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White arrow with Shakespeare's head and river symbol on green disc with nameShakespeare's Avon Way

Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire

148 km / 92 miles
Shakespeare's Avon Way Association, who are behind the Macmillan Ways and Shakespeare's Way, have another long distance path - Shakespeare's Avon Way - which follows the course of the River Avon as closely as possible using existing public footpaths, bridleways and a few minor roads, from its source at Naseby to its confluence with the Severn at Tewkesbury. The main towns it passes through are Warwick, Stratford upon Avon and Evesham. Naseby, Tewkesbury and Evesham were the sites of decisive battles. Tewkesbury, Pershore and Evesham have historic abbeys and Warwick and Kenilworth castles. Bredon Hill, visible from the later stages of the path, is visited by a detour.

The route is now fully waymarked.

The 'Walking with William Shakespeare' book below provides shorter walks linked with extracts from Shakespeare's works, and covers Warwickshire and London. The River Avon book covers the river not the path.

DECEMBER 2023: report of locked gate (without barbed wire) alongside M5 motorway at SO 911378.


Waymark: White arrow with Shakespeare's head and river symbol on green disc with name
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: White arrow with Shakespeare's head and river symbol on green disc with name
Attributes: Easy
Start: SP688781 - Source of Avon, near Naseby, Northamptonshire View on StreetMap
Finish: SO888331 - Severn/Avon confluence, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire View on StreetMap
Open Date: 2008
Web Sites: Shakespeare's Avon Way Shakespeare's Avon Way [YouTube video]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Shakespeare's Avon Way : a walk through history  (Shakespeare's Avon Way Association )
Guidebook Walking with William Shakespeare  (Jones Books  - 2005 )
Guidebook River Avon: A Journey Following the River from Tewkesbury to Its Source  (Hunt End Books  - 2006 )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 140, 141, 150, 151
OS Landranger Active 140, 141, 150, 151
OS Explorer 190, 205, 221, 222, 223
OS Explorer Active 190, 205, 221, 222, 223

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Route Profile:

147.6 km (91.7 miles)
1,179 m (3,868 ft) ascent
195 m (640 ft)  maximum height

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