Saturday, April 5, 2014

Shakespeare Saturday: Walk Like Will

We know Shakespeare the writer, the actor, and the father but the long distance walker? That part of his persona is probably not as well-known. But in Shakespeare's day, walking was the most common and most affordable mode of transportation, even if that walk spans 146 miles.

From Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-Upon-Avon, the path that he most likely took to South London winds through towns and past rivers to lead to the Globe Theater. While we'll never know how often Shakespeare took this walk or what words he conjured up on his journey, anyone now has the opportunity to walk in his footsteps. To celebrate the Bard's 450th birthday coming up later this month, this path, called Shakespeare's Way, is being opened to the public for Shakespeare lovers to explore.

The walk is long but you can walk parts of it at your leisure. Start at Shakespeare's childhood home so you can experience that piece of history as well. Walk a few miles or as long as you like to get a feel for the beginning of Shakespeare's long journeys into the city. I would also suggest making sure you do the final leg of the walk so that you can enter London as he would have and head to the new Globe Theater, as the original is no longer standing—at least that's what I would do! And that's what I hope to do someday.

You can learn more about Shakespeare's Way here and here!

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