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Walkers can follow in Shakespeare's footsteps with Welcome Hill audio trail

Stratford Editorial 31st Mar, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

WALKERS are being given the chance to follow in Shakespeare’s footsteps with a stroll around the Welcombe Hills.

Warwickshire Wildlife TrustĀ  has been working with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Warwick-based Playbox Theatre to create an audio trail to be launched on Saturday (April 2).

The ten track trail – which will be downloadable for free – will guide walkers around the historic mosaic of grass and woodland with views across the valley as far as Malvern Hills.

The trail will be complimented by interpretation boards part-funded by Stratford District Council.

Those taking to the hills on the outskirts of Stratford will have the chance to find out about the Tudor landscape as Shakespeare would have known it, including the distinctive ridge and furrow landscape – the result on ancient farming techniques.

There will also be a chance to learn more about the Clopton family; the 19th century Obelisk; what is known of the mysterious swimming pool; and speculate if Margaret’s Well really did provide the Bard with the inspiration for Ophelia’s death in Hamlet.

The Heritage Lottery fundedĀ  trail was created through a series of youth-led workshops with youngsters from Playbox and members from its Shakespeare Young Company will be performing at the launch on Saturday from 11am to 6pm.

People involved in the project will also be on hand giving demonstrations to visitors on how to use their smartphones to access the audio trail.

Visit www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk for further details.