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Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK

Our guide to the best places to run in Stratford-Upon-Avon, including the nothern end of the Cotswolds

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Stratford-upon-Avon is a popular tourist destination, owing to its status as the birthplace and gravesite of playwright and poet William Shakespeare. The town receives some 2.5 million visitors a year. Located in the county of Warwickshire, Stratford is close to the northern end of the Cotswolds. There are some pleasant running options in Stratford-Upon-Avon, with numerous multi-use paths and pastoral trails passing fields and farms.

The signature run in Stratford is the path along the River Avon, headed south of town. This path intersects with the popular Stratford Greenway. Another great place to run in Stratford is the canal path. Just west of town, near Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, there are some pastoral paths passing by fields and farms, while a few miles east of town, enjoy a run in Charlecote Park, the grounds of a 12th-century estate. We also highly recommend heading a few miles south of Stratford to experience some running in the Cotswolds — a designated Area of Natural Beauty. The northern terminus of the 105-mile Cotswold Way is located in Chipping Campden.

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Some of our favorite runs in Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK

River Avon Path

The path along the River Avon offers a pleasant waterfront run in Stratford-Upon-Avon. A combination of terrain,... more...

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River Avon Path

Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK

The path along the River Avon offers a pleasant waterfront run in Stratford-Upon-Avon. A combination of terrain, from riverside path to woods and farm fields on a varying surface. A loop is ~5 miles, can add with Stratford Greenway.
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Gateway to the Cotswolds

Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK

We highly recommend a run in the famed Cotswolds, the northern end of which is just south of Stratford. The Area of Natural Beauty is famous for its rolling hills and farm villages. A good running option is the Cotswold Way, which starts in Chipping Campden.
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River Avon Path

Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK

The path along the River Avon offers a pleasant waterfront run in Stratford-Upon-Avon. A combination of terrain, from riverside path to woods and farm fields on a varying surface. A loop is ~5 miles, can add with Stratford Greenway.
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Find your running gear at the Sports Direct store in the center of Stratford.

The signature running event in Stratford-Upon-Avon is the Rotary Shakespeare Marathon and Half Marathon, held in April.

This CALENDAR is a good list of running events in the Warwickshire area.