Walking and Cycling Tour Breaks
The Charlecote Pheasant Hotel is perfect for group, leisure and corporate travellers who are looking to explore Warwickshire and the surrounding areas.
We have put together some suggestions for walking and cycling routes in the area, which are ideal for individuals and groups.
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With a wealth of delightful features and quiet corners to discover, our little hamlet is a joy to explore at any time of year. Perfect for a stroll, afternoon tea or even a walk to Charlecote Mill.
This charming former Farmhouse and Hayloft provides and excellent choice of inviting, comfortable rooms, with 70 rooms to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice. From the relaxed charm of our classic rooms, to spacious suites for that special occasion, the choice is yours. Matching the character of the property, every room provides a restful space and modern comforts.
Homely, stylish hotel rooms in the heart of Shakespeare Country, situated in the quaint village of Charlecote only 5 miles from Stratford-Upon-Avon.
Stratford to Charlecote Park, Postcode; CV37 6BB
Distance; 14.7 miles
This route takes you through the lovely countryside following the 41 cycle route from the south side of Stratford upon Avon to Charlecote Park and Hampton Lucy. Charlecote Park is a stunning National Trust property and the halfway point of the ride is the village of Hampton Lucy where the church has some links to Shakespeare.
Moreton-in-Marsh Cycle Loop - Postcode GL56 0AZ
Distance; 27 miles
Time; 4hr 30 mins
The route starts and finishes in Moreton-in-Marsh, along the way you will discover quaint and picturesque villages, pedal along hedge-lined country lanes and gaze out, from the tops of short, sharp climbs, at a vista of rolling hills and patchwork fields.
National Trust Charlecote Park Walk, Postcode: CV35 9ER Distance; 1 mile Time; 15-20 minutes Terrain; Grassed paths This short walk explores the beautiful landscaped grounds of the National Trust's Charlecote Park, a stunning Victorian home overlooking the River Avon. Take a stroll through this Capability Brown-inspired landscape, along mown grassy paths. Shakespeare's River Avon and the lake offer plenty of wildlife-spotting opportunities along the way.
Charlecote and Wellesbourne, Postcode; CV35 9ER
Distance; 6 miles
Time; 2hr 15 mins
Terrain; Easily accessible paths
This walk starts in the quaint village of Charlecote, about 5 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon. There is an opportunity to visit the superb Charlecote Park house, which has been the home of the Lucy family since 1247. The route passes along the banks of the pretty River Dene to the edge of the village of Wellesbourne and then crosses farmland and farm lanes on its return to Charlecote, passing close to 19th-century Charlecote Mill.
Vined walls line the cobbled lanes of the old town, smoke rising over the thatched roofs as the morning sun begins to illuminate the outline of the ancient castle, a dominant feature of the skyline. The town of Warwick is bursting with historical sights, beautiful buildings, and more activities than anyone could hope to do in just one weekend.
Day 1 – River Avon, St Nicholas Park and Warwick Castle
Start your trip to the beautiful town of Warwick with a paddle along the River Avon. Set out on the tranquil water, beautiful and secluded from the rest of the town. Admire the unique vantage point of the castle that you will get from the luxury of a wooden row boat. Once you have finished enjoying river, head to the boat club and make your way alongside the water through St Nicholas' park.
Watch as the local wildlife, primarily ducks and swans, make their way around the shore. Finish off the day with a guided tour of the fascinating fortification that sits unmissable on the skyline of Warwick, the 800-year-old Warwick castle.
Day 2 – Old Town, Mill Gardens, Kenilworth Castle
Start the second day in Warwick with a stroll along the quaint and beautiful cobbled lanes of Old Town Warwick. Sitting beneath the towering silhouette of Warwick Castle. Follow all the way to the bottom of the lane, surrounded by thatched roofs and visible beam houses, to your next stop of the day, Mill Gardens. Sitting on the banks of River Avon, below the beautiful fortress of Castle Warwick, sits the peaceful escape of the Mill Gardens. These beautiful gardens are a tranquil retreat from the modern-day roads and town centre of Warwick.
If Warwick Castle impressed you then, just 6-miles to the north of the town of Warwick, the ancient ruins of Kenilworth Castle lie just waiting to be explored. Owned by English Heritage, Castle Kenilworth is a preserved ruin of the 900-year-old fortification that used to protect this region of Warwickshire. Founded originally in the 12th century, the castle was frequently expanded over the next few centuries, eventually being transformed from fortification to Elizabethian Palace.
From strolling along the pretty canals that over 150 swans call home to marvelling at half-timbered Tudor houses and following in the footsteps of Shakespeare, there are a whole bunch of incredible things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Day 1 – Stroll along the canal, Stratford
Butterfly Farm, Royal Shakespeare Theatre Stratford-upon-Avon's canal runs for nearly 26 miles and is one of the town's prettiest and most famous features. You can walk in a circular route from Bancroft Gardens by crossing the canal at Lucy's Mill Bridge and then walk up through The Recreation Ground on the other side. After your morning stroll, head to the Stratford Butterfly Farm. It can be found along Swan's Nest Lane, close to the canal and Recreation Ground. Here, you can wander around a large tropical greenhouse, which has thousands of butterflies fluttering around, lots of different plants and even bridges and a gushing waterfall. It wouldn't be a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon without a little of Shakespeare involved. Make the most of this with an evening show at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
Day 2 – Old Town, Shakespeare Houses
Start your day with a morning wander around the Old Town, which is home to many houses related to Shakespeare and lots of historic Tudor buildings. Your visit to Stratford-upon-Avon simply has to include trips to Shakespeare's Houses. Within the Old Town, you'll find three houses related to Shakespeare: his birthplace, the first home he bought; New Place and his daughter's house that she lived in with her husband; Hall's Croft. They're all within a few minutes walk of each other, so it's easy to see them all in one day. You could even join a walking tour if you want to learn some history along the way too.
Places of interest
- National Trust Charlecote Park
- The Charlecote Mill
- Silverstone Race Track and Silverstone Experience
- Warwick Castle
- Royal Shakespeare Theatre
- Shakespeare's Birthplace
- The Canal and River Tours
- Stratford Tennis Club