‘…a turn or two I’ll walk,
to still my beating mind’
(Prospero in the Tempest, Act 4, Scene 1)
Even William Shakespeare appreciated the benefits of a good walk. What more appropriate way could you find to mark William Shakespeare’s birthday than a walk along part of Shakespeare’s Way – the 146 mile walking route between Stratford-upon-Avon and The Globe Theatre in London?
Starting at Shakespeare’s birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon, the scenic route meanders on footpaths, bridleways and quiet roads through the beautiful and typically English countryside through the Cotswolds and the Chilterns, leading finally to London where Shakespeare spent so many of his most productive years as a playwright. The route itself has been based on a route Shakespeare himself may well have followed closely to when travelling between Stratford-upon-Avon and London during his life and offers a cultural variation on other long distance walks.
Passing through many scenic and quiet villages, this is a route that can easily be split up into a series of small day walks so that you can cover the course over a longer period of time or just those stretches you fancy most.
Full details of Shakespeare’s Way can be found at the Shakespeare’s Way website.