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Stratford-Upon-Avon Walks | Explore Our Stunning Surroundings

Stratford-Upon-Avon Walks | Explore Our Stunning Surroundings

Are you planning your next trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon? Before visiting, getting to know the local walking routes is smart. This way, when you arrive, you have a rough idea of where to go and what to see. Here’s a selection of our favourite Stratford-Upon-Avon walks:

The Shakespeare Walk | Stratford-Upon-Avon Walks

This route takes top position on our Stratford-Upon-Avon walks list due to the historical places you’ll encounter.

Starting from the iconic Royal Shakespeare Theatre, this scenic 3-mile walk takes you through the heart of the town and along the River Avon. 

You'll pass by Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Hall's Croft, and Holy Trinity Church, local historical landmarks where you can walk around leisurely. This route is dotted with numerous spots to relax, enjoy a picnic, or simply watch the swans glide by.

Parking is available at the theatre or along Waterside.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage Trail | Stratford-Upon-Avon Walks

This quaint 2-mile walk leads you from the town centre to Anne Hathaway’s picturesque Cottage, where lush gardens await your arrival.

The walk offers a glimpse into the Tudor era with thatched roofs and beautiful cottage gardens along the way, ideal for photography enthusiasts or history buffs. The route is relatively flat, making it suitable for walkers of all ages. 

Parking can be found at the Windsor Street car park, a short distance from the trailhead.

Welcombe Hills | Stratford-Upon-Avon Walks

For those seeking a challenge, the Welcombe Hills offer a rugged 4-mile trek with rewarding panoramic views of Stratford and the surrounding Warwickshire countryside. 

The terrain varies, featuring grassy knolls and wooded areas, perfect for a day of exploration. The walk starts near the historic Clopton Bridge, built in the 15th century to replace the earlier timber structure. 

Parking is available at the main entrance off Warwick Road.

Avon Valley Footpath | Stratford-Upon-Avon Walks

Enjoy a leisurely 5-mile walk along the Avon Valley Footpath, which runs from Stratford to the nearby village of Welford. 

The path is well-marked and offers peaceful river views, ideal for bird watching. Along the way, walkers can also enjoy diverse wildlife and tranquil spots ideal for fishing or picnicking. 

The path is well-maintained, making it a favourite for families and casual hikers. Begin your journey at the Bancroft Gardens, which has ample parking available in the adjacent area.

Greenway Bike and Walking Trail | Stratford-Upon-Avon Walks

This 5-mile route on the Stratford Greenway is perfect for both walkers and cyclists, featuring flat, easy terrain.

The path is lined with benches and has several resting points, including a café midway where walkers and cyclists can refuel. 

The trail starts at Seven Meadows Road and includes a converted railway line with a traffic-free path towards Long Marston. It provides access to historical sites and connects to additional routes leading to nearby villages, with parking at the trail’s start.

Mary Arden’s Farm Walk | Stratford-Upon-Avon walks

Starting from the farmhouse once owned by Shakespeare's mother, this 3-mile circular route explores the surrounding countryside. 

The path crosses meadows and fields and features educational stops where walkers can learn about Tudor farming practices — it’s a great outing for children and adults alike. 

Parking is conveniently available right at the farm, which is also the start and end point of the walk, so there’s little chance of losing your car when you’re tired.

The Avon Heritage Trail | Stratford-Upon-Avon Walks

Last up on our Stratford-Upon-Avon walks is the Avon Heritage Trail, a longer, 7-mile loop that offers a comprehensive tour of the town’s historical and natural landmarks. 

Starting from the Stratford Butterfly Farm, the trail meanders through local nature reserves, past Shakespearean properties, and along the peaceful riverbank. It’s well-suited for bird watchers and nature lovers. 

The trail is dotted with informational plaques about the local flora and fauna. Parking is readily available on Swan’s Nest Lane, making it a practical starting point for this trail.

Each of these walks showcases Stratford-Upon-Avon's natural beauty and brings its rich history to life, making it perfect for exploring the area on foot.

Enjoy a Relaxing Stay at Billesley Manor Hotel

If you plan on walking several miles during your trip to Stratford, you’ll want to stay nearby.

Here at Billesley Manor, we have a range of luxury rooms and suites for you to rest your feet in. And when you’re ready, you can venture over to The Stuart Restaurant to indulge in a delicious meal.

If you’d like to learn more about Stratford-Upon-Avon walks, please contact a member of our team who will be happy to help.

Alternatively, why not read our blog on exciting family days out in Stratford, ready for your next visit?


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