THE WALK

Cotswold Life - - COTSWOLD WAYS -

1. From Dover’s Hill car park go through gate and walk a short dis­tance north across hill­side to view­point, notic­ing the small ‘crom­lech’ on your left, clearly raised by Ne­olithic gnomes. Savour the mag­nif­i­cent views to­wards the Malvern Hills, un­less it hap­pens to be chuck­ing it down!

2. From the view­point (with its to­po­graph) you have the choice of the Lynch Wood loop if it is open and you’re feel­ing in­trepid; or, if you’re feel­ing less ad­ven­tur­ous, sim­ply fol­low the Cotswold Way acorns along the es­carp­ment to the right.

3. As you cross Dover’s Hill im­press your fel­low walk­ers by in­form­ing them that it is the site of the Cotswold Olimpicks, started by lo­cal lawyer, Cap­tain Robert Dover, in circa 1612. Prob­a­bly not the time to try the ‘sport’ of shin-kick­ing if you want to main­tain fa­mil­ial re­la­tions!

4. Fol­low this NE past the trig point and bench, then turn right to­wards gate in cor­ner of field.

5. Fol­low the nar­row foot­path past a tri­an­gu­lar field (pop­u­lar with graz­ing sheep) down to­wards Chip­ping Cam­p­den.

6. At the road turn left, cross the road care­fully, and con­tinue on Cotswold Way down hill, past farm on your right.

7. The foot­path even­tu­ally be­comes Hoo Lane. Fol­low this down past some lovely houses. Half way down on your right keep a look­out for the blue plaque mark­ing the for­mer home of Gra­ham Greene, ‘Lit­tle Or­chard’, with its thatched roof.

8. Con­tinue down Hoo Lane, fol­low­ing it as it bends to the right and down to the Catholic Church of St Cather­ine’s. Time for con­fes­sion, or a pint in the Vol­un­teer op­po­site (or per­haps both, if you want to nurse your guilt and purge it in true Greene style).

9. Turn left and walk along the High Street, ex­plor­ing the many de­lights of Chip­ping Cam­p­den with its fine shops, cafés, pubs, restaurants, let­ter press, in­door mar­ket and more! Things to look out for: plaques to plant-hunter, Ernest H. Wil­son and artist/ de­signer F.L. Griggs; the 1690 sun­dial; fab­u­lous gar­goyles; the wa­ter pump; the el­e­gant 1929 war memo­rial; and the start/end point of the Cotswold Way.

10. Time for a spot of lunch – fol­low your noses; take your pick (of eater­ies, not nos­trils!) – be­fore head­ing back up Hoo Lane to the car park, enough of a hike to burn off that pud­ding, if not the main course…

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