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
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!