- To/From: Redditch and Stratford-upon-Avon
- Distance: 19 miles
- Type: Mainly on road with some traffic free sections
- National Cycle Network: National Route 5
- Access: Train stations at Redditch, Wilmcote and Stratford-upon-Avon
This route is the perfect day drip. Starting in Redditch at the train station, this ride takes you on quiet roads following the route of the River Arrow. There is a traffic free section that takes you through the fantastic Arrow Valley Country Park and past Arrow Valley Lake. Here you can stop in at the visitors centre for refreshments and check out their programme of events and the vast array of watersports on offer. From here the route travels to the historic villages of Studley and Sambourne.
The route then travels through Coughton, where you can visit the fantastic National Trust property of Coughton Court. This imposing Tudor house is set in beautiful gardens and has been home to the Throckmorton family for 600 years. Coughton is still very much a family home with an intimate feel: the Throckmorton family live here, managing the stunning gardens which they have created.
Leaving Coughton, the route travels on quiet lanes to Wilmcote. Here you can visit the childhood home of Shakespeare's mother, Mary Arden. She lived at a 16th century farmhouse known as Palmer's Farm. Its now a great place to experience traditional country life and a working farm.
Here the route picks up the Startford-upon-Avon canal which takes you almost all the way into the heart of Stratford's Old Town on a traffic free path. The great thing about this route is that if you dont want to do the return leg, you can return by train to your starting point.
Things to see and do
This area map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.
This great route follows National Route 5 - taking you from bustling Redditch to the town of Shakespeare's birth, Stratford-Upon-Avon.