Moreton-in-Marsh - Bourton-on-the-Hill

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This walk is one of interest and great beauty, starting from the bustling little Cotswold town of Moreton-in-Marsh, to visit the chocolate-box village of Bourton-on-the-Hill. Moreton-in-Marsh has its own railway station and a much frequented market of considerable size every Tuesday. The market square is surrounded by individual quality shops, tea rooms and estate agents, the buildings, all of Cotswold stone, characteristic of this area.

Paths through fields and meadows ensue and Batsford House is seen through the many trees of its wonderful parkland; there is an arboretum nearby. A fairly steep climb follows to walk past thick tree plantations, rich in variety. Looking down the main street that runs through Bourton-on-the-Hill, one is struck with the sheer beauty of the scene, Cotswold cottages and houses hugging either side of the downhill route. A lesson in point for present-day architects and planners!

Hedges, fields and streams are followed on the return journey to Moreton-in-Marsh, gentle, rolling landscape present all the way, until the last leg, passing some eye-catching shops in the market town where we began.

England - South West England - Gloucestershire - Cotswolds

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, Tea Shop, Wildlife, Woodland
16/01/2017 - Tony Goddard

Great walk with good views. There was also the option to walk round rather than through muddy fields at the start of the walk. There was one significant navigation problem at waypoint 12. The farmer (we think) has diverted the route in front of his farm and then down the farm drive onto the Fosse Way. This means you have to use the Fosse Way to do the last bit of the walk into Morton-in-Marsh. The map shows the walk running behind the farm and through fields and coming out in Morton We tried to get back onto the proper route after the diversion and ended up jumping a brook to get to the road. Be warned!

09/05/2016 - David Smith

This was a fabulous walk made all the better by the weather giving us an early taste of summer. The route is very easy to follow with clear paths and the directions provided. The climb up through Batsford arboretum is not too strenuous but we were glad of the dappled shade from the impressive woodland. The views across the Cotswolds