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

235 km / 146 miles

Bucks, Gtr London, Oxon, Warks
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:

Path Type
Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Shakespeare’s Head logo within named green circle/disc
Waymark
Shakespeare’s Head logo within named green circle/disc
Attributes
Challenging; Canal; River; Urban; World Heritage Site; Heritage; Literary; Charity
Start
SP203549 - Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warks
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Finish
TQ322805 - Shakespeare's Globe (Theatre), Southwark, London, Gtr London
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Open Date
2006
User Group
Shakespeare’s Way Association
 
Markel, Brienton, HEREFORD, HR4 7PR
 
01432 278024

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Paperback
Shakespeare's Way: A Journey of Imagination (Shakespeare’s Way Association - 2015)
Accommodation list
Shakespeare’s Way: Planner (Shakespeare’s Way Association - 2006)
Guidebook
East-West Supplement to Shakespeare’s Way (Shakespeare’s Way Association - 2006)
Leaflet
Shakespeares Way (Shakespeare’s Way Association - 2008)
Paperback
Walking with William Shakespeare (Jones Books - 2005)

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Maps:

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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):
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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

 
 
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50 Ely Street  (bookable online)
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The Swan Apartment  (bookable online)
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Victoria Spa Lodge  (bookable online)
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Meadow View  (bookable online)
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Faviere Guest House  (bookable online)
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Sunnydale Guest House  (bookable online)
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Legacy Falcon Hotel  (bookable online)
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Cymbeline House  (bookable online)
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Virginia Lodge  (bookable online)
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Salamander Guest House  (bookable online)
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Linhill Guest House  (bookable online)
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Aidan Guest House  (bookable online)
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Arrandale Guest House  (bookable online)
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Moonraker House  (bookable online)
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Penryn Guest House  (bookable online)
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Midway Guest House  (bookable online)
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Barbette Guest House  (bookable online)
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White Sails  (bookable online)
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Bridgend Guest House  (bookable online)
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Gorselands Hall  (bookable online)
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Home Farm Cottage  (bookable online)
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Water Meadow Cottage  (bookable online)
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Burleigh Farm  (bookable online)
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Arden Lodge  (bookable online)
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Five Mile View Guest House  (bookable online)
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Cotswold House  (bookable online)
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Tilbury Lodge  (bookable online)
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Galaxie  (bookable online)
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Park House  (bookable online)
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Macdonald - The Randolph Hotel  (bookable online)
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Gidleigh House  (bookable online)
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Royal Oxford Hotel  (bookable online)
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The Westgate  (bookable online)
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Urbane Apartments  (bookable online)
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Becket Guest House  (bookable online)
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Gables Guest House  (bookable online)
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Malmaison Oxford  (bookable online)
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2 The Tidmarsh  (bookable online)
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The Buttery  (bookable online)
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Bath Place Hotel  (bookable online)
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Whitehouse View Guest House  (bookable online)
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Head of the River  (bookable online)
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Newton House  (bookable online)
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Sportsview Guest House  (bookable online)
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The Old Black Horse  (bookable online)
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Red Mullions Guest House  (bookable online)
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Dial House  (bookable online)
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Victoria Hotel  (bookable online)
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All Seasons Guest House  (bookable online)
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Hawkwell House Hotel  (bookable online)
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The Westwood Hotel  (bookable online)
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Abodes B&B  (bookable online)
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Abbey Guest House  (bookable online)
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Herons Nest  (bookable online)
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The Caspian  (bookable online)
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Wright Residence  (bookable online)
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London Lodge Hotel  (bookable online)
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Cable Street Inn  (bookable online)
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Downloads:

GPS Exchange Format Route File
Shakespeare’s Way GPX Exchange Format Route File
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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