Leave Chipping Campden and enter classic Cotswold countryside as you traverse open land, climb above the picture-perfect villages and enjoy iconic views.
Leaving beautiful Chipping Campden behind, climb up to Dover’s Hill and admire the incredible views as youcross the fields to Broadway. Arrive at Broadway Tower, an 18th century folly tower that is home to both sweeping views as well as historicalexhibitions about it's famous occupants over time, including the artistWilliam Morris. At the end of the day treat yourself to English tea and delicioushomemade cakes at one of the many tea rooms of Broadway. Retire to your elegant country house hotel, complete with cozy lounges and roaring logfires, for a restful night’s sleep
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.
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.
Tips, hints and links
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.
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.