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Saturday, 23 November 2019

Saturday Walk - Bright Lights of Broadway (Moreton-in-Marsh to Broadway)

SWC 115:  Moreton-in-Marsh to Broadway via Blockley, Chipping Campden and Dover’s Hill (partially in reverse and partially map-led) T=SWC.115

Distance:  14 miles or 22.5 km for those more metrically minded (a shorter circular route of 12.4 miles/20km) back to Moreton-in-Marsh possible)

Difficulty: 6 out of 10 for Broadway route and 4 out of 10 for shorter circular route

Train:  Take the 9:22 AM* Great Western Worecester train from London Paddington, arriving at Moreton-in-Marsh at 10:59 AM.  Return trains from Moreton-in-Marsh are at 18:48; 19:48; 20:48 and 21:57. Buy a day return to Moreton-in-Marsh. The return trip will require a bus from Broadway (Bus No. 1 from in front of the Lygon Arms at 17:53) to Moreton-in-Marsh to connect with a train back to London.

*After careful consideration of the route, I am confident that walking at a modest pace should allow enough time to arrive in Broadway by 17:30 – faster walkers probably by 17:00….However, please keep track of the time and be on the road from Chipping Campden by 15:00!  For those wanting a more relaxed outing, more time in Broadway at the end or more light on the route down from Broadway Tower, you may want to consider taking the 8:22 train….

About this time last year, I posted this route to Broadway as an optional experiment….which we did and which worked out well…..really perfect for this time of year with a cheery ending in Broadway, twinkling with simple white lights through the village. For a twist this year, I am recommending starting off on the SWC 115 route (in reverse) via Blockley (which is the most scenic part of this route) then switch into the normal instructions at Broad Campden up to Chipping Camden for lunch and then on to Dover’s Hill.  From Dover’s Hill, we will follow the well-marked Cotswold Way to Broadway Tower and down to Broadway Village. 

More information on the walk and a route map can be found here. Please note that the ending to Broadway is map-led – essentially following the well-marked Cotswold Way from Dover’s Hill for 4.5 miles to Broadway Tower (and 1.5 miles 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 circular walk, the Bakers Arms in Broad Campden is the recommended point of call.

Tea or stronger stuff can be had at various locations in Broadway or back in Moreton-in-Marsh.

Enjoy the walk!


PeteG said...

You can get cheap Advance tickets to Oxford on this train. It might be worth doing that combined with a day return Oxford to Moreton-on-Marsh.

Walker said...

There are also buses from Chipping Camden to Moreton-in-Marsh at 16.20 and 17.35 if you fancy exploring this attractive town after lunch

Stargazer said...

Good point! In fact, you could do the loop up to Dover's Hill in the instructions which comes back to Chipping Campden...this would make for a 10 mile walk....

Stargazer said...

n=8 (including one first timer) emerged in w=atmospheric-mist-and-fog on the platform at Moreton-in-Marsh (or more aptly yesterday -- Moreton-in-Mud) for this experimental routing...Despite the mist and fog, we were spared any serious precipitation while slipping and sliding through the pretty countryside and charming villages....Some made a brief visit to the impressive church (with medieval robes) in Chipping Campden before a tasty lunch in the Eight Bells....Leaving a bit later than planned, seven then carried on from Dover's Hill to Broadway Tower in the thickening fog....we arrived at the hulking tower in the dark...and made our way down the hill into the twinkling lights of Broadway...arriving just after 17:30...time for a brief stroll through the village before catching the 17:53 bus on which we met back-up with our 8th walker who had enjoyed a nice tea in Chipping Campden after taking-in the [views] from Dover's Hill….After gathering suitable supplies, we caught the 18:48 back to London.....A delightful day out in lovely countryside...notwithstanding the less than ideal weather conditions....