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Shakespeare's Way

Chapel Street, Stratford upon Avon, start of Shakespeare's WayShakespeare's Way is a relatively unknown long-distance footpath, 146 miles in length, between Stratford Upon Avon and the recreated Globe Theatre in London. The path runs through the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, Blenheim Park, Oxford, the Valley of the Thame, and the beech woods of the Chilterns.

There is plenty of accommodation in hotels, inns and bed & breakfast, and more than enough excellent pubs and restaurants.

Shipston-on-Stour, on Shakespeare's WayMuch of Shakespeare's Way passes through similar countryside to the Thames Path, and connects with it at various places. Walkers can use connecting paths to make circular routes using parts of both long-distance footpaths.
Please note that Ramblefest gives information on accommodation and other services along the Shakespeare's Way only as far as West Drayton, 119 miles, just inside Greater London. After that we consider the Shakespeare's Way to be too urban and having too many options of accommodation, pubs etc.
Not only do we show you where to find Shakespeare's Way accommodation and places at which to eat and drink (click in table below), but we also show the guidebooks and maps required, and make them available to buy online.

Shakespeare's Way Accommodation

We have split Shakespeare's Way accommodation into Hotels & Inns and Bed & Breakfast. Guest House accommodation is included with Bed & Breakfast. While we realise many guest houses are better than some hotel accommodation, in order to avoid confusion we have opted for the simpler option. We are always looking to improve our information, and welcome Shakespeare's Way accommodation recommendations.

Shakespeare's Way Restaurants and Pubs

We have attempted to give as much information as possible on pubs and restaurants along Shakespeare's Way, but restaurants and pubs are notoriously changeable. Wherever possible, we have included information on pubs serving real ale and/or food. Please let us know if our information is out of date.

Shakespeare's Way Guidebooks & Maps

Shakespeare's Way guidebookShakespeare's Way mapsWe have greatly improved our Ramblefest-Amazon store and made it very easy to find the books and maps required for your walk. Please click on the Guidebook or Map image to be taken to the relevant guidebooks and maps for the Shakespeare's Way and the option of buying them online.

Shakespeare's Way Mileage and Services Table

Please click on a location to open the page displaying Accommodation, Camping, Pub and Restaurant information for that location.
NOTE: Figures after the `+' sign indicates miles off route. The table legend is at the bottom of the page.

Stratford Upon Avon - Accommodation (H,B&B),R,PH,CG,Train,Bus
Clifford Chambers 3 Accommodation (Inn),R,PH
Alderminster 7 Accommodation (H,Inn),R,PH
Halford 11 Accommodation (Inn),R,PH
Shipston On Stour 17 Accommodation (B&B),H,R,PH
Long Compton 24 Accommodation (Inn,B&B),C,R,PH
Salford 29 Accommodation (B&B,PH
Chipping Norton 31 Accommodation (H,B&B),R,PH,Bus
Enstone 36 Accommodation (B&B),PH
Woodstock 47 Accommodation (H,B&B),R,PH,CG,Train,Bus
Bladon 48 Accommodation (B&B),PH,Rail,Bus
Yarnton 52 R,PH
Wolvercote 54 R,PH
Oxford 58 Accommodation (H,B&B),R,PH,CG,Train,Bus
Sandford On Thames 62 Accommodation (H),R,PH
Toot Baldon 65 R,PH
Marsh Baldon 66 R,PH
Chiselhampton 68 Accommodation (Inn),R,PH
Stadhampton 69 Accommodation (H),R,PH
Chalgrove 71 Accommodation (B&B),R,PH
Brightwell Baldwin 74 Accommodation (Inn),PH
Watlington 76½ + 1 Accommodation (Inn,B&B),C,R,PH,Bus
Maidensgrove 83 R,PH
Hambleden 89½ Accommodation (Inn),R,PH
Marlow 96 Accommodation (H,B&B),R,PH,CG,Train,Bus
Bourne End 99 Accommodation (B&B),R,PH,Train,Bus
Cookham 100 Accommodation (B&B),R,PH,Train,Bus
Farnham Common 107 Accommodation (B&B),C,R,PH
Fulmer 110 PH
Iver 116 Accommodation (H),R,PH,Train,Bus
West Drayton 119 Accommodation (H),R,PH,Train,Bus


B&B Bed & Breakfast Accommodation
C Camping
CG Camping Gear Shop
H Hotel or Inn Accommodation
PH Pub or Bar
R Restaurant, Bar Meal or Tea Shop
YHA Youth Hostel

Shakespeare's Way Wikis and Forums

We have added Wikis and Forums for those wishing to place or gain additional information or opinion on the various aspects of the Shakespeare's Way long-distance footpath: Shakespeare's Way Wikis and Forums.

The Shakespeare’s Way Association

The Shakespeare’s Way Association created the footpath entirely from existing paths. They have a website:


The association is raising funds for Stratford-upon-Avon’s Shakespeare Hospice, which is funded almost entirely by charitable donations, and are encouraging walkers, should they so wish, to raise funds by obtaining sponsorship from friends, relations and work colleagues.

Sponsorship forms are available via e-mail. Please follow the link below marking the subject box ‘Sponsorship Form’:


Shakespeare's Way Photographs and Logs

We want to display as many photographs as possible of the Shakespeare's Way, and there is always room for your photographs and walk logs - just email them to us. Alternatively, if you have them online you can send us the link.


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