Broadway is the perfect base for a walking holiday in the Cotswolds. On the borders between Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, we’re surrounded by postcard-perfect English countryside dotted with picturesque villages.
The Cotswold Way and Wychavon Way both pass through the village, so there are plenty of walks from Broadway that start on our doorstep. Here are a few of our favourite walks around Broadway and its beautiful countryside.
Walks around Broadway Tower
Broadway Tower is an elegant landmark set on a hilltop in a sweeping Capability Brown landscape. Red deer graze the gently wooded parkland, and there are simply incredible views across the Cotswolds and Severn Valley. The Tower and park were created for the sixth Earl of Coventry in the late 18th century, and the tower itself is a spectacular faux-medieval folly designed by James Wyatt. Today it houses exhibitions, and visitors are delighted to find that there’s also a tea room on site.
You can take a circular walk to Broadway Tower from the village of Broadway, starting and ending at the War Memorial at the bottom of the High Street. The four-mile walk is steep in places – but you will be rewarded with some of the best views in the Cotswolds. The National Trails website has a handy guide to the Broadway Tower walk.
The 50-acre Broadway Tower country park is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. If you simply fancy a short walk, take the circular route around Broadway Tower. There’s a mile walk that starts at the Tower’s car park and leads you through the deer park.
Walk from Broadway to Snowshill
Snowshill is a remote little village in the hills above Broadway, Buckland and Laverton. It’s a typically pretty Cotswold village with honey-hued cottages and an old parish church, and is best-known for National Trust-owned Snowshill Manor and gardens (please check their website for opening times).
You can walk from Broadway to Snowshill in about an hour. It’s quite a climb, but again, the views are spectacular. Alternatively, you can park at Snowshill Manor car park, and take the National Trust-recommended, 3.5-mile circular walk. This walk takes you through fields and ancient woodlands, with stunning views across the Cotswolds into Wales (please note: it is steep in sections, and can get a bit muddy in wet weather). Print off the National Trust map and directions.
The Cotswold Way from Broadway to Chipping Campden
At just over 100 miles, nobody expects you to tackle the entire Cotswold Way during your holiday! The famous walking trail leads from Chipping Campden to Bath, running along the Cotswold Escarpment, taking you through some of England’s most beautiful countryside.
There’s a choice of Cotswold Way walks near Broadway, and one of our favourites leads to the lovely, little market town of Chipping Campden. This six-mile stretch of the Way has sweeping views across the Vale of Evesham, and from the top of Dover’s Hill, you can see the Black Mountains of Wales on a clear day.
If you want to turn it into an 11-mile circular walk, you can head back along a different route across fields and bridleways. Alternatively, you can catch a bus back from Chipping Campden, which takes about 20 minutes.
The Village of Broadway to Winchcombe
This is a lovely 12-mile walk from Broadway to the bustling town on Winchcombe. The undulating stretch of the Cotswold Way has many highlights, passing through the pretty Cotswold villages of Stanton, Stanway and Wood Stanway. You’ll take in the ruins of Hailes Abbey, a Neolithic burial site and of course, those gorgeous bucolic views.
This is a linear rather a circular walk, and we’d recommend catching the bus back to Broadway (it takes around 50 minutes). It’s also worth taking time to explore Winchcombe itself. Known as the Cotswold’s capital for walkers, this welcoming town is home to Sudeley Castle and a whole host of independent boutiques, cosy inns and tea rooms.
Wychavon Way Walks from Broadway
For a shorter linear walk, pick up the Wychavon Way to Ashton Under Hill. The walking trail was created in 1977 for the Queen’s Jubilee, and re-routed in 2012. Broadway marks the end (or beginning) of the 40-mile trail.
The 7.5 mile stretch to Ashton passes through rolling countryside, leading you through amber stone wall fields. We’d suggest arranging a lift taxi back to the Broadway Hotel after your walk. Alternatively, carry on to Great Comberton for a heartier 13.5-mile Wychavon Way walk.
Wherever you wander, the Broadway Hotel and self-catering cottages make an excellent base for your walks. Take off those boots, run yourself a bath, and look forward to a well-earned, post-walk meal in our restaurant…