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Stratford Ramblers walking out in memory of Shakespeare

Stratford Editorial 15th Apr, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

STRATFORD Ramblers will be striding out to commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.

The group is set to take people on a series of free walks into the countryside surrounding the Bard’s hometown from Sunday (April 17) until Sunday, April 24.

The walks are open to anyone – residents, visitors, members and non-members alike – with most starting and ending at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre on Bancroft.

They all vary in length and can be anything from two miles up to 11 miles but each one will be led by an experienced rambler.

Chairman of Stratford Ramblers, Penny Stott, said she was hoping many people would take the opportunity to learn more about Shakespeare’s surroundings.

She added: “The aim of the walks is to introduce visitors and people the enjoyment of walking – to let them see for free what the ramblers do.

“The majority of the walks have a connection with Shakespeare and follow routes he would have spent time in so it’s the perfect opportunity to discover a little more of the countryside he would have known 400 years ago.”

Details of the walks are in a booklet entitled Stratford Walks, which is available at Stratford Visitor Information Centre.

Walkers are advised to wear suitable shoes and clothing and bring their own food and water, especially for the longer walks.

Email ShakespeareWalks@outlook.com or visit www.stratfordramblers.com for further information.

Below are details of the walks:

Sunday April 17

A ten mile easy route from the RST along Shakespeare Way to Atherstone on Stour and back.

Start time: 10am

Monday April 18

A three mile easy walk from the car park around the Charlecote Park’s boundary. Non-members will have to pay an entrance fee as Charlecote Park is a National Trust property.

Start time: 10.30am

A four mile stroll from Charlecote Park car park to Wasperton and back.

Start time: 1.30pm

Tuesday April 19

A moderate five mile walk from Barton to the Heart of England Forest trail. Car park £1.

Start time: 10am

Wednesday April 20

A moderate 11 mile walk from the RST to Welford and back or an easier route from the RST along the Old Tramway to Stannell’s Bridge and back across the racecourse.

Start time: 10am

Thursday April 21

A moderate eight mile route from the RST to Luddington, Dodwell, Bordon Hill and Shottery or a shorter 5.5mile walk from the RST to Fisherman’s car park and Welcombe Hills.

Start time: 10am

Friday April 22

Either an easy 9.5mile walk from the RST along the canal to Wilmcote and Mary Arden’s House or a one to two hour walk around Stratford. Both walks are suitable for wheelchairs.

Start time: 10am

Saturday April 23

An easy 4.5mile stroll from the RST to Shottery, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and up to Hansell’s Farm before returning to Stratford via Holy Trinity Church. The walk – except the Hansell’s Farm loop – is suitable for wheelchairs.

Start time: 2pm

Sunday April 24

An easy seven mile walk from the car park opposite Charlecote Park along part of the Shakespeare Avon Way at Hampton Lucy and back.

Start time: 10am