Shakespeare Cycleway is a long-distance route linking two of England's greatest rivers and theatres. Starting at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre on the banks of the River Avon the route leaves Stratford-upon-Avon via the Stratford Greenway to Long Marston, and continues through the picturesque countryside and rolling hills of Warwickshire before skirting the Cotswolds and entering Oxfordshire. The route then zig-zags along quiet roads between a succession of small villages before joining a traffic-free section of National Route 5 leading all the way to Oxford.
From Oxford, follow the Hanson Way all the way to Didcot. Although much of this section is predominantly flat the climb over the Chilterns and Ipsden is the steepest of the route. Enjoy the descent into Reading and join a series of traffic-free paths through the city avoiding most of the busy roads.
There are more gradual gradients as the ride joins the Thames Valley Route which meanders through Windsor Great Park, Richmond Park and along the River Thames to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
Things to see and do
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.