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Broadway to Chipping Campden

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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. 

easy
9.7 km
3:00 h
221 m
172 m

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.

Author’s recommendation

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.

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Author
Laura Paterson
Updated: April 08, 2019

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
311 m
Lowest point
93 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

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, hints and links

Points of Interest

 

Broadway Tower 

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/ 

Dovers Hill 

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.

Start

The war memorial in Broadway (92 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
52.035913, -1.862490
UTM
30U 578026 5765643

Destination

Chipping Campden

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km - Start with your back to the Cotswold Court Shopping Arcade, facing the war memorial and TURN RIGHT, walking up Broadway High Street

0.63 km - TURN RIGHT up a gravel path, between to cottages signposted for Broadway Tower, pass through a wooden gate and across a yard before passing through a second gate and into a field here you head STRAIGHT ON

1.00 km - Pass through a meta. gate and BEAR LEFT ascending as you follow the grass path

1.20 km - Continue STRAIGHT ON ignoring the right turn, pass through a metal gate in the field and BEAR RIGHT

1.60 km - Approach two large wooden gates at the top of the field with a small pedestrian in the middle, take the middle gate and continue STRAIGHT ON ignoring right turn

1.80 km - As you reach the top of the ridge with a set of steps taking you the final few metres, pass 3 benches to the right and a metal gate to the left and continue STRAIGHT ON through the small wooden gate

2.00 km - Continue STRAIGHT ON through the wooden gate

2.20 km - Continue STRAIGHT ON through the wooden gate

2.50 km -  Continue STRAIGHT ON through the wooden gate, with a fence to your right and a wall to your left as you approach Broadway Tower

2.60 km - Ignoring the right turn to the tower, unless you are visiting it, TURN LEFT through the wooden gate, and take the middle of three grassy paths STRAIGHT ON. Follow the wall on your right past the nuclear bunker 

2.90 km - When the field ends BEAR LEFT and pass through the wall using the wooden gate, BEAR LEFT ignoring the large tracks to drop down into a small gully, follow this as it descends

3.30 km - Emerge from the gully and continue STRAIGHT ON into the woods through a small wooden gate

3.50 km - Stay on the path and BEAR RIGHT away from the main road as it merges into a small back road

3.90 km - The small road meets a bigger main road, cross the road carefully using the small traffic island and on the other side follow the path signposted  for the Cotswold Way Chipping Campden 3 1/2, TURN LEFT before you reach the carpark and walk through the benches and the picnic area

4.20 km - Just before the steps leading up to Fish Hill picnic area, TURN RIGHT through a small wooden gate and into an open field with a dirt path running down the centre, continue on this path

4.40 km - Cross the road and rejoin the path on the other side of the road, being careful of traffic, continue on the same path signposted for the Cotswold Way STRAIGHT ON

4.80 km - Pass through the wall and continue STRAIGHT ON

5.00 km - Pass through the wall and BEAR LEFT on to a wider track

5.70 km - Continue STRAIGHT ON crossing over  the track ahead and onto the wide green pathway

6.60 km - The path narrows and you TURN LEFT and then immediately TURN RIGHT to stay on the path as it runs adjacent to the main road on your left with a field on the right

7.20 km - TURN LEFT by crossing the road at the T Junction and following the sign for  Dovers Hill, ascending and passing a post box on the right

7.40 km - BEAR RIGHT  off the main road and over a walled bridge into Dover Hill carpark, continue STRAIGHT ON through the wooden gate, 20 metres to your left the ridge of Dover Hill drops down with a beautiful viewpoint, continue STRAIGHT ON the wide path along the ridge

8.00 km - After passing a large way stone, TURN LEFT off the large grass path and through a small wooden gate and descending down a narrow earth path

8.40 km - TURN LEFT on to main road, careful of traffic, and then TURN RIGHT to rejoin path on the other side of the road, signposted for Cotswold Way as the path descends

8.70 km - STRAIGHT ON as the path turns into a track and then a small road as you enter Chipping Campden

9.20km - BEAR RIGHT at Back End junction, passing Bird Cage Walk to your right

9.40 km - TURN LEFT at the church on to the high street

 

Note


all notes on protected areas

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

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.


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Difficulty
easy
Distance
9.7 km
Duration
3:00h
Ascent
221 m
Descent
172 m

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