Stratford upon Avon Parkway Railway Station
Serves Bishopton and northern Stratford upon Avon and adjacent to the existing Stratford North Park & Ride. See Warwickshire County council information:
Warwickshire County Council built Stratford upon Avon Parkway as a Park and Ride facility, opening in 2013. The station is located on Stratford upon Avon's northern flank in an area known as the Bishopton.
The adjacent Park and Ride facility has 710 spaces for motor vehicles.
The area was once famed for its spa waters, but this was short-lived. A spring at Bishopton was first brought to the public's attention by Dr Charles Perry in 1744. The spring was visited for its curative properties by 1800, but it was not until the 1840s that proposals were put forward to develop it into a fashionable inland resort.
Eventually, the spa was launched with great euphoria in 1837. Speculative plans for developing the area S and E of the spa were initiated in the 1830s. Roads and drives were laid out, and a church built. However, several building plots did not find purchasers, and in 1855, most of the area was sold off as agricultural land.
The Stratford upon Avon Canal is nearby to Stratford upon Avon Parkway; The Stratford upon Avon Canal was promoted by an Act of 1793, but it was not until 1816 after more money had been raised that the link to the River Avon at Stratford was completed.
To access the canal walk along the footpath from the station onto Bishopton Lane, turn right, go over the railway bridge, and the canal is directly in front of you. Access to the canal at this point is available. Suppose one turns left, walking in a south-easterly direction. In that case, the canal towpath takes you to Stratford upon Avon town centre, ending up at the basin and River Avon adjacent to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
Turning right and walking in a north-westerly direction, along the canal will provide a pleasant walk into the countryside and up the 'Wilmcote Flight' of eleven locks that climb by 23.4 metres (77 foot). If you walk for approximately 1.5 miles (2.5km), you will reach Wilmcote, where you can visit Mary Arden's Farm. The historic half-timbered Tudor farmhouse was home to Shakespeare's mother before she was married.
Wilmcote railway station is also nearby, enabling you to return to Stratford upon Avon or travel back towards Birmingham, Leamington, or London by train.
Located near the A46/A3400 junction, Stratford upon Avon Parkway is easy to reach by road.
Stratford upon Avon Parkway Railway Station, Bishopton Lane, Stratford upon Avon CV37 9QY