For this walk we used: AA Pub Walks & Cycle Rides – The Cotswolds (Published 2005) Walk: 28: From Chipping Campden to Dover’s Hill. Distance: 4.75 miles
This walk begins at the old market place on Chipping Campden High Street. The Medieval market hall is an incredible building. With its uneven cobbled floor and timber roof, you are instantly transported back in time.
We parked the car at “Back Ends” lane, which is recommended for walkers, as parking on the High Street is limited to 2 hours. This is also the start of the Cotswold Way, so while we were here we got the first stamp on our completion cards from the tourist office. We begin walking this National Trail (102 miles) on 31st August 2015, but we will be starting early and the office doesn’t open until 9.30am.
It was a short steep climb to the top of Dover’s Hill, and we stopped once or twice to admire the stunning view behind us. The clouds rolled in and as we descended the other side of the hill the rain began to fall. We hastily put on our waterproof over-trousers. I don’t like wearing them as I get too hot, but the clouds were looking very dark.
The route had been altered slightly through the fields, but it did eventually lead to the correct gate. We crossed a stream and entered a cow field. The cows were curious about us, so we made our way to the edge to give them a wide berth. It was a relief when we crossed the far stile into the woodland. A muddy track climbed up through the trees alongside a bubbling forest stream. It was steep and slippery, but really beautiful.
1/3 of a mile along a busy road, and we were back in the fields near Chipping Campden. At this point the rain was torrential, we might as well have been standing in a power shower. We were so drenched it was hilarious. We laughed as a second lorry sent spray from the road all over us. We sheltered under some trees for a while before making a final dash back to the car. It might not have been so funny if we were camping that night. Luckily, we were able to go home to a warm house and a roast chicken dinner!
Our rating: 4/5