Peaceful walk through the gentle hills of the Cotwolds with great views and charming honey colored villages
Chipping Campden route: 15.6 miles or 25.1km (shorter and longer options available (see below))
Longborough route: 12.5 miles or 20.1km
OS Landranger 151; Explorer 45
For both main routes, 5 out of 10; For longer Chipping Campden route, 6 out of 10; For shorter Chipping Campden route, 4 out of 10
This is a set of twin walks in the Cotswold based on the market town of Moreton-in-Marsh. Both walks provide a fine introduction to the gentle rolling landscape of the Cotswold and pass through some charming honey colored villages for which the area is famous.
The via Chipping Campden route is a peaceful anti-clockwise circular walk heading north from Moreton through the gentle foot hills of the Cotswolds visiting a number of pretty honey colored villages, including Paxford, Broad Campden, Chipping Campden and Blockley. The morning route passes through some gently rolling fields before commencing a steady climb up a hill with lovely views then descending down to Broad Campden and Chipping Campden, a former wool trading center and pearl of the Cotswold. The afternoon stretch again gently climbs up and follows the top edge of a picturesque valley for a spell before passing through a dramatic dip on the approach to Blockley. Chipping Campden has a variety of options for lunch.
The via Longborough route is a peaceful clockwise circuit that heads west from Moreton, passing through Longborough, the home of a country opera house specialising in Wagner, and retuns along a ridge with fine views.
Both walks share the same final stretch from Blockley to Moreton-in-Marsh.
Historically, these were both map-based walks. However, both options have now been written up with detailed instructions.
Chipping Campden route:
This route can be extended by 2.3 miles (or 3.7 km) with an extension via Dover's Hill. This makes a walk of 17.9 miles/28.8 km.
This route can be shorten by 3.0 miles (or 5.0 km) at Broad Campden with a by-pass of Chipping Campden. This makes a walk of 12.4 miles/20.0 km.
A longer option via Longborough which continues to the fine Cotswold escarpment can be found with SWC Walk 288 (Moreton-in-Marsh Grand Circular via the Escarpment).
Both routes can be shortened by about 3 miles/5km by catching a bus (number 1 or 2 operated by Johnson's Excelbus) at the village green or outside the pub in Blockley back to Moreton-in-Marsh. The bus service is limited and the last bus stops in Blockley around 18:00 Monday-Saturday. There are no buses on Sunday. As the bus times and numbers change regularly, check the latest details before you travel.
Trains run roughly hourly from London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh, journey time 1 hour 38 minutes.
Chipping Campden route
Many tea / dinner options in Moreton-in-Marsh. See walk notes for some suggestions.
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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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Full directions for this walk are in a PDF file (link above) which you can print, or download on to a Kindle, tablet, or smartphone.
This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk