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Chipping Campden

A great 10.5 mile walk on a sunny afternoon in the Cotswolds. 09th june 2014
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This walk was started in the Old Cotswolds town of Chipping Campden (map) and involved a Ten mile hike through the lovely hills, taking in Broadway Tower (map) and loads of other things of interest. The route has a few steep hills and the first of the climbs was Dover's hill at 230m, quite a slog in the hot heat but the views are breathtaking and we could easily see the Malvern hills in the distance. The whole route took in some 2293ft of uphill so make sure you take plenty of food and water with you if its hot weather. Parking in the small town of Chipping Campden can be very hard going with loads of small narrow streets and cars all over the place, you could park in the car park near to Dover's hill to take out the main climb, if its what you require follow this link for car park location (map) this will then put you straight onto the route. Allow a good 4 and a half hours for this trip and find a nice place for a picnic we found one on Broadway hill and you will find some park benches on the route down, if you can find a spare one, or when you pass through Broadway why not visit a pub, trust me there are loads. I have taken a few notes below from Wikipedia to help you with information whilst there exploring you can also download my GPS data to put into phones, gps garmins etc but please also take an Ordnance survey map and a good compass to help you if things go wrong.

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Chipping Campden is a small market town in the Cotswold district of Gloucestershire, England. It is notable for its elegant terraced High Street, dating from the 14th century to the 17th century. ("Chipping" is from Old English cēping, "a market, a market-place"; the same element is found in other towns such as Chipping Norton, Chipping Sodbury and Chipping (now High) Wycombe.[1])
A rich
wool trading centre in the Middle Ages, Chipping Campden enjoyed the patronage of wealthy wool merchants (see also wool church). Today it is a popular Cotswold tourist destination with old inns, hotels, specialist shops and restaurants. The High Street is lined with honey-coloured limestone buildings, built from the mellow locally quarried oolitic limestone known as Cotswold stone, and boasts a wealth of fine vernacular architecture. At its centre stands the Market Hall with its splendid arches, built in 1627.


Broadway is a village and civil parish in the Worcestershire part of the Cotswolds in England.[1] Often referred to as the "Jewel of the Cotswolds",[2] Broadway village lies beneath Fish Hill on the western Cotswold escarpment. The "broad way" is the wide grass-fringed main street, centred on The Green, which is lined with red chestnut trees and honey-coloured Cotswold limestone buildings, many dating from the 16th century.
Its population was 2,540 in the 2011 census, a small increase on the 2,496



Broadway Tower is a folly located on Broadway Hill, near the village of Broadway, in the English county of Worcestershire,[1] at the second highest point of the Cotswolds after Cleeve Hill.[2] Broadway Tower's base is 1,024 feet (312 metres) above sea level. The tower itself stands 65 feet (20 metres) high.
The "Saxon" tower was the brainchild of
Capability Brown and designed by James Wyatt in 1794[3] in the form of a castle, and built for Lady Coventry in 1798-99. 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.


The Cotswold Way is a 102-mile (164 km) long-distance footpath, running along the Cotswold Edge escarpment of the Cotswold Hills in England. It was officially inaugurated as a National Trail on 24 May 2007 and several new rights of way have been created.[2]
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GPS Data.