If you imagine the Cotswolds with quaint stone buildings, beautifully kept gardens, and cobbled alleyways with tiny boutiques and tea rooms, then you are basically imagining Broadway. This fine example of a Cotswold village has renowned hotels, fantastic shops to browse, some great places to eat and drink, and many places to visit and things to see to keep you occupied.
The area and surrounding countryside are stunningly beautiful and we’ve chosen five walks below that we think you’ll love.
1. Broadway Tower
If you do visit it would be a shame not to do this Broadway walk. You can either trek from the village of Broadway up to Broadway Tower which is sat at the top of Broadway Hill if you fancy getting the heart pounding, or you can drive up to the tower and walk around the grounds. Either way, you’ll get to see the sensational views from this point which is the second highest in the Cotswolds. This walk up to the tower is a moderately difficult route that takes around about 2.5-3 hours round trip. The climb will use up some of your energy supplies but the views out across the Seven Valley and into Wales are well worth the effort you’ll put in.
2. Broadway to Chipping Campden
This is a one-and-a-half-hour walk that follows the Cotswold Way past Broadway Tower and Dovers Hill. This route uses well-maintained waymarked footpaths and meanders through beautiful Gloucestershire and Warwickshire countryside. The walk starts by heading up Dover’s Hill to throw you straight in with a climb but this is the hardest part of the walk so don’t worry, it is manageable for most people.
3. Broadway to Winchcombe along the Cotswold Way
This beautiful Broadway walk takes around 2 hours 45 to complete and takes in the gorgeous Cotswold villages of Stanton, Stanway, and Wood Stanway. This is a popular route due to its wonderful scenery and you will be sure to see other hikers along the way. The walk is well signposted with fingerposts and yellow markers throughout. Bear in mind this is a linear walk so you’ll need to think about transport either at the start or end of the walk.
4. Broadway to Snowshill
If you fancy a short walk that is still as beautiful then this is the one for you. This Broadway walk takes just over an hour one way with magnificent views of Broadway Tower along the way and takes you onto Snowshill. Snowshill is a small, picturesque Cotswold village that sits on top of the escarpment above the villages of Broadway, Buckland, and Laverton. This secluded village has ancient pretty cottages and a 19th-century church. The route is of medium difficulty since it does climb so you’ll need to use those leg muscles.
5. Wychavon Way
If you’re game for a longer Broadway walk then the Wychavon Way is a fabulous route. This 40-mile walk begins at Droitwich and finishes at the historic town of Broadway. You can do this route in either three or four days depending on your time frame and how much you want to explore the area. Both routes will take you through meadows, woodland, orchards, and riverside pastures This historical trail through the heart of England has spectacular panoramic views throughout, particularly from Bredon Hill and Parson’s Folly. During the spring months, the Vale of Evesham is filled with blossom and in the summer and autumn months, fruit is available for picking and eating along the way. These Broadway walks are just a few of the many routes you’ll find in this glorious part of the Cotswolds. If you love walking, beautiful English scenery, friendly and welcoming people, and cozy country pubs then you’ll love Broadway and its surrounding areas.