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Broadway to Moreton-in-Marsh via Chipping Campden

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  • A mossy wall leads the way
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  • Broadway tower in the mist
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  • Graham Greene's House
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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. Finish the day by climbing up and over the ridge on bridleways and paths to Moreton-in-Marsh.

moderate
21.1 km
5:15 h
482 m
446 m

From the wide streets of Broadway, you will wander through bucolic farmers fields to the iconic Broadway tower, enjoying sweeping views of the rolling Cotswolds countryside. Weaving through forests, quiet lanes and winding paths you will be immersed in the atmosphere of the countryside, passing through Chipping Campden, a quaint golden stoned village full of interesting eateries and pubs. The second leg of the walk leads you along bridleways and paths as you crest the top of a valley, enjoying impressive views of the Vale of Evesham, perhaps the only place you can see the entire vale on a clear day. You finish in the bustling town of Moreton-in-Marsh, bursting at the seams with old country pubs and evocative architecture.

 

** Please note that if you are spending the night in Chipping Campden, you would use the this information from Broadway to Chipping Campden and then the next day you use this same information to get to Moreton-in-Marsh the next day.

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.

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Highest point
312 m
Lowest point
92 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.

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.

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. 

Moreton-in-Marsh

A beautiful linear market town built around an old toll road. The market here was first licensed in 1227 and has been running in one way or another for 800 years! The market still runs today, if you are in the town on a Tuesday be sure to take a look. The road running through the town used to be a Roman road and has been a resting place for weary travellers for centuries - many of the homely inns have been reviving people with their hot food and cold drinks for hundreds of years.

 

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

Moreton-on-Marsh high street

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

9.60 km - TURN RIGHT at the Noel Arms Hotel, there is a path that runs under/through the hotel itself, pass through the carpark and head STRAIGHT ON ascending the hill

9.70 km - Head STRAIGHT ON passing Lady Juliana View to your left and Pear Tree Close to your right

10.10 km - STRAIGHT ON with tennis courts to right

10.20 km - STRAIGHT ON ignoring the right turn

10.30 km - BEAR LEFT on to the main road, being careful of traffic, continue on this road for almost one kilometre

11.10 km - Just before you reach the Bakers Arms in Broad Campden TURN RIGHT through a wooden gate, joining an ascending bridleway

11.50 km - The path is wide and clear, continue STRAIGHT ON

12.40 km - You will reach a hedge at the end of the of the field, TURN LEFT signposted Public Footpath, following the hedge as the path descends

12.90 km - At the bottom of the field, pass through the wooden gate and TURN RIGHT, circling a small pond on the left and passing a farmhouse on the right

13.00 km - Pass through the wooden gate, ascending steps and then TURN LEFT on to a dirt vehicle track

13.40 km - BEAR LEFT on to a track road, ignore the right turns

14.00 km - The track bears left, ignore this and continue STRAIGHT ON joining a small path that descends

14.30 km - Continue STRAIGHT ON at the bottom of the field through a small tree plantation, then BEAR RIGHT and immediately BEAR LEFT to descend through a field way marked for the Heart of England Way

14.60 km - Pass across a wooden bridge at the bottom of the field, BEAR RIGHT ascending up the hill ignoring the track that leads to your right, as the ground levels out head for the top right of the field

15.00 km - Cross the fence using the step provided when you reach the top corner of the field and continue STRAIGHT ON

15.40 km - At the bottom of this field, cross the fence using the step provided and join a small lane that leads into the village, immediately TURN LEFT descending with the road

15.50 km - TURN RIGHT at the T-Junction

15.70 km - BEAR LEFT after passing the small park on your left, entering the churchyard keep the church to your right

15.80 km - As you leave the churchyard, BEAR RIGHT descending to join Lower Street, TURN RIGHT heading out of the village

16.00 km - TURN LEFT onto the footpath, ignoring the sign for Quiet Lanes Walk, follow the signs for the Heart of England Way

16.10 km - Pass over the fence, BEAR LEFT through the field with the stream to your left

16.20 km - At the end of the field, cross the fence and BEAR RIGHT ascending through the next field, passing a duck pond to your right

16.40 km - Pass through the gate and continue STRAIGHT ON, be careful for the cows in the field

16.90 km - At the top of the hill TURN LEFT sharply down a small path that winds through the trees

17.00 km - Pass through the wooden gate and then TURN RIGHT immediately through a second gate following the path along the edge of the field

17.50 km - Pass through a metal gate and BEAR LEFT joining a dirt track, immediately cross the tarmac road and continue on the same path on the other side of the road

18.00 km - Continue STRAIGHT ON with the wall to your left

18.40 km - BEAR RIGHT off the track and into the field over a wooden step on the fence, continue STRAIGHT ON through the field

18.60 km - Pass through a wooden gate, BEAR RIGHT as you cross the road and then immediately BEAR LEFT through a gate and continue STRAIGHT ON across the next field

18.90 km - Pass through the wooden gate at the bottom of the field and continue STRAIGHT ON

19.40 km - Pass through the wooden gate at the bottom of the field and continue STRAIGHT ON

19.50 km - Pass through the wooden gate at the bottom of the field and continue STRAIGHT ON

19.60 km - Pass through the wooden gate at the bottom of the field and continue STRAIGHT ON

19.80 km - Pass through the wooden gate at the bottom of the field and continue STRAIGHT ON 

20.10 km - Pass through the wooden gate at the bottom of the field and continue STRAIGHT ON

20.40 km - Pass through the wooden gate at the bottom of the field and BEAR LEFT through a second wooden gate then BEAR LEFT across the field on the dirt path

20.70 km - Pass through a small metal gate and walk down the narrow path with the vegetable garden of the parish council to your left

20.90 km - Cross Hospital Road STRAIGHT ON to Corders Lane

21.10 km - TURN RIGHT on to the High Street, you have finished the days walk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
21.1 km
Duration
5:15 h
Ascent
482 m
Descent
446 m
In and out With refreshment stops

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