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Chipping Camden church

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The dip before Blockley

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The final climb after Blockley

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Lowing herd

And in the field behind, you can see the local hunt, the cause of the disturbance, Moreton-in-Marsh Circular

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Field

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Circular building, near Paxford

Called the "Round House". Moreton-in-Marsh Circular

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Moreton-in-Marsh Circular walk

Peaceful walk through the gentle hills of the Cotwolds with great views and charming honey colored villages

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Updated: Tue, 29-Jan-19

Date # Post
Sat, 24-Nov-18 10

Merriment and Christmas Market in Moreton-in-Marsh to Blockley

SWC 115: Saturday Walk Moreton-in-Marsh to Blockley via Chipping Campden and Dover’s Hill T=SWC.115

Distance: 14.5 miles or 23.3 km for those more metrically minded for the full route via Dover’s Hill (roughly 2 miles; 3 km shorter if opting for a Broadway map-led ending); 12.2 miles or 20 km omitting Dover’s Hill; 9 miles or 15 km if sticking with the original route by-passing Chipping Campden and Dover's Hill

Difficulty: 5 out of 10 (on average)

Train: Take the 8:22 AM Great Western Moreton-in-Marsh train from London Paddington, arriving at Moreton-in-Marsh at 10:00 AM. Return trains from Moreton-in-Marsh are at 18:48; 19:47; 20:48 and 21:56. Buy a day return to Moreton-in-Marsh. For those wishing a later start/shorter walk, you could take the 9:22 and catch a taxi to Paxford (roughly 12 pounds) where you will have a reasonable chance of connecting with the early starters en route or do the original shorter route by-passing Chipping Campden. The return trip will require a bus from Blockley (16:35 or 18:08) or Broadway (17:53) to Moreton-in-Marsh to connect with a train back to London.

This walk is slight twist on the old classic Moreton-in-Marsh circular via Paxford and Broad Campden. The instructions for this original walk have now been fully written-up and include routing through Chipping Campden (a pearl of the Cotswold) and Dover’s Hill along the Cotswold escarpment (traditionalists can also stick with the original route). Many thanks to the brave group that test drove the new routing option via Chipping Campden and Dover’s Hill in the Spring as a map-led excursion – their feedback was very helpful in finalizing the instructions….

Typically, done in the height of summer, I thought it might make a nice change to try this walk during late autumn, as the villages are preparing for the festive season. In fact, Saturday is the day of the Moreton Christmas Market and I believe Broadway may well have some nice seasonal lights. More information on the walk can be found here. The new instructions (under the "via Broad Campden tab") and gpx file are now available. Please note that the ending to Broadway is map-led – essentially following the well-marked Cotswold Way from Dover’s Hill for 3 miles to Broadway Tower (and 1 mile further down to the village).

The recommended lunch pub is the Eight Bells (01386 840 371) in Chipping Campden (8 miles/13 km into the walk), a traditional inn serving innovative home-cooked food. However, there are various other options available in Chipping Campden. For those doing the shorter walk, the Churchill Arms in Paxford and the Bakers Arms in Broad Campden are the traditional points of call.

Tea or stronger stuff can be had at the Café or Great Western Arms in Blockley or various locations in Broadway.

Enjoy the walk!
What kind of nutcases get up for an 8.20am train to do a 14 mile in the Cotswold's on a grey winter's day?. Well, seven assorted nutcases, is the short answer, and one (me) who had intended to get the train an hour later but had woken at 6am and not been able to get back to sleep. One did get the later train and met up with us mid morning and one sister of one of the walkers joined us by car. So 10 in all.

Those of us on the 8.20 enjoyed a nice ride on the new hybrid trains, which charmingly switch from electric to diesel traction mid journey without you even noticing. (Conversation with an Onboard Train Manager on the way back revealed that this transition could be done without the train having to stop). The 9.20 was a slam door, possibly the last one that will feature on an SWC walk...

On arrival we had a long walk across hill and dale under very grey skies, but apart from a brief shower at the start it did not rain and the ground was minimally muddy. There were some dribs of autumn colour and the landscape had a wild beauty under the lowering heavens.

Still, it was nice to descend to Chipping Camden with its grand church and have a cosy lunch at the Eight Bells. During this we discussed afternoon options, and then on climbing Dover Hill with its fine north westward views we discussed them again, and opted for the map led ridge route to Broadway because it was shorter and because moonlight walks looked unlikely. Having never done it, I thought this was a very fine route, with a wonderful descent from the Broadway Tower down to the twinkling lights of the plain.

