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Shakespeare's Head logo within named green circle/discShakespeare's Way

Buckinghamshire, Gtr London, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire

235 km / 146 miles
A further scenic cross-country route from the Macmillan Way stable, offering the optional opportunity to raise funds for Shakespeare Hospice, it follows closely a route Shakespeare may have taken between his home-town of Stratford-upon-Avon and London, the city where he spent his productive years.

From the Birthplace, this 'journey of imagination' passes through Blenheim Park (a World Heritage Site), Oxford, Stonor, Marlow, Cookham, Burnham Beeches, continues on the Grand Union Canal and the Thames and ends at Shakespeare’s Globe (Theatre), London.

Peter Titchmarsh, well known as the planner of the Macmillan Way routes, has devised the route and it was opened in April 2006. The guidebook was revised as a 2nd edition in 2015.

The route is shown on OS maps from its start, up to the intersection with the Grand Union Canal Walk (TQ057805). Sections of other waymarked paths shown on OS maps are used in parts, and from Marlow the Thames is followed to Cookham to the start of the Beeches Way that is used to the Grand Union Canal at Iver. The Canal and then the Thames paths provide the route into central London to the finish.

Other links include Monarch’s Way, Macmillan Way, and Chiltern Way. For Bill Orme's impressions of the route see the Guidebook page. A separate new route, Shakespeare's Avon Way, opened in 2008.

The 'Walking with William Shakespeare' paperback links his works with some of the locations and landscapes and covers Warwickshire and London but is not a guide to this route.


Details:

Waymark: Shakespeare's Head logo within named green circle/disc
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Shakespeare's Head logo within named green circle/disc
Attributes: Average Gradients
Canal
River
Urban
World Heritage Site
Heritage
Literary
Charity
Start: SP203549 - Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire View on StreetMap
Finish: TQ322805 - Shakespeare's Globe (Theatre), Southwark, London, Gtr London View on StreetMap
Open Date: 2006
User Group: Shakespeare's Way Association Markel, Brienton, HEREFORD, HR4 7PR
Shakespeare's Way Association
Email: enquiry@shakespearesway.org
Web Sites: Shakespeare's Way Association

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Shakespeare's Way : a journey of imagination  (Shakespeare's Way Association  - 2006 )
Accommodation list Shakespeare's Way : planner  (Shakespeare's Way Association  - 2006 )
Leaflet Shakespeares Way  (Shakespeare's Way Association  - 2008 )
Guidebook Walking with William Shakespeare  (Jones Books  - 2005 )

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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 151, 164, 165, 175, 176, 177
OS Landranger Active 151, 164, 165, 175, 176, 177
OS Explorer 45, 160, 161, 170, 171, 172, 173, 180, 191, 205
OS Explorer Active 45, 160, 161, 170, 171, 172, 173, 180, 191, 205

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Downloads:

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Route Profile:

206.1 km (128.1 miles)
2,213 m (7,260 ft) ascent
242 m (794 ft)  maximum height

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