Geography of Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford upon Avon is a small town with a big profile, largely due to the
fame of William Shakespeare. It sits on the periphery of the lovely Cotswolds
region in the heart of England, not far from Birmingham.
The town is dissected by the pretty Avon river, set about by willow trees and
grassy knolls, and the historic part of the town lies to the west. With a population
of 20,000 the town is small enough to navigate entirely on foot, and a visit
to some of the remoter attractions, such as Anne Hathaway's Cottage takes your
through a pretty meadow.
The closest significant town is Warwick, less than five miles to the north,
and from here it is a short drive further by way of the M40 to Birmingham. Worcester
is also found within a half hour's drive to the west, from where you can access
The town is also within a few hours drive northeast of London, making it an
ideal day trip.
Warwickshire presents a pleasant undulating landscape given over to pastures
with its fertile soil and mild climate. It is watered by the Avon, Leam, and
Tame. The forest of Arden nearby is a reminder of how much of the area once
was. There are also mineral springs at Leamington, Stratford on Avon, Ilmington,
Southam, Willoughby, and King's Newnham and the area is traversed in all directions
by canals and railways.
Kingsbury Water Park is a nearby area of natural beauty with 15 lakes situated
in over 600 acres of country parkland, and you can stroll along the surfaced
paths, explore hidden corners, spot birds and wildlife, or hire a bike. Other
popular parks include Hartshill Hayes Country Park, Ryton Pools Country Park
and Ufton Fields Nature Reserve.
Selection of hotels in this region:
The Welcombe Hotel & Golf Course
Macdonald Hotels, The Alveston Manor
Billesley Manor Hotel
Macdonald Hotels, The Shakespeare
Stratford Moat House
Stratford Victoria Hotel
Macdonald Hotels, The Swan's Nest
Charlecote Pheasant Hotel
Salford Hall Hotel
Ettington Park Hotel
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