They say the lights are always bright in Broadway (had to get that in) and certainly it looked very pretty with all its trees bedecked with illuminations for Christmas. We got there at 4.55pm and about four different tea rooms closed in unison at 5pm, a fact which discomforted no one but me. I got a takeaway tea in my reusable mug and the others went to the Swan Inn.

We then got the 5.50 bus, forming the entirety of its clientelle, I think, and landed up in Moreton in Marsh at 6.15pm in time to see the Christmas market being packed away. But there was a Tesco Express to provide us with alternative sources of seasonal cheer (hummus. tortilla chips, some kind of red liquid that seemed popular) which we consumed on the train home.
Sat, 24-Feb-18 9

Saturday Walk - The Cotswolds: Moreton-in-Marsh Circular (via Chipping Campden), now with words

Length: 24.1 km (15.0 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 420 m
Net Walking Time: ca. 5 ½ hours
Toughness: 7 out of 10
or longer (via Dover’s Hill)
Length: 27.8 km (17.3 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 490 m
Net Walking Time: ca. 6 ½ hours
Toughness: 8 out of 10
or shorter (not via Chipping Campden)
Length: 19.9 km (12.3 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 370 m
Net Walking Time: ca. 4 ½ hours
Toughness: 6 out of 10
Take the 09.22 Worcester Foregate Street train from Paddington (09.38 Slough, 09.53 Reading, 10.23 Oxford), arriving Moreton-in-Marsh at 10.59.
From Ealing B’way: 09.05 to Slough (09.27). From NW London the 09.06 Oxford service from Marylebone (via Haddenham & Thame) may be a better option.
Return trains: 16.42, 17.45, 18.48, 19.47, 20.48 & 21.56.
A Cotswold Classic from the market town of Moreton-in-Marsh, formerly map-led, but now (after a long gestation period) fully revised and written up (only the short version though, for now). It provides a fine introduction to the gentle rolling landscape of the Cotswolds and passes through some charming honey coloured villages for which the area is famous.
It 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 coloured 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.
Walk Options: From Broad Campden a map-based extension via Chipping Campden (24.1 km version) or onto Dover's Hill (27.8 km version) is possible. The latter is of course a stretch target to finish before darkness falls.

For summary, walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here.
Lunch: Churchill Arms in Paxford (6.7 km/4.2 mi) or Bakers Arms in Broad Campden (10.1 km/6.3 mi, food to 14.00) and several options in Chipping Campden.
Tea: a pub and a café (to 16.00) en route in Blockley, loads of options in Moreton. T=swc.115.a
Split my ticket websites currently achieving 11% discount on train fare ( or DIY Paddington/BZ6 to Slough and Slough to MinM.)
Interesting walk. How much will the train fare be, please?
Now I might do the Walk on Saturday. But I can't Guarantee I will. But is the Return Ticket to Moreton on Marsh there and back?
Hi Marc. Yes, a Moreton in Marsh return is needed. See you Saturday.
Hi, New to the U.K. What is 'Split my ticket' and how much will travelling to this walk by train cost, please? Thank you.
About nine months ago, I took the train to Moreton in Marsh to do an 18 mile walk in the Cotswolds, from Chipping Camden to Winchcombe. I booked six weeks in advance and it was incredibly cheap (something like £6.90 single with my senior rail card). Unfortunately, the cheapest fares go very quickly, and national rail is showing a return ticket at £41.30 (travelling tomorrow). Still, I would very much recommend the Cotswolds. I am going back in mid April to complete the last 39 miles of the Cotswold Way, from Dursley to Bath.
Off peak day return £27.25 with a Network Southeast National Railcard.
Alas: no tartanrug, no Marc R., and no one new to the UK...
But 9 walkers braved the standing room only packed train (full with tourists going to Windsor and Oxford) and the sunny and cold weather, 7 walked the long 28 km version, the other 2 the middle, 24 km, version.
Very pleasant landscape, as usual, even if along the stretches close to Moreton it's basically field boundary after field boundary. Fantastic views though in the middle part and up to the final descent back into Moreton.
1 of the long walkers had met up with a local friend (plus hubby plus two young kids) at lunch in Chipping Campden and we all walked the Dover's Hill loop with them.
The 3 sandwichers and the 2 mid length walkers got back on the 17.45, the other 4 needed headtorches for the last few minutes (the 2/3 moon had helped until then) and decided to have dinner in Moreton, at the commendable Black Bear. Their restaurant area was near empty as the next door bar was showing the Calcutta Cup clash, but the eerie quiet suggested that things weren't quite going to plan for Ingerland, and so it proved. 19.47 train with a bottle of bubbly for the company. Drinks in the Fuller's pub in Paddington Station. A late return home.


