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!