A walk from Stratford to the South Bank doesnâ€™t sound particularly alluring. What, after all, is the Jubilee Line for? But, as youâ€™ve probably guessed from the hilarious title of this post, weâ€™re talking about Stratford-Upon-Avon, not Stratford-Upon-Olympics.
Yup, some chapâ€™s come up with the idea of creating a special walking route from the Bardâ€™s home town all the way to the Globe. Measure for Measure, thatâ€™s about 146 miles, passing through many charming towns and hamlets.
Peter Titchmarsh, a 79-year-old veteran walker, historian and charity fundraiser, conceived of the Shakespeare’s Way in the hope of attracting sponsorship money for good causes. It follows the possible course the big man would have taken when he made the propitious decision to mosey on down to the Smoke and become a Londoner.
Mr Titchmarsh is setting off today in a bid to be the first to complete his route. Heâ€™s hoping to reach the globe on May 2nd. The Telegraph fails to pick up on the fact that this, appropriately, will be after his Twelfth Night on the trail. (Not so your trusty Londonist, ever on the prowl for puns.) Hot on his heels are â€˜two elderly Australiansâ€™ (sadly, not two gentlemen of Verona), who have flown over especially.
While weâ€™re in the mood for olâ€™ Shakey, have a gander at this weekâ€™s Time Out for a delightful feature on how the world would look if heâ€™d never existed. (Amongst other things, weâ€™d have no road humps and less global warming.)
Image from this rather bizarre site.