Wed, 01-Jun-16 5

A midweek day walk -Moreton-in-Marsh Circular

Moreton-in-Marsh Circular

An early summer jaunt in the picturesque Cotswolds

Book 3* Walk 115

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Length : 20 km or 12 miles

Toughness : 5 out of 10

Getting there : Catch the 10:22 am train from London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh
Calling stations are:
  1. Slough: departs 10:36
  2. Reading: departs 10:52
OK, so the train doesn't stop at Ealing Broadway, so EBers might consider catching the 10:05 am Oxford train changing at Slough to join the Paddingtonians train.
Note that the Bakerloo line doesn't stop at Paddington at the moment, so walkers may find it easier to catch a Central Line tube to Queensway where it takes about 8 minutes to walk to Paddington.

Meeting point : Moreton-in-Marsh Station at 11:56

Brief Description

With Summer apparently upon us and serious mud just a dim and distant memory, this week's mid-weeker sets off to the Cotswolds.
Hopefully, Great Western Railways will perform better than Southern Rail last week.
As ever, you may find full details of the walk here and a Kindle download page here

Suggested Lunch stops

The Churchill Arms, Paxford GL55 6XH T:01386 594000. Nouvelle Cuisine. An early lunchtime stop 7km from the start of the walk.
The Bakers Arms, Broad Campden GL55 6UR. T:01386 840515. More traditional food. 10km from the start of the walk.
The Great Western Arms, Station Road, Blockley, GL56 9DT. T: 01386 700362 for a late lunch stop

Suggested Tea/Supper stops

There are many tea or supper stops in MiM
If I recall correctly, The Spice Room was a recommended Thai/Indian restaurant.
More eating possibilities here

Map

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Return train times

Trains return from Moreton-in-Marsh to Paddington at the following times ...
17:32 (A one and a half hour journey)
18:05 (A two hour journey)
19:26 (A one and a half hour journey)
20:47 (A two hour journey)
21:41 (A two hour journey)
It may be possible to shorten the 2 hour journeys by changing at Oxford or Reading. You may plan your most convenient return journey at http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/
Please could you check if the walk description is complete? I may be missing something but it looks as if it stops at Chipping Campden. I would be reluctant to try it without the full directions.
RSVP! Thank you, Kate H
Hello Kate, I've just looked at the instructions which are a little sparse. I've been able to suss out the return journey from Chipping Campden which looks like it passes through Broad Campden and Blockey then onto MiM.
I'm intending to go on this walk with map and will take the opportunity to expand and complete this walks details.
AD
Thank you for your reply Arthur. If it's not raining as hard as it is today I'll be there. Somehow all my supposedly waterproof clothes don't keep the rain out for long.
I'll aim to get the 1022 from Paddington. Kate H
SORRY BUT THE LACK OF DIRECTIONS PUT ME OFF GOING ESPECIALLY READING THE COMMENTS FROM PREVIOUS WALKERS. ALSO THE WIND AND GLOOMY LIGHT CONDITIONS.
5 on this walk with another appearing at the end of the walk (having been thwarted by a 'signal failure' at Ealing Broadway)
The weather was overcast with a cool northerly breeze but no rain.
Arthur Dent and Stargazer were seen to murmur copious notes into their recording devices (so that those who like written instructions could enjoy this walk in the future)
We passed glorious Cotswold scenery with hawthorn in full blossom and stopped for lunch at "The Churchill" in Paxford.
The afternoon section passed through the scenic villages of Broad Campden and Blockley (with the largest collection of Bulls I've ever seen and also some stunning scenery between the two villages)
Blockey, nestling in a valley is full of yellow Cotswold stone dwellings and probably one of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds.
Then a climb out on the Monarchs/Heart of England Way to Park and Century plantations before a gentle descent through endless meadowland adorned with bountiful buttercups back to MiM. There, four had a drink in the Black Bear Inn before we all caught the 7:26pm back to Paddington.
Some slept on the train while others discussed English literature and sipped wine. A great day out despite the dreary weather.
Superb to have such fun on a deeply grey day. Quite a heave up hill and down Dale in the 4 hours walking between a delicious lunch at Paxford and a cup of tea back in Moreton in Marsh. Great company. Must do more walking! Kate H
Wed, 02-Sep-15 8

