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Shakespeare's Way - London Section

Shakespeare's Way - London Section

An exciting walking holiday from Marlow to London, exploring England's iconic capital city.

4 to 5 nights
50 miles
Moderate / Demanding to Demanding

From £530 per person

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About this route

The London section of Shakespeare’s Way starts in the riverside town of Marlow and explores the final stretch of the route that Shakespeare may have taken to reach The Globe Theatre in London. The trail follows the banks of the River Thames and the Grand Union Canal through a range of tranquil scenery dotted with pleasant towns and villages.

Though there are many wonderful landmarks and viewpoints along the route, arguably the most dramatic feature of this walk is reaching London, England’s capital city, and exploring the wealth of history, culture and attractions on offer.

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 - London Section map
Marlow to London
50 miles (80 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Following the lovely canal towpaths and riverside trails from Marlow to London.

Visiting locations rich with literary interest, including Marlow, the home of Mary and Perch Bysshe Shelley, Kenneth Grahame’s Cookham and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Experiencing the many famous sites on arrival in London, including Lambeth Palace, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the Millennium Bridge.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
SHWL1 From Marlow to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Southwark 4 nights, 3 days walking Demanding£530
SHWL2 From Marlow to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Southwark 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate / Demanding£660

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

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

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

Day 1

Marlow to Iver/West Drayton(T). 20 miles (32km)

Day 2

Iver/West Drayton(T) to Kew/Chiswick. 14 miles (22.5km)

Day 3

Kew/Chiswick to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Southwark. 16 miles (25.5km)


Depart from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Southwark 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 (Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Southwark)
£90.00 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.

If you would like to spend some more time exploring London or catch a play at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, consider spending an extra night in Southwark, at the end of your tour.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Southwark)
£90.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 50 miles (80 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 14 miles (22.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 20 miles (32 km)
Code: SHWL1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Marlow
End of holiday: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Southwark

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 London Heathrow and London Gatwick.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Marlow). There is a choice of rail stations and underground stations at the start of the trail (Southwark, London). The nearest rail station to Southwark centre is at London Bridge Underground.

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

From London - Trains run from London Paddington station to Marlow.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start the trail is to catch a train from London Paddington station to Marlow.

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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