Broadway Tower

Broadway and its highest tower castle in the Cotswolds is ideally located for exploring this hilly region of the English countryside and a part of 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 : 10/01/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h35[?]
Distance Distance : 6.8km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 221m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 221m
Highest point Highest point : 312m
Lowest point Lowest point : 91m
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. Carry on straight ahead.

After the second kissing gate, follow the path that runs slightly right until you reach Snowshill road where you go left. Continue a little way on this road past Lybrook Farm and the church.

(2) Opposite the church, take the path that goes through a gateway to the left.
This path is a 'public footpath' leading to 'Broadway Tower'. When you start it, you will have the Broadway Cricket club on your right.
First, follow the gentle slope that then becomes steeper until you reach a crossroads in the countryside.

(3) At the junction, 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 left at the junction and continue to climb past a beautiful local stone farm.

(5) Carry on straight and do not miss the kissing gate on the left which gives access to a path running due north in the meadows towards the Broadway Tower hostel. Keep Morris & Brownie Cafe on your right and just before reaching Buckle Street, Turn left toward the tower.

(6) When you are at the tower, take the path that descends sharp left (North-West) of the tower. (The whole area has now been developed and the tower itself is enclosed with a fence. So be careful to take the good Costwold Way towards Broadway).
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.

When you finally arrive back in the High Street, if you have any energy left, I would heartily recommend that you turn right and explore the lesser-known part of the village before finally heading back into the centre. (D:A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 91m - The Green
1 : km 0.36 - alt. 99m - Broadway Museum
2 : km 1.7 - alt. 107m - Broadway Court
3 : km 2.68 - alt. 204m - Path turns to the right
4 : km 3.13 - alt. 238m - Paths cross
5 : km 3.69 - alt. 298m - Road divides in two after Rookery Farm
6 : km 4.16 - alt. 311m - Broadway Tower
D/A : km 6.8 - alt. 91m - The Green

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 : 3
Description quality : 3.67/5
Routemap quality : 4.33/5
Walk interest : 5/5


Admin hiker
on Mon 10 Jan 2022 15:10:47 CET

Hi there!

Thank you for this feedback!
I modified some parts of the description following what you explained. Do not hesitate to share some more details as the tracks and landscapes evolve with time.

Enjoy your hikes

Delphine - Community Developer


Walker
on Mon 10 Jan 2022 11:14:22 CET

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 26/12/21
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

I discovered that this route is not exclusive to Visorando but actually an official Cotswold Way Circular Walk and, as such, waymarked. Fortunately I had both route descriptions as the Visorando one is not a patch on the official National Trail publication with the exception that Visorando has a proper OS map rather than a diagrammatic map. Visorando also keeps referring to a "portico" when there are no buildings nearby. I think they possibly mean kissing gate rather than a variety of porch.

We completed the route on Boxing Day 2021 and the first section across the fields to Snowshill Road was very wet and boggy (as mentioned in the instructions). However the climb up Coneygreen Lane is gravel and much better albeit that's where it climbs relentlessly. The views are stunning as you gain height; even better on a clear day. Neither route description is of much help once you reach the top as the whole area has now been developed and the tower itself enclosed with a fence. Although there was free access on the day we went, it may be that you will need to detour around it. As a result of the fencing, we ended up missing our turning and continued along the Cotswold Way towards Chipping Camden instead of turning left towards Broadway.

We were later told that the official route down steps was really slippery and best avoided in wet weather, so possibly a lucky escape. Our revised route took us across Fish Hill then following the pedestrian path downhill and finally crossing back over to meet a remnant of the old A44 which, before the bypass, would have taken all the road traffic through the village. It's now signposted as a cycle route. Although this added over a mile to the route, the now truncated High Street section is delightful, very quiet and has some of the most picturesque Cotswold stone buildings around. The crowds of tourists that throng this lovely village rarely venture along this stretch which is residential and has no shops.

All in all, this is a great walk but be prepared for mud in the first section during the winter months and a long slog to the top. Take care at the top. The path you want is sharp left alongside a drystone wall and NOT through a kissing gate (waymarked Cotswold way) ahead into a field. When you finally arrive back in the High Street, if you have any energy left, I would heartily recommend that you turn right and explore the lesser known part of the village before finally heading back into the centre.


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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