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Shakespeare's Way - Chilterns Section

Shakespeare's Way - Chilterns Section

A self-guided walk from Oxford to Marlow, taking in the Chilterns section of Shakespeare's Way.

4 to 5 nights
38 miles
Moderate to Moderate / Demanding

From £490 per person

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About this route

The Chilterns section of the Shakespeare’s Way begins in the fascinating city of Oxford and journeys through tranquil countryside to the town of Marlow on the River Thames. The Chilterns offer plenty of fabulous, far-reaching views as the trail passes through hills, valleys and peaceful woodland, while other sections follow the banks of the world-famous River Thames.

The walk also visits a series of picturesque towns and villages as it follows the route that Shakespeare may have taken as he travelled from Stratford-upon-Avon to London, offering unique insights into the local history of the region.

Shakespeare's Way was developed to raise funds for the Shakespeare Hospice in Stratford-upon-Avon. For every person booking this tour, Contours Walking Holidays will make a £5.00 donation to the Shakespeare Hospice.

© Contours Walking Holidays Shakespeare's Way - Chilterns Section map
Oxford to Marlow
38 miles (61 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Visiting the oldest university in the English speaking world in Oxford and taking a punt down the River Cherwell.

Crossing the delightful rolling hills, valleys and woodlands of the Chilterns.

Admiring the beautiful cottages in villages such as Chalgrove, Cookley Green and Stonor.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
SHWCT1 From Oxford to Marlow 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate / Demanding£490
SHWCT2 From Oxford to Marlow 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate£610

Shakespeare's Way - Chilterns Section 4 nights, 3 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Oxford where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Oxford to Stadhampton/Chalgrove(L). 11 miles (18km)

Day 2

Stadhampton/Chalgrove(L) to Cookley Green/Pishill. 12 miles (19km)

Day 3

Cookley Green/Pishill to Marlow. 15 miles (24km)


Depart from Marlow after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£60.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Oxford)
£70.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 4 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

Taking an extra night is a wonderful way to extend your holiday and ensure that you don't miss some of the wonderful sights and sounds along Shakespeare's Way.

The city of Oxford is an excellent choice for an extra day. There is so much to see and do that you will be left craving more from this remarkable place. Some of the highlights include the stunning Bodleian Library, Oxford's 38 ancient colleges, the oldest building in Oxford at Oxford Castle and countless other museums, galleries and breathtaking architecture. You may even wish to take a tour on an open top bus, take a punt along the River Cherwell or explore some of the locations made famous by film, including Harry Potter and Downton Abbey.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Oxford)
£70.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 38 miles (61 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 11 miles (18 km)
Maximum daily distance: 15 miles (24 km)
Code: SHWCT1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Oxford
End of holiday: Marlow

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Birmingham, London Heathrow and London Gatwick.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Oxford) and also at the end of the trail (Marlow).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Oxford and from Marlow.

From London - Trains run from London Marylebone and London Paddington stations to Oxford.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a train from Marlow to Oxford.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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