Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the Free Press
Phil Hopkins
Group Travel Editor & Theatre Correspondent
7:00 AM 21st June 2022

Hiking Through Shakespeare Country

Billesley Manor Hotel & Spa is introducing a series of hiking routes for guests to enjoy during their stay at this quintessentially British countryside manor hotel situated in the heart of Shakespeare country.

Stratford upon Avon forms a striking yet relatively undiscovered part of the British countryside, with a fascinating history and a range of great walks. From a brisk walk along the banks of the River Avon to Stratford Greenway, or a leisurely amble up the Stratford upon Avon Canal, there are routes for all abilities.

Billesley Manor has recommended four hiking routes for guests to visit during their stay at Billesley Manor. Each is just a short drive away:

The Monarch’s Way
For those who want to explore the local history, guests can visit The Monarch’s Way, an incredible 615-mile walk which follows the escape route taken by King Charles II in 1651 after his troops were defeated at the Battle of Worcester. The Monarch’s Way is just over an hour’s drive from Billesley Manor, making it the perfect day trip.

The Bell and Two Churches
This hike is a 5.1km loop trail located near Stratford-upon-Avon. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 1 hour and 18 minutes to complete. A popular trail for running and walking, visitors can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of the day. The Bell and two Churches is less than 20 minutes away from Billesley Manor by car, making it the perfect hike for guests who want to explore the remarkable scenery of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Upper Quinton Circular Walk
Discover this 19.5km loop trail near Stratford-upon-Avon. Considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 5 hours and 15 minutes to complete. This trail is great for birding, hiking, and walking.

Upper Quinton circular walk is a pleasant countryside trail taking in a mix of sights and terrains as hikers make their way round. This includes winding through farmlands, villages, and wooded pockets between Quinton, Ebrington, and Mickleton.

Hikers are likely to see wildlife including deer, birds and livestock.

Stratford Greenway
Photo: Zoltan Tasi,
Photo: Zoltan Tasi,

The Greenway is an 8km high-quality surfaced path suitable for cyclists, walkers and wheelchair users. It is part of the National Cycle Network, which also links Oxford to Derby via Birmingham. Stratford Greenway is the perfect hike for guests who prefer to perambulate the countryside rather than do strenuous exercise. With Stratford Greenway located just over 20 minutes from Billesley Manor, by car, it is the perfect hike for guests who love to explore the scenery that Stratford-upon-Avon has to offer.

Billesley Manor Hotel & Spa rates start from £160 per night B&B based on two people sharing, subject to availability.
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