THE COTSWOLD WAY #PROJECT - ENGLAND - VIDEO #1 - 1st SECTION WALKING FROM CHIPPING CAMPDEN TO BROADWAY THROUGH THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE IN ENGLAND

Starting Point at Chipping Campden Market
As announced last week, we start today our walking adventure from Chipping Campden to Bath (click here to read about The Cotswold Way long trail and our project).

The first section of the walk starts in Chipping Campden and ends in Broadway, 4,5 miles away.

Chipping Campden is one of the most beautiful villages along the Cotswold Way and it is also the start of the walk, 102 miles long, to Bath, the end of the walk.

I love the golden lime stones of Chipping Campden beautiful houses shining in the sun. I love the High Street where the golden houses are siding the medieval market building, certainly the most iconic monument of the village. Ogive arches support a dark wooden roof under which from centuries the town market was housed.

If you are in Chipping Campden in a Sunday morning you will see cow's skins on sell under the roof of this building as centuries ago, making the market alive again.

At both ends of the High Street in Chipping Campden there are two beautiful churches. At one side, in front of the old pub, the Volunteer Inn, there is St Catherine's Church, at the other end St James stands with its imposing tower and its green graveyard.

Chipping Campden 

The elegant gate of Campden House awaits the walker next to the church and behind its bars, it is what remains of the old house, its silhouette imposingly stands against the pink sky in a spring sunset.

The walk from Chipping Campden to Broadway is short and enjoyable. Above the elegant village of Broadway, along the way, its Broadway Tower, a beautiful 19 century building with the appearance of a medieval fortress. In reality, a folly of the Earl of Coventry in honour of its wife and a fantastic viewpoint all over the valley.

The golden cottages in Broadway

From the tower the path descends to Broadway. The elegant town welcomes the vistor with its large green, although I believe the best of Broadway is along the main road where beautiful golden cottages are shining in the sun, their gardens in bloom, yellow and violet flowers decorating their purple windows.


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                                                         FROM CHIPPING CAMPDEN TO BROADWAY 
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Walking Distance: 4,5 miles
Difficulty: Easy
My advice: Arrive in the early afternoon of the day before and visit Chipping Campden, although very little has a lot to be seen and a great atmosphere. In the morning start walking to Broadway, allowing plenty of time to stop at Broadway Tower and enjoy a nice lunch at the restaurant there. Arrive in Broadway in the early afternoon and spend time there wandering in the many antiquities shops. Enjoy a nice dinner and a rest.

Enjoy our video above and read more about the Cotswold Way Trail on our dedicated page "The Cotswold Way Project" with maps, description and history of the trail.

Read the following sections already  published: