Broadway Tower

Broadway and its highest tower castle in the Cotswolds is ideally situated for exploring this hilly region of the English countryside and the Cotswold Way (National Trail 164km running north-to-south).
In good weather, the top of Broadway Tower offers a 360° view, especially of the Welsh landscape to the west.

Technical sheet
No. 4098309
A Broadway walk posted on 22/11/19 by jacques.nys. Update : 16/01/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h35[?]
Distance Distance : 4.22mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 725ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 725ft
Highest point Highest point : 1024ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 299ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Cotswolds
Location Location : Broadway
Starting point Starting point : N 52.036° / W 1.86293°
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Description

(D/A) From ‘The Green' at the centre of Broadway, head east on High Street (shops, restaurants, hotels, tea rooms...)

(1) Just after the tiny Millennium Garden and before the Broadway Museum, take the path on the right which quickly leads to a playground and opens into a grassy path over the countryside.
After the second portico, follow the path that runs slightly right until you reach a road.
Continue a little way past the church.

(2) Take the path that goes through a gateway to the left.
This path is a 'public footpath' leading to 'Broadway Tower'.
First, follow the gentle slope that then becomes steeper until you reach a crossroads in the countryside.

(3) Take the path on the right.
Pass a building and admire the hamlet of Dor Knap on the right as well as the valley and the hills beyond.

(4) Turn right at the crossroads and continue to climb past a beautiful local stone farm.

(5) Do not miss the portico on the left which gives access to a path running due north in the meadows towards the Broadway Tower hostel.

(6) Take the path that descends to the left after the tower.
This is a section of the Cotswold Way which leads straight back to Broadway - High Street where you have to take a left again to reach the starting point (D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 299ft
1 : mi 0.22 - alt. 325ft - Broadway Museum
2 : mi 1.05 - alt. 351ft - Broadway Court
3 : mi 1.66 - alt. 669ft - Path turns to the right
4 : mi 1.95 - alt. 781ft - Paths cross
5 : mi 2.29 - alt. 978ft - Road divides in two after Rookery Farm
6 : mi 2.58 - alt. 1020ft - Broadway Tower
D/A : mi 4.22 - alt. 299ft

Useful Information

Make sure to wear the correct footwear because this region has particularly heavy precipitation and the meadows and sheep pastures are often marshy.
Two rest and picnic areas on the route: one just at the start with a children's playground, just after leaving the built up area and the other when approaching Broadway Tower, near the hostel and parking (extra charge).
3 car parks (pay to use): 1 short stay - max 4h and 2 long stay - max 10h) on Broadway.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

- Broadway, its shops, its museum
- Broadway Tower, its Morris hall, its souvenir shop and the panorama, in good weather, from the summit - over 13 English counties and Wales.

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.33/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 5/5


Walker
on Mon 05 Jul 2021 12:54:07 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 02/07/21
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Started from Broadway Tower instead of Broadway town and took a shorter route back up that went through fields with livestock. Would have been better sticking to the route!


Walker
on Mon 21 Jun 2021 21:39:26 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 05/06/21
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Although I was able to complete the walk with not too much difficulty there were a couple of issues that we had regarding directions. After passing through the first village and heading towards the church the directions were not very clear, and instead of taking a direction 45 degrees to the left of the cemetery from the rear of the first church and walking in a line directly towards the second church, it appeared we were signposted to follow the path in a direct line ahead parallel to the cemetery which led us uphill and left of the church by approximately 200 yards.

Secondly, after reaching the viewing point the directions were not very clear walking towards Chipping Camden and we walked too far across the crest by a couple of hundred yards, which led us down to a farm. We then had to turn right towards the road before finding the path into Chipping Camden itself. From the viewing point it is advisable to keep your back to the main road and follow an angle of about 45 degrees right and look for a path which hopefully should take you to the road atop of the path to Chipping Camden.

The direction from Chipping Camden was well signposted out of the village. One minor issue is after leaving the village, walking up the road and taking the footpath on the left up the hill. Once at the top of the hill turn left and follow the path by the road. After about 200 yards there will be a small wooded area ahead. If you walk round to the left of the trees turn right keeping close to the trees themselves then walk straight ahead as if following near to the road on your right. Do not follow the path to your left as this will take you downhill. You need to stay ahead in a straight line and the path is very well marked along a wide track which will eventually take you over a field, a road and another field before meeting the top of fish hill. At fish hill bear right for about 50-75 yards and cross the road from there. This will take you through a small wooded area with the Broadway Tower ahead of you as you leave the trees. From the tower it is a steep walk downhill back to Broadway.

Really enjoyable walk and hope to do it again with friends soon. Chipping Camden is a real treat and there are some lovely tea shops there. We took about 6 hours to complete the walk with lunch and a view of the shops in the village.

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