self-guided walking holiday on 58 miles of the Shakespeare's Way from Stratford-upon-Avon to Oxford.
You pass through some of Southern England's greatest attractions: The Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxford.
The route starts at Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare's birthplace, home to Anne Hathaway's cottage and the world famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
You walk through the Cotswolds, to Blenheim Palace and Woodstock, joining the Thames near Oxford.
Suggested Tour Duration:
7 nights, 6 days walking
Total Distance:
58 miles
Min/max daily distance:
7/12 miles
Average Daily distance:
10 miles
Grading:
easy/moderate
Features:

Stratford-upon-Avon
Shakespeare's birthplace
Rollright Stones
Woodstock, Blenheim Palace
Oxford
This route connects with:
The Thames Path
Walking holiday on Shakespeare's Way from Statford-upon-Avon to Globe Theatre, London
Shakespeare's birthplace on self-guided walking holiday on Shakespeare's Way
Online Booking Available!
Day 1: Arrive Stratford-upon-Avon    
You start your walking holiday on the Shakespeare's Way by arriving at Stratford-upon-Avon.
Preston on Stour on walking holiday on Shakespeare's Way Day 2: Stratford-upon-Avon to Newbold-on-Stour    9 miles
You commence on the Shakespeare's Way by walking along the River Avon, but then make your way to the River Stour where you walk through the Stour villages of Clifford Chambers, Atherstone-on-Stour, Preston-on-Stour, Alderminster, and finally Newbold-on-Stour where you spend the night.
Day 3: Newbold-on-Stour to Shipston-on-Stour    8 miles
Your walk in the Stour valley today takes you through Halford and Honington, which is one of the most beautiful villages in the Cotswolds. Look out for the 16th century half-timbered Magpie House. Then just a short stroll to Shipston-on-Stour.
Honington on walking holiday on Shakespeare's Way
Long Compton on walking holiday on Shakespeare's Way

Day 4: Shipston-on-Stour to Long Compton    7 miles    
Leaving Shipston-on-Stour you continue walking along by the River Stour until the hamlet of Willington where you leave the river bank and cut across to Cherington and leave the River Stour behind. Now it is just a short stroll to Long Compton for the night.

Day 5: Long Compton to Enstone    12 miles    
A short detour from the Shakespeare's Way today will take you to the Rollright Stones, an ancient site consisting of The Kings Men stone circle, The King Stone and the Whispering Knights dolmen. Back on the route you continue through the hamlet of Little Rollright, the village of Salford, the town of Chipping Norton, and on to the village of Enstone for the overnight stop.

Rollright Stones on walking holiday on Shakespeare's Way
Blenheim Palace on walking holiday on Shakespeare's Way Day 6: Enstone to Woodstock    11 miles    
Leaving Enstone you walk through the grounds of Ditchley Park and Blenheim Palace before arriving at Woodstock. There is so much to see at Blenheim Palace that you might consider taking an extra day to really enjoy the beautiful house and gardens.

Day 7: Woodstock to Oxford    11 miles    
The first village you walk through today is Bladon. In the churchyard there is the simple tombstone of Sir Winston and Lady Clementine Churchill. Shakespeare's Way then continues through Begbroke and Yarnton before reaching the River Thames. The route joins with the Thames Path for the last few miles into Oxford.

Walking holiday on Shakespeare's Way
Oxford on walking holiday on Shakespeare's Way Day 8: depart after breakfast
or spend some time exploring the area. There is so much to see and do in Oxford, why not spend at least one extra day visiting the colleges and gardens. Or continue on the Shakespeare's Way to London.

What's included
in your UK walking holiday
on the Shakespeare's Way

  • accommodation at high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • room with en-suite or private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities
  • daily luggage transfer
  • support should there be any problems on route
  • detailed itineraries

You can walk this wonderful trail over 6 days at about 10 miles per day. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too. Which ever you choose, we organize the luggage transfer so your bags are at your next accommodation when you arrive.
Or you can combine this part of Shakespeare's Way with the next section from Oxford to London.

Online booking available. A deposit of £55 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.

Shakespeare's Way 8 day itinerary:
Stratford upon Avon to Oxford
6 days walking and 7 nights accommodation
£595pp
dbl/twin
£798pp
single occ
£903pp
solo traveller
Book Shakespeare's Way walking holiday online now
Extra nights from £45 per person
depending on location
All prices subject to change

Optional Extras
for your UK Walking Holiday
on the Shakespeare's Way

  • upgrade to the region's most elegant, prestigious and famous hotels, where available
  • transfers back to car or station
  • parking facilities
  • rest days
  • inn to inn walks
Optional Accommodation Upgrades
Can be added when booking online
Subject to availability                  Supplement per person per night
Stratford upon Avon Double/Twin Single
Falcon Legacy Hotel £65.00 £65.00
Mercure Shakespeare Htl £65.00 £75.00
Long Compton Double/Twin Single
Red Lion £15.00 £16.00
Enstone Double/Twin Single
Heythrop Park Hotel £45.00 £45.00
Woodstock Double/Twin Single
Marborough Arms Hotel £39.00 £100.00
Punch Bowl Inn £19.00 £50.00
Oxford Double/Twin Single
Head of the River £49.00 £85.00
Manor House Guest House £19.00 £5.00
Randolph Hotel £79.00 £150.00
Royal Oxford Hotel £39.00 £85.00
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