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Broadway in the Cotswolds a 13.7Mile walk in the hills following the Cotswolds Way

After a little summer lay off it was nice to return to the cotswolds and the village of Broadway, the weather was good at about 24c and it was just right for a 14 mile walk around the hills. The village of Broadway is very popular with tourists and you will have no problem finding parking, and it will only cost you £4 for the day. The village lies beneath Fish Hill and is often referred to as the Jewel in the Cotswolds and in my opinion it looks loads better than the more popular Bourton_on-the-water and Stow on the Wold. The village is lined with buildings all in the usual coloured limestone and is full of shops waiting to sell you loads of things you will never need. The first bit of the walk was up to Broadway tower {locfollowing the Cotswolds way, a path of 102 miles in total that runs from Chipping Campden to Bath, and when you reach the top you will be at the second highest point in the Cotswolds with the base of the tower at 1024ft above Sea level. The Tower looks a bit strange standing lonely on the hill but at 55ft it looks impressive with fantastic views for miles in all directions. The "Saxon" tower was designed by James Wyatt in 1794[3] to resemble a mock castle, and built for Lady Coventry in 1799. The tower was built on a "beacon" hill, where beacons were lit on special occasions. Lady Coventry wondered if a beacon on this hill could be seen from her house in Worcester— approximately 22 miles (35 km) away — and sponsored the construction of the folly to find out. The beacon could be seen clearly.
Over the years, the tower was home to the printing press of Sir Thomas Phillipps, and served as a country retreat for artists including William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones who rented it together in the 1880s.
Today, the tower is a tourist attraction and the centre of a country park with various exhibitions open to the public at a fee as well as a gift shop.
[1] The place is on the Cotswold Way and can be reached by following the Cotswold Way from the A44 road at Fish Hill, or by a steep climb out of Broadway village. Near the tower is a memorial to the crew of an A.W.38 Whitley bomber that crashed there during a training mission in June 1943.

Snowshill
Snowshill is a small Cotswolds village in Gloucestershire, England, located near toBroadway, Worcestershire.
Snowshill is best known for nearby
Snowshill Manor, a National Trust property open to the public. The manor house contains an unusual collection of furniture, musical instruments, craft tools, toys, clocks, bicycles and armour, all collected by architect and craftsman Charles Paget Wade between 1900 and 1951. His Arts and Crafts-style gardens are arranged in an eccentric combination of terraces and ponds forming outdoor rooms, with bright colours and delightful scents.
Snowshill is also the home to Snowshill Lavender, a farm with 35
acres (142,000 m²) of Lavender fields, which also sells lavender products, plants and local crafts.

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