Along the River Avon from Stratford-upon-Avon

This easy circular walk is a good way to discover differently the famous city of Stratford-upon-Avon walking historical streets and places. Then, you will use nice paths along the banks of the River Avon including Shakespeare's Avon Way.

Technical sheet
No. 4271351
A Stratford-upon-Avon walk posted on 28/10/20 by charentimoy. Update : 12/04/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h00[?]
Distance Distance : 4.32mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 26ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 26ft
Highest point Highest point : 157ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 115ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Stratford-upon-Avon
Starting point Starting point : N 52.191406° / W 1.703224°
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River Avon and Holy Trinity Church Shakespeare's Birthplace Tramway Bridge over River Avon and Cox's Yard Bancroft Basin


Park your car at Recreation Ground car park.

(D/A) Cross Tramway Bridge over River Avon to reach Bancroft Gardens in front of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Go straight to "Barnaby's Fish" restaurant, and ascend Sheep Street. At the corner with the Town Hall, bear right in High Street enjoying half-timbered buildings (the Garrick Inn for example). Follow this way until you reach the roundabout. Take Henley Street, the second street on the left going past Barclays building on your left.

(1) Walk this the pedestrian street until you reach William Shakespeare's statue. Before you bear left in Meer Street, have a look at William Shakespeare Birthplace a few meters in front of you! He was born in this half-timbered house in 1564 and spend his childhood here!

(2) At the end of Meer Street, cross over Wood Street heading to the Shakespeare Memorial Fountain (gift jubilee). Continue in Rother Street for 200 metres until you bear left in Ely Street.

(3) At crossroads, turn right in Chapel Street, go past Nash's House, a well preserved Tudor building built in 1600 and Shakespeare New Place where William Shakespeare died in 1616. Then, continue straight ignoring Chapel and Scholars Lanes before you turn left in Old Town when you are in front of Stratford Preparatory School.

(4) Go past Hall's Croft (probably have been the home of the physician John Hall who married Suzanna, William Shakespeare's daughter!) and enter Holy Trinity Cemetery when the road bends right.

(5) Go past Holy Trinity Church (notice the incredible conifer trunk and go through a gate. Continue Mill Lane straight ahead for 200 metres before you enter a path next to Lucy's Mill residential area. Pass under the bridge and walk the path along the River Avon for almost one mile and a half. This section can be very muddy in autumn during wet weather!

(6) You finally catch sight of a metallic bridge over River Avon next to the racecourse. Cross it, walk Monarch's Way for 150 metres and turn left to the path slightly down. Go through the gate with a yellow arrow (public footpath) and a blue arrow (Avon River Walk). This time, follow the other side of the bank, go through a few kissing gates before you enter the woods and ascend a few steps.

(7) The path finally descends steps before you reach Weir Brake Lock. Continue the path along the river which leads again to the first bridge. Follow the yellow arrow, pass under Seven Meadows Road but ignore Lucy's Mill bridge on the left staying on your bank. You finally see Colin P. Lock, gorgeous views of Holy Trinity Church and Stratford Theatres for the last kilometre of the walk.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 131ft - Recreation Ground car park
1 : mi 0.36 - alt. 141ft - William Shakespeare Birthplace
2 : mi 0.46 - alt. 141ft - Wood Street
3 : mi 0.7 - alt. 151ft - Chapel Street
4 : mi 0.93 - alt. 135ft - Hall's Croft
5 : mi 1.08 - alt. 141ft - Holy Trinity Church and Cemetery
6 : mi 2.29 - alt. 118ft - Large metallic bridge
7 : mi 3.23 - alt. 141ft - Weir Brake Lock
D/A : mi 4.32 - alt. 131ft - Recreation Ground car park

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.67/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 4.5/5
Walk interest : 4.5/5

on Mon 16 Aug 2021 11:36:17 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 11/08/21
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Excellent walk and clear directions. I was unable to complete the section beyond the church and alongside the river owing the major works being carried out on the far (south?) side. Instead I crossed the footbridge and returned, cutting short the section between 6 and 7. Directions may need to be altered now for quite a while.

on Mon 28 Jun 2021 21:51:19 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 15/06/21
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

This was a lovely little walk along the Avon. The river banks were full of frothy cow parsley which made everywhere beautiful. It was a easy walk with some steps. We even passed a coffee shop along the old railway took less than 2 hours. It was quite a warm day and there were several welcome benches to rest at.
I shall definitely do this walk again.
Thanks Viadoro.

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