Cotswolds Day Hike: Chipping Campden

Dover's Hill Sheep

I think we are finding a new routine: weekend day hikes. Last weekend we walked from Bradford-on-Avon to Avoncliff, the weekend before that was Chew Valley, and this weekend we headed up to Chipping Campden for another Cotswolds day hike to check out the views from Dover’s Hill.

We picked this 4.5 mile walk because reviews said it was “great if you like sheep” – sign me up.

And we did see lots of sheep!

Cotswolds day hike with sheep sightings

We started in Chipping Camden and took some public footpaths through some fields…

Part of our route took through a wooded segment – all of a sudden we were surrounded by trees that were so tall!

england forest as part of a Cotwolds day hike

We followed along a bridleway through the wooded area, marked with horse tracks of travelers who came before us.

And coming out of the woods, we crossed the street to this gate. It’s at the bottom of Dover’s Hill, and we headed through the gate to walk up….

Cotswolds Day Hike: Bottom of Dover's Hill at field entry gate

We made it to the top of Dover’s Hill a bit before sunset. The light was changing rapidly up here, cloudy one minute….

Dover's Hill View from Cotwolds Day Hike
Dover's Hill View with tree

… and full of that golden hour light the next…

Dover's Hill Sheep

After taking in the view, we finished up by walking back down into Chipping Camden.

Chipping Camden
Chipping Camden

I’m loving the fresh air each weekend.

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Walking from Bradford-on-Avon to Avoncliff

Tithe Barn

Last weekend, we went walking around Chew Valley Lake and had such a nice time that we decided to venture out a little further and walk a bit farther this weekend. We walked in the Cotswolds from Bradford-on-Avon to Avoncliff following this trail linked here.

Near the beginning of the walk, we explored the Bradford-on-Avon Tithe Barn, which was originally built in the 14th century…

Bradford-on-Avon Tithe Barn

We walked around the historic farm complex a bit, imagining all the people who would have walked around these grounds for 700 years…

After milling around a little while, we rejoined the path and walked on towards Avoncliff to see the aqueduct and grab a bite to eat. The path is a nice, easy walk that follows along the canal.

Here’s a view from the Avoncliff Aqueduct of the picnic tables below….

Avoncliff

… and a photo back up of the Aqueduct from our table! It was built in the early 19th century and the canal passes along the top. Great spot to relax by the river, and everything is well spread-out for social distancing.

Avoncliff Cross Guns

A few more photos around Avoncliff:

Cotswolds Avoncliff

And on the trail back towards Bradford-on-Avon…

Cotswolds Road in Avoncliff

Love the dappled light through the trees.

Have a good week!

kate

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