Shakespeares Way & Thames Path walking vacation

“Choose between two historic walking routes for a self guided hiking vacation either along England’s Shakespeare’s Way or the Thames Path. Both ending up in London.”


Stratford-upon-Avon | The Cotswolds | Blenheim Palace | Woodstock | Oxford | The Chilterns | River Thames Path | Kew Gardens | London | Bankside | Globe Theatre | Windsor


Departure information

This trip is tailor made and can depart any day of the year to suit you.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Shakespeares Way & Thames Path walking vacation


The Responsible Travel Code of Conduct which you receive with your information pack contains suggestions on how to be an ethical traveler by reducing water usage, recycling and properly disposing of litter, and reducing damage to the environment.

The majority of the accommodations we use are locally owned and operated and use local produce for providing you with breakfast. Wherever possible we use accommodations that are registered with the Green Tourism Business Scheme. There are local shops, pubs and cafes along the Cotswold Way available for lunches and dinners. All these issues make a great difference to the economic welfare of the local community by providing employment.

During the booking process for your vacation we reduce paper usage by corresponding by email wherever possible and only printing correspondence which is legally binding. We recycle our ink cartridges and envelopes, and use low energy light bulbs. Paper which cannot be recycled is shredded and composted.

Whilst on this vacation you will be walking at your own pace in your own group. We restrict group sizes on our self-guided walking vacations to a maximum of 12 to reduce impact on the community.

We encourage you to use this walking vacation as means to support your chosen charity by way of sponsorship.


We are a family run business and are committed to operating a Responsible Travel Policy. We aim to provide a quality and positive experience for our customers while contributing to and enhancing the local economy and respecting the environment.

Whilst walking you are taking part in a healthy activity and visiting the area while reducing road congestion. The local authority encourages people to visit the area on foot using public transport in line with their desire to encourage sustainable tourism.

There are a large number of National Trust Properties. The membership and entrance fees are used to restore and conserve our heritage, and provide employment for local people.


Everyone who works with us knows the routes like the back of their hands and not just the direction from A to B but the features of the landscape you take in along the way: we provide all the information we can to give walkers the chance to fully interact with their journey – so you’ll get the most out of everything on route from the birds you’ll spot, the geology, the wildlife, architecture and the history. The walks take in some of England’s finest villages – a great chance to appreciate the beauty of Cotswold stone, local food and old English pubs on route. There’s so much to learn from these landscapes. Almost half of those who have done walks with us have come back for another – something we’re very proud of.

Reviews of Shakespeares Way & Thames Path walking vacation

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the vacations.

I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

During the course of the week one cannot fail to be impressed by the sights seen on the Thames Path, sadly the planned programme didn't allow time to visit these places.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

To make sure that the daily walks are within their capabilities, even though the paths are on the level. The Thames path is well maintained but it was noticeable as you approached London, through London and to the east that a number of the signs had been vandalised/pointing in the wrong direction. This needs to be taken up with the appropriate authority to correct these issues.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes it must assist local economies by taking rooms, using restaurants etc.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent, it far exceeded our expectations. We had approached the last phase of the Thames Path with a view that we just needed to get to the Thames Barrier and the end of the walk. In the end the final phase proved to be far more enjoyable as we passed through lovely countryside laced with history.right through to the Barrier.

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