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Stage 7: Chipping Campden to Bourton-on-the-Water — Heart of England Way

Stage 7: Chipping Campden to Bourton-on-the-Water — Heart of England Way

Difficult
07:03
16.2 mi
2.3 mph
1,100 ft
1,125 ft
Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
5.63 mi
© OSM

Batsford Arboretum

Hiking Highlight

14.7 mi
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Lower Slaughter

Hiking Highlight

16.0 mi
16.2 mi
Destination

Map

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Hiking Path: 0.69 mi
Path: 1.78 mi
Footpath: 8.76 mi
Street: 1.80 mi
Road: 2.96 mi
State Road: 429 yd

Surfaces

Natural: 0.53 mi
Unpaved: 2.95 mi
Paved: 2.96 mi
Asphalt: 1.09 mi
Unknown: 8.70 mi

Weather Forecast

Dan Hobson planned a hike.

December 14, 2020

Comments

  • Dan Hobson

    Ancient hedgerows, wildflower meadows, postcard villages and picturesque countryside combine on the finale, which concludes in the heart of the Cotswolds.

    You start along the lane to Broad Campden, rise to Campden Hill Farm, and then descend into Blockley. You then make a sharp ascent through farmland before descending past Batsford Arboretum, an oasis on the Cotswold scarp with more than 2,900 trees.

    The trail snakes south through meadows and pockets of woodland through Bourton-on-the-Hill, the Sezincote Estate, Longborough, Upper Sewell and Lower Sewell. All these villages have stunning medieval architecture to admire.

    You then hike southwest to Lower Slaughter, a photogenic village on the River Eye with a 19th-century watermill. It is then a short-step to Bourton-on-the-Water, where this stage and the Heart of England Way finishes. Before you finish, though, it is worth checking out Greystones Farm Nature Reserve, a place of rare species and ancient hedgerows that has been farmed since the Neolithic era.

    Straddling the River Windrush, Bourton is a beautiful village that’s known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’. Here, you find an excellent choice of accommodation, lots of food and drink establishments, and other attractions.

    • December 15, 2020

Dan Hobson

Stage 7: Chipping Campden to Bourton-on-the-Water — Heart of England Way