- From - to: Stratford-upon-Avon to Long Marston
- Distance: 5 miles
- Type: Disused railway path, flat and traffic-free
- Access: Stratford-upon-Avon railway station
- National Cycle Network: Route 5
The Stratford Greenway follows the course of part of the Honeybourne Line, a single track railway built in 1859 by the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway and closed in 1976. Now a trail for walkers and cyclists, the route links the attractive town of Stratford-upon-Avon with the village of Long Marston.
The route is signed southwards from the railway station at Stratford-upon-Avon, and the railway path begins near the racecourse at Seven Meadows Road. If you keep quiet, you may hear the song of the skylarks which nest here. You will cross the Avon using the multispan Stannals Bridge, and then cross the Stour. The route continues through peaceful countryside to the village of Long Marston. The path has become a refuge for wild plants and animals as intensive farming practices drive them out of the surrounding fields, and as well as fruit and walnut trees, you may spot cowslips, knapweed, wild carrot and tansy.
Things to see and do
- Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon
- Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Stratford-upon-Avon
- Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm
- Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon
- Carriages Cafe - Halfway along the route (2.5 miles) is the Milcote Picnic Area along with a refurbished railway carriage café.
To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure you follow the Towpath Code.
Map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.
The Stratford Greenway links the attractive town of Stratford-upon-Avon with the village of Long Marston.