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  • Start: High Street
  • End: High Street
  • Country: England
  • County: Gloucestershire
  • Type: Country
  • Nearest pub: Numerous cafes/pubs in Broadway. Café at Broadway Tower Country Park.
  • Ordnance Survey: Explorer sheet OL45
  • Difficulty: Medium

Description

This is the second in a series of short, circular walks designed to introduce you to the Cotswold Way in bite-sized chunks and to give a taste of all the Cotswolds have to offer as the year moves on. Each of the eleven routes are led by the strict...



Distance: 4 miles


Duration: 2-3 hrs (Without stops)


Difficulty: Moderate, some steep sections and stiles


Public transport: No. 606 bus from Cheltenham (See Cotswold Way public transport leaflet, or call Traveline on 0871 200 2233)


OS reference: Start/Finish at SP096375: Explorer sheet OL45


Refreshments: Numerous cafes/pubs in Broadway. Caf at Broadway Tower Country Park.




1. Start at the war memorial at the bottom of the grass-fringed High Street and walk eastwards up past the red phone boxes. Continue on past the shops until you reach a sign pointing right, 'Old Church 1 Mile'.




2. Follow this path between the avenue of trees with the playground on your left, and pass through the kissing gate at the end. Continue straight across the field, through the kissing gate at the other side, over a small footbridge and through another gate into a 'ridge and furrow' field. Be wary of muddy areas near these gates after wet weather. Continue to follow the direction arrows through two more kissing gates and fields until you reach the road. Watching for traffic, turn left and continue up Snowshill Road until you reach St Eadburgha's Church, parts of which date back to the 11th Century.




3. Turn left just after the church, through the gateway into Coneygree Lane, named after the medieval 'free' rabbit warren granted here by King Henry III in 1251. Follow the track up hill for just over half a mile.




4. At the top of the track, turn right and continue on over the stile, following the path through the field to the house at the top. Follow the track to the right of the house until you reach two field gates.




5. Pass through the gate to your left, and continue on up the track until you reach the large house at Rookery Farm. Keeping the farm buildings on your left, continue straight on up the metalled track until you reach the brow of the hill. Turn left into the entrance to Broadway Tower Country Park and continue through the car park past the Rookery Barn Cafe. Pass through the tall kissing gate at the far side, and head on up towards the tower.




6. You are now at the second highest point in the Cotswolds with its beautiful landscape laid out beneath you, so take a few minutes to soak in the breathtaking views over fields, hills and hedgerows as far as South Wales in the distance. A climb up the tower, a folly built in 1798 for Lady Coventry, is well worth the extra 55 feet - on a clear day, you can see 13 counties from the top! To continue the walk, pass through a second high kissing gate beyond the tower onto the Cotswold Way and turn left down towards a stile. Follow the Cotswold Way signs down the hill for a mile, keeping the wonderful dry-stone wall on your right, and passing over several stone stiles and down one flight of steps. Towards the bottom, the path levels out; continue to follow the signs through two metal kissing gates and over a stream, heading for the houses at the far side of the last field. Pass through two more gates and follow the alley towards the road.




7. Turn left and continue down the High Street, back towards the memorial at the start. Broadway, the 'Jewel of the Cotswolds', is the perfect place to seek out a pub or caf to rest tired feet and to plan your next walk on the Cotswold Way.





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