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Chipping Campden to Stanton

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  • Start of the Cotswold Way
    Start of the Cotswold Way
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From Chipping Campden, you enter classic Cotswold scenery as you traverse the open countryside with panoramic views and visit picture-perfect villages.
easy
Distance 17 km
5:30 h
378 m
421 m
311 m
83 m
Leaving beautiful Chipping Campden, the route leads up onto Dover’s Hill, where magnificent views are afforded across the surrounding countryside. Continuing, 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.

Author’s recommendation

Fantastic views over the Vale of Evesham are to be had 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.
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Update: April 25, 2022
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Highest point
311 m
Lowest point
83 m
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Rest stops

Broadway Tower
Broadway

Safety information

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.

Tips and hints

Points of Interest

Dover’s Hill

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 

Broadway Tower

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

Broadway 

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.

Start

Old Market Hall Chipping Campden (148 m)
Coordinates:
OS Grid
SP 15118 39172
DD
52.050734, -1.780939
DMS
52°03'02.6"N 1°46'51.4"W
UTM
30U 583593 5767382
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Destination

Stanton War Memorial Plaque

Turn-by-turn directions

*** To help you follow the route with confidence we have provided full written turn by turns to aid you on your walk from Chipping Campden to Stanton. Whilst, the Cotswolds are waymarked it can be featureless and off the beaten path at some sections so we strongly suggest that you follow the GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone app to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day.  The daily maps can also be printed from the web version of the app should you wish to take paper copies with you. ***

 

0.00 km – Standing with your back to the Old Market Hall and with the round National Trail Plaque in front of you on the pavement and the Post Office on your left, GO STRAIGHT ON along the High Street past the War Memorial and Town Hall to St Catherine’s Church.

0.30 km – TURN RIGHT at St Catherine’s Church then BEAR LEFT along Hoo Lane and GO STRAIGHT ON gradually uphill towards Dover’s Hill. Follow the Cotswolds Way signs as the lane changes into a footpath by a farm.

1.20 km – Arriving at a tarmac road TURN LEFT then in 100 m TURN RIGHT onto a waymarked footpath and GO STRAIGHT ON until you come to a wooden gate.

1.60 km – At the wooden gate TURN LEFT onto Dover’s Hill and GO STRAIGHT ON past the Triangulation Pillar summit marker. There are extensive views of the Vale of Evesham on your right.

2.10 km – At the viewpoint marker BEAR LEFT through a small car park then TURN LEFT onto the footpath parallel to the tarmac road.

2.50 km – Reaching a crossroads junction, cross the road with care and TURN RIGHT onto the footpath parallel with the road. GO STRAIGHT ON crossing the stone stile and TURN LEFT following the path signposted to Broadway Tower. Continue on this prominent path known as Mile Drive for approx 1.5 km.

4.70 km – At the end of the tree-lined path GO STRAIGHT ON through the stone wall and across the open fields to a road.

5.20 km – At the tarmac road cross over with care and GO STRAIGHT ON through the field then BEAR LEFT at the gate and picnic table.( Fish Hill viewpoint marker is a short distance to the right). Descend to a small car park and BEAR RIGHT past the public conveniences to arrive at a busy main road.

5.80 km – Cross the main road with care and TURN RIGHT then almost immediately BEAR LEFT up a tarmac lane past some buildings and a waymarked signpost to Broadway Tower. GO STRAIGHT ON along the wooded footpath to arrive at a metal gate.

6.30 km – Pass through the metal gate and GO STRAIGHT ON over the open field following the wooden marker posts with Broadway Tower just visible. Magnificent views over the Vale of Evesham can be seen to the right.

7.00 km – Arriving at Broadway Tower TURN RIGHT and descend the path with the tower to the left. (There is a café at the Broadway Tower car park and ticket office should you wish to go up the tower). GO STRAIGHT ON down the hillside for approx 2 km towards Broadway keeping the field boundary on your right. Cross a small stream and go along a short gravel track to reach a tarmac road.

9.00 km – At the tarmac road TURN LEFT along the High Street in Broadway. At the War Memorial, Cross BEAR LEFT at the side of the green to reach Snowhill Road.

9.70 km – At the tarmac road TURN LEFT past a thatched cottage, pub and church.

9.90 km - Just past the Church TURN RIGHT onto the path signposted West End Lane and GO STRAIGHT ON over the stone bridge and across the field to a road.

10.4 km – At the tarmac road, cross over and GO STRAIGHT ON up the path signposted Cotswold Way. Ascend the steep slope up to the woods with Broadway Tower visible on the ridge to the left.

10.9 km – At the top of some wooden steps emerge from the wood and BEAR LEFT onto the waymarked path.

11.5 km – Arriving at a farm track TURN LEFT along the lane and GO STRAIGHT ON.

12.2 km – At a metal gate cross over the stile and GO STRAIGHT ON up the track through the farmyard signposted to Shenbarrow and Stanton.

12.5 km – Just before a metal gate across the track TURN RIGHT through a metal stile and GO STRAIGHT ON along the hillside to join a prominent track. BEAR LEFT keeping the hedge to the right and GO STRAIGHT ON for approx 2 km ascending Laverton Hill with magnificent views over the Vale of Evesham.

14.3 km – At the end of the track TURN RIGHT over a cattle grid and follow the gravel path signposted Cotswold Way.

15.1 km – Arriving at a small cottage, BEAR RIGHT through a gate and the old Iron Age fort ramparts, descending steeply down a narrow valley for approx 0.5 km.

15.6 km – At the bottom of the valley, cross the wooden stile and BEAR RIGHT down the grassy slope. Follow the wooden marker posts through the trees to reach a gravel road.

16.0 km – At the gravel, road TURN LEFT and GO STRAIGHT ON past the emergency phone box and down towards Stanton.

16.5 km – At a thatched cottage and tarmac road, TURN RIGHT then BEAR LEFT into the village past the old stone cross.

17.0 km – Arriving at the road junction and War Memorial Plaque in the wall on the right you have reached the end of your walk.

 

*** This is the end of our Chipping Campden to Stanton route. If you are walking to Winchcombe today, then please move onto the Stanton to Winchcombe route***

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Coordinates

OS Grid
SP 15118 39172
DD
52.050734, -1.780939
DMS
52°03'02.6"N 1°46'51.4"W
UTM
30U 583593 5767382
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

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.


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Difficulty
easy
Distance
17 km
Duration
5:30 h
Ascent
378 m
Descent
421 m
Highest point
311 m
Lowest point
83 m
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