From Chipping Campden you enter classic Cotswold scenery as you traverse the open countryside with panoramic views and visit picture-perfect villages.
Leaving beautiful Chipping Campden the route leads up onto Dover’s Hill, where magnificent views are afforded across the surrounding countryside. Continuing on, you arrive at Broadway Tower an 18th-century folly once home to the artist William Morris. From here you descend to the picturesque linear village of Broadway before ascending to Shenberrow Hill and the remains of an Iron Age settlement. A final descent brings you down to the quaint village of Stanton and the end of your walk.
Amazing views over the Vale of Evesham are afforded from Dover’s Hill and Broadway Tower. Coupled with the quintessentially English Cotswold settlements of Broadway and Stanton, this walk is a delight and should be savoured.
The only sections of the walk today, where you might encounter traffic, are leaving Chipping Campden and crossing some of the roads, particularly at Fish Hill. There are a few climbs and descents which are not particularly steep but which might be tricky during or after wet weather.
The Cotswold Way is well marked so navigation should be easy. Look out for the acorn signs which are the National Trail markers.
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Points of Interest
Owned by the National Trust the hill is a natural vantage point at 230 metres. Named after Captain Robert Dover an eccentric local who organised his first Olympic Games here in 1612. They were revived in 1952 and now take place every spring bank holiday.
For more information: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dovers-hill
The top of Broadway Tower is said to be the highest point in the Cotswolds at 332 meters. Designed by James Wyatt in1798, and built by Capability Brown the Tower is a Norman-style keep with three rounded turrets. Surrounded by a country park there are extensive views over the Vale of Evesham.
For more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadway_Tower,_Worcestershire
A quintessential Cotswold village with many elegant buildings. The wide main street giving the village its name. There are 17th-century Almshouses, St Eadburgh’s Church dating from the 12th century and a village green.
For more information: https://www.visitworcestershire.org/place/broadway-village
Food and Drink
Chipping Campden is a small Cotswold town with a full range of facilities. There are a number of shops, cafes and pubs where you can stock up with food and drink. There is also a post office, pharmacy and convenience shop with a cash machine. However, access to the cash machine is available only during opening hours. There are public conveniences at Fish Hill car park and a cafe at Broadway Tower. A full range of facilities are also available in Broadway itself. There is also a pub in Stanton though opening times vary.
NB If you are walking to Winchcombe the following day, there are no shops in Stanton so you will need to carry provisions for both sections.
Good comfortable boots or walking shoes are recommended. The ground can be quite soft and the paths are well used by walkers and riders. Whilst the terrain is not particularly difficult it can be muddy with some waterlogged stretches after heavy rain. Walking poles are an option if preferred. The British weather is changeable so waterproofs should also be carried just in case.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.
There are some opportunities to buy food/water today but be sure to bring enough with you.