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Report 2039: Ten Days in Great Britain: London and the Cotswolds

By teaberry from USA, Fall 2012

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Page 5 of 11: Hike from Chipping Campden to Broadway Tower, and Back

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Broadway Tower

Thursday: we woke up to a sunny, cloudless day – joy! Walked around and explored our cozy hometown, with some buildings dating back to the 14th century. The smell of burning hearths, the cool fall temperatures in the air, milk in bottles delivered at doorsteps – this was our little slice of heaven for the week.

We decided to take a hike – there are innumerable footpaths throughout the region, including the famous Cotswold Way (which actually starts in Chipping Campden) that crisscross all over the Cotswolds. We followed a trail to Dover’s Hill, just above our town, that afforded us beautiful and expansive views to the west. From there, we hiked onward to Broadway Tower, which was built in the late 1700s. From the top of the tower, you can see as far as 60 miles away - just breathtaking. Unfortunately, on the horizon, we could very clearly see what looked like a decent sized storm approaching, so we decided to take our leave and the return hike home. We got caught in the storm anyway, about half-way back. After finding the shelter of a generously-leafed tree, we waited out the rain, about a half hour’s worth, and soggily hiked back to our cottage under sunny skies.

We enjoyed dinner that night at the Fleece Inn, a 16th century pub, in the nearby town of Bretforton.

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