Stage 7: Chipping Campden to Bourton-on-the-Water — Heart of England Way
Dan Hobson planned a hike.
December 14, 2020
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