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Broadway Tower Walk, Cotswolds

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Walk Details
Broadway Tower, standing tall on Broadway Hill is the second highest point of the Cotswolds. It’s said that if you climb to the top of the tower, on a (very) clear day, you can see 12 counties! The tower itself was built in 1799 by the Earl of Coventry as a gift for his wife.

Our walk today starts from the car park on Leamington Road. We turn left and then left again on to Colletts Field and carry on until we get to Dove Cottage – turning right along a surfaced footpath to the High Street.

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Here we turn left and walk alongside the roadside footpath. We keep walking along the main road, rising steadily for around 100 yards. We turn left over a stile and then through a tunnel under the bypass to a stile/gate. Continuing straight on a broad track, following the “Chipping Campden” waymark.

At the top corner of the woodland we turn right at the waymark post. Rather than going further right into the woodland, we’re taking a broad track that rises to the side of it, with brambles on our left. Passing another waymark we carry on along the left side of the meadow. We will need to bear right to cross the next meadow to a waymarked stile and on to a surfaced road.

This road, to the left, goes up to the Cotswold Conference Centre. We’re not going there – we’re headed straight across (sign posted to Fish Hill Picnic Area). The path rises sharply here into a woodland. This is a woodland rich with bluebells in the spring. After passing a couple of waymarks, we turn left down a ramp (that has a handrail and a few steps). We turn right at a junction and join a bigger path, turning left to rise steeply up a few steps to the main road and joining the Cotswold Way.

Opposite you’ll see an inviting signposted track which we’re going to take – this is the continuation of the Cotswold Way. Continuing on, through a kissing gate, we leave the woodland to rise across a meadow as the Broadway Tower comes into view. We keep following this path, through another kissing gate as the path starts to narrow, rising to the left towards the tower. Go through the gate, and then a second gate to reach the tower. If you’re in need of refreshment, the Tower Cafe is the perfect place to pause. Even if you don’t climb the tower – the views from here are impressive!

When you’re ready, we go back through the tall gate and turn left along the Cotswold Way. We cross a waymarked stile and keep to the right of the meadow. It’s a steady descent from here with stiles to cross along the way. There’s a sign that points the way back to Broadway, through a meadow and a kissing gate. Keep right with the Cotswold Way, crossing a stream and then heading towards the village. Head back along the High Street and back towards the car park where we began.

trainNearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Evesham, Cheltenham Spa

Local Information

Read the Countryside Code before venturing out
Make sure to take a map and compass, and know how to use them before going into our National Parks #BeAdventureSmart

Tips for New Walkers: click here to download (PDF).

Remember to prepare properly before heading out on any type of walk or outdoor activity. Tell people where you are going and what time you are expected back. As Wainwright says "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing".