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 Cotswold Way is well marked so navigation should be easy. Look out for the acorn signs which are the National Trail markers.
Safety informationThe 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.
Tips and hints
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.
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.
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 Olympick Games here in 1612. They were revived in 1952 and now take place every spring bank holiday.
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.
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.
EquipmentGood 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.
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.