Starting in the town of Broadway, climbing to the iconic Broadway Tower and on to Dover Hill before descending through open fields and shaded woodland into Chipping Campden.
Leaving beautiful Broadway behind, a steady climb takes you to Broadway Tower, an 18th century "folly" tower that is home to both sweeping views as well as historical exhibitions about it's famous occupants over time, including the artist William Morris.
Admire the incredible views as you cross the fields to Dover’s Hill, and then enjoy a gentle stroll down to the honey-colored cottages of the well-preserved market town of Chipping Campden. The Market Hall, originally built in 1627 to provide shelter for traders, is worth a look around—just imagine the bustling scenes of market day as you walk along the worn paving stones.
It is recommended to stop in Chipping Campden to eat lunch in one of the lovely pubs that line its narrow stone streets. The day is quite long, and a pub lunch is a perfect way to break it up.
There are some road crossings, always be aware of traffic and be sure to use a pavement/sidewalk where possible, where it isn’t walk on the right-hand side of the road,
Some of the ground can be uneven, with steep descents and muddy/boggy ground. Ensure you have suitable footwear and step cautiously where needed, the mud is especially tricky in wet weather.
A note about farms and animals: Be very aware of closing gates behind you. Remember, animals on a farm are not pets and can be closer to a wild animal than a domestic pet - particularly for dogs. The main risk today is cattle as the path often crosses fields with grazing cattle,
When crossing the streams, be wary of slippery and loose stones, if you feel unsure bring walking poles for support, and you can always find a more suitable crossing a little up or downstream.
Tips and hints
Points of Interest
Broadway Tower was the brainchild of the great 18th Century landscape designer, the fantastically named Capability Brown. His vision was carried out for George William 6th Earl of Coventry with the help of renowned architect James Wyatt and completed in 1798. It is the tallest tower in the Cotswolds and you can see an incredible 16 different counties from its summit! Wyatt designed his “Saxon Tower” as an eccentric amalgamation of architectural components ranging from turrets, battlements and gargoyles to balconies.
Admission prices and opening times may vary, for more information: https://broadwaytower.co.uk/shop/
Dover’s Hill is one of the high points along the Cotswold scarp, a steep edge of high land running from Bath in southern Gloucestershire to Chipping Campden in the north. It is made of Jurassic limestone, a kind of rock that was formed about 165 million years ago beneath a warm tropical sea. Its natural geography created a natural amphitheatre, and this is where the British Olympic movement started. The Cotswold Olympicks has been held here since 1612, invented by Robert Dover as a way of uniting rich and poor in a festive event. The events included shin-kicking, sledgehammer throwing and tug of war! There is a theory that Shakespeare himself attended, and referenced the games in his writing.
Food and Drink
You are spoilt for choice today. Broadway, Chipping Campden and Blockley all have a host of excellent places to eat. Chipping Campden is probably the best place to get lunch, it is almost at the halfway point and is a small, atmospheric village full of character. The famous novelist Graham Greene lived here, perhaps you could get a coffee and a cake and read a little of one of his novels. Greene was widly considered to be one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.
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Sturdy waterproof boots as the path can be slippery and wet in parts.
Walking poles for stream crossing and muddy descents if the weather is wet.