Mid week day walk - Moreton-in-Marsh Circular

Moreton-in-Marsh Circular

Last of the Summer Wine in the Cotswolds

Book 3* Walk 115

* Online only

Length : 20 km or 12 miles

Toughness : 5 out of 10

Getting there : Catch the 10:22 am train from London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh
Calling stations are:
  1. Slough: departs 10:36
  2. Reading: departs 10:52
Meeting point : Moreton-in-Marsh Station at 11:56

Brief Description

With the nights rapidly drawing in and the scope for longer, more distant walks receding, I thought this would be a fitting jaunt as summer wanes.
As ever, you may find full details of the walk here and a Kindle download page here

Suggested Lunch stops

The Churchill Arms, Paxford GL55 6XH T:01386 594000. Nouvelle Cuisine. An early lunchtime stop 7km from the start of the walk.
The Bakers Arms, Broad Campden GL55 6UR. T:01386 840515. More traditional food. 10km from the start of the walk.
The Great Western Arms, Station Road, Blockley, GL56 9DT. T: 01386 700362 for a late lunch stop

Suggested Tea/Supper stops

There are many tea or supper stops in MiM
If I recall correctly, The Spice Room was a recommended Thai/Indian restaurant.
More eating possibilities here

Map

OS Explorer OL45

Return train times

Trains return from Moreton-in-Marsh at the following times ...

18:05 (A two hour journey)
19:26 (A one and a half hour journey)
20:47 (A two hour journey)
21:41 (A two hour journey)

It may be possible to shorten the 2 hour journeys by changing at Oxford or Reading - please check.

Would it make more sense to start an hour earlier as it is a long journey and it seems late to start walking close to midday?
No Fi, us regulars are happy with post 10 starts midweek ! price of tickets etc,.
There is a bus from Blockley, if you wish to shorten the walk by 2 miles. I think it goes about 4:16 PM. For those without free bus travel there is the Plusbus option with the train ticket.
Hello! Will this be going ahead tomorrow? I have been thinking of heading up that way. I've followed a few of your walks but never in a group before.

Regards,

Mark
Hi Mark, yes First Great Western willing.
If you're travelling by train, you should find us in the middle of the train. Alternatively we normally do introductions on the station platform which will be Moreton in Marsh just before noon

Thanks Arthur, but I'm going to do one a little closer to home today after all quite the distance to travel with a the large % of rain. Have a joyous time!
8 mostly dry with late showers
delayed outbound train, a fine walk, some slow service at the lunch pub in paxford, with small portions delivered in a very staggered fashion, the vanguard had only 15 mins of rain and time for a bevvie before boarding the (also delayed) 18.05 train.
Sat, 27-Jun-15 15

Saturday Third Walk

Extra Walk 115: Moreton-in-Marsh Circular – A peaceful walk through the Cotswold

Length: 12.3 miles (or just under 15 miles if extended)
Difficulty: 5 out of 10
Train: Take the 9:21 First Great Western Train to Worcester from London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh, arriving at 10:59. Return trains from Moreton-in-Marsh are hourly at 16:41, 17:44, 18:45, 19:45, 20:43 and 21:52. Buy a day return to Moreton-in-Marsh. At long last, FGW has added a Saturday train that leaves at the appropriate time for this walk – this will give people more time to enjoy this gem of a walk and/or explore the extension to Chipping Campden.
This walk makes a peaceful circuit through the Cotswold, passing through the picturesque villages of Paxford, Broad Campden and Blockley, allowing ample opportunity to rehydrate. The countryside in the afternoon is particularly pretty with many delightful vistas across the gentle rolling Cotswold landscape.
There is an option to extend the route by a little over 2.5 miles by adding visits to Ebrington and Chipping Camden. It is also possible to shorten the walk by taking a bus from Chipping Camden (15:45/17:50) (as well as Blockley (16:16 or 18:21)) back to Moreton-in-Marsh (Johnsons (Henley) Route 21/ johnsonscoaches.co.uk/ 01564 797 000). If planning on a bus, it is recommended that you verify the exact time for your desired pick-up point. More information and the instructions for the walk can be found here.
With the earlier train option this year, for those not doing the extension, the logical lunch stop will be The Bakers Arms (01386 840515) in Broad Camden about 6 miles into the walk which serves traditional food until 2:00 PM. For those who take a later train or prefer an early more avant garde lunch, the Churchill Arms in Paxford (01386 593 159) which is 4 miles into the walk is the better choice – it serves somewhat upscale modern British food until 3:00 PM. Also possible, for those doing the extension, is the Ebrington Arms (01386 593 223) in Ebrington (on the extension about 1 mile beyond Paxford) which serves high quality main meals until 2:30 PM and serves snacks and sandwiches all afternoon. Larger groups should call ahead and provide some warning to any of these establishments.

