Mr Peter Titchmarsh
St Marys Barn,
Shakespeare's Way is a 146 mile long-distance footpath between Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare's Globe, London. Using existing footpaths, bridle-ways and a few minor roads, this path has been planned to follow a route that Shakespeare may have taken on some of his journeys between his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon and London, where he spent most of his productive years.
Setting out from Stratford-upon-Avon, the path crosses the Oxfordshire Cotswolds and goes through Blenheim Park and Oxford before heading over quiet country through which the River Thames flows. It then crosses the beautifully wooded Chiltern Hills, goes beside the Thames for a short while and then through wooded heathland to Iver on the western fringes of London. Beyond the canal, from Brentford onwards, you follow the Thames towpath. You will finally arrive at Shakespeare's Globe, lying at the very heart of Elizabethan theatre-land.
This walk was created to link some of Britain's best loved tourist destinations - London, Oxford, Blenheim Palace, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon. Also, this walk has been created to raise funds for Stratford-upon-Avon's Shakespeare Hospice. This vitally important facility is funded almost entirely by charitable donations. Walkers will be encouraged to raise funds by obtaining sponsorship from friends, relations and work colleagues. All profits from sales of the guidebook will also be donated.
The Shakespeare Hospice in Stratford-upon-Avon is an independent care centre offering palliative care to people living with a life-threatening illness. Based in Shottery, their Day Care Service supports the whole family, offering a range of therapies and health care ranging from pain and symptom control, spiritual care and complimentary therapies, to counselling and support groups for carers. As the Shakespeare Hospice is an independent charity with minimal government support, they rely on the generosity and support of the community.