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…