Shipston On StourCornerstone of the Cotswolds

Walks & Wheels around Shipston-on-Stour

Our lovely little town could not be better placed to explore the North Cotswolds and South Warwickshire. We’re smack in the middle of beautiful countryside that can be as easy or as challenging as you want. From the town you can easily walk out into the Cotswolds. Time your visit to coincide with the Three Hills Walk at Brailes for some breathtaking views from areas normally closed to the public; meander through small, hidden villages; or take on the Shakespeare Way. Check out the links below for full details.

Bring your bike or hire one from Stratford or from Moreton. This area just begs to be explored on two wheels. We have Sustrans routes, we have cycling groups, we have signed cycle routes, we have cycling guides and, of course, we have quiet country roads with small, traditional English villages where you can tarry a while in peaceful tranquillity. For more information, and to plan your two-wheeled trip, follow the links below. And remember to look at the rest of our site to find out more about the places you will pass through!


Podcast walking tours of Shipston-on-Stour are available from the Shakespeare Country website:

There are many pleasant environments suitable for walking within the Stour Valley. If you’re looking for a good route, Walking Britain is a national website which has a wide range of information.

Walking in Warwickshire also provides free downloads of walks across Warwickshire in general and the Shipston area in particular.

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Shipston Cycling - is a group of road cyclists who meet every Sunday for cycle rides around Shipston-on-Stour. All are welcome for a social ride on road bikes, from beginner to experienced Sportive rider or Triathlete. If you want to join in with a ride just turn up at the start. For details of rides see:

Cycle Routes

There are three local cycling routes that are signed and have handy guides to take with you, which contain information about the places you will visit and a map of the route.

The three routes are:

The Cotswold and Feldon Cycle Route

The Shipston-on-Stour to Moreton-in-Marsh Route

The Shipston-on-Stour to Southam Route

If you’re looking for cycling routes around a wider area there is an excellent user-submitted guide available on the Map My Ride website. Warwickshire cycling routes can also be found on the Cycle Route website

Warwickshire County Council provides a comprehensive list of popular cycle routes and mountain bike challenge routes around Warwickshire.

If you are just visiting the Shipston-on-Stour area, and would like to hire a bicycle, then Stratford Bike Hire could help.

National Cycle Network routes in the area

The National Cycle Network is a comprehensive network of safe and attractive routes to cycle and walk throughout the UK, being coordinated by Sustrans, the UK’s leading sustainable transport organisation. About a third of the network consists of traffic-free paths and the remainder follows quiet lanes or traffic-calmed roads.

The National Cycle Route 5 passes through Shipston on its way from Oxford to Birmingham.

Oxford – Stratford-upon-Avon – Birmingham (Route 5)

For comprehensive information and maps for the National Cycle Network visit the Sustrans website.

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