Tea or afternoon drinks can be had at a variety of places in Chipping Campden (if doing the extension) or at the Bakers Arms in Broad Campden (if eating lunch at an earlier pub) or, possibly, the Great Western Arms (01386 700362) in Blockley – though the afternoon opening hours for this pub are presently unconfirmed. There are also many enticing options in Moreton-in-Marsh.

Enjoy the walk!
From Ealing Broadway, take 9:05am train to Slough, arrive at 9:27am, then connect to Moreton in Marsh train at 9:37am (change platform from 4 to 2)
15, hot and sunny
Lovely walk but hot and exhausting. Given the distance option has to be taken before lunch, the group was dispersed to small groups (in several 3 or 4 walkers) early on. I was in the standard distance group, 6 initially stopped at Churchill Arms but the food was very expensive, so 3 decided to march on to The Bakers Arms in Broad Camden. This proved to be a wise choice, lovely pub with traditional food and excellent setting. 4 others who had picnic then joined us. This made a nice group of 7 in the afternoon. We had ice cream and cold drink in Blockley, arrived at Moreton in Marsh at 6:10pm, all went to Tesco to get food and drink for consumption on the train before catching 6:45pm train back to London. A few things to note: in some places, the path was almost non existing, it was particularly bad in parts between Paxford and Blockley. The group battled through overgrown vegetation and a path blocked by a cow mother feeding her baby. With the encouragement of her sister, they refused to move from the path. Thanks to one walker who kept us calm and eventually moved cows. One suggestion for the next outing for this walk is to do the walk in reverse, have lunch at Broad Camden. This way the group could stay together in the morning and distance option only needs to be taken in the afternoon. It would be nice to hear from other walkers who did the longer version.
Saturday 27 June: there were five of us who did the longer option, which passed through lovely scenery with pleasant views. It seemed to add more than 2.8 miles to the walk, but that may have been the heat. Speaking personally I would have been quite happy to get the train from Chipping Camden if there had been one, but fortified by various sugary refreshments we finished the lovely afternoon, ending at Moreton at 8.15pm and just about managing to get our dins in the lovely Indian restaurant there in time for the 9.52pm train.

The Ebrington Arms was a nice play for lunch. It was fully booked, though mysteriously empty, inside. Perhaps many of the bookers had decamped to the garden, where tables are not reserved. The food, as seems universal in this area, was pitching itself at the smart set, but portions were not tiny (though nor were prices). For peasants such as myself they did offer bar specials, however, including a very reasonably priced burger that would have sunk the Titanic. Those who know me know I have a bit appetite but what with buns, onion rings, fries, about a centimetre or cheese and half a cow's worth of burger, this one kept me full for the rest of the day.

What was said about route finding for the main walk, I would reiterate. There are no directions for the extension and in places there was much head scratching about where the exit from the field we were in might be. Some public spirited person might write up proper directions for this popular walk.

Inicdentally, hot and sunny with fair weather cloud, or to put it another way a perfect Summer day (you have to put hyphens or dashes between all the weather words in order for them to be highlighted, Anonymous). This was a very well chosen walk for the conditions and time of year, so thanks to Stargazer for that.
PS: the main walkers made an impression on The Bakers Arms in Broad Camden. When we longer walkers put our nose round the door to see if anyone was still there, the landlady said "Are you looking for the Saturday Walkers?"

Re Walkers comment below: er.... that was probably me! After I departed from you at Chipping Camden I stopped off at the Bakers Arms for a pot of tea and as I was I think the only person there I talked to the Landlady a keen walker along with her mother about the club and suggested she check out the web site. Lovely pub and I think the idea of doing the regular walk in reverse so this pub becomes the default lunch option a good one. (perhaps later in the summer?)

I got back to MiM at 6.20pm just in time to say farewell to about 6 of the group who had stocked up on supplies from a supermarket and were off to catch the 6.45pm. I stopped off in the Bell which has been nicely refurbished
and had a light tea and drink before catching the 7.45pm train.

A lovely walk on a day which was more humid and tiring than I expected (or is that just age)!
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