Broad Campden route: 12.3 miles or 19.8km
Longborough route: 12.5 miles or 20.1km
OS Landranger 151; Explorer 45
For both routes, 5 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 Broad 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 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. 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. Choice of lunch stops, including the upscale Churchill Arms in Paxford.
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.
Broad Campden route:
This route can be extended by 4.9 miles (or 7.9 km) with a map-based extension via Chipping Campden and Dover's Hill. This extension will be fully written-up during March 2018.
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 in Blockley back to Moreton-in-Marsh. The bus service is limited and the last bus stops on request only in Blockley around 19:00 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.
Broad Campden route
Many tea / dinner options in Moreton-in-Marsh. See walk notes for some suggestions.
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Out: (not a train station)
Back: (not a train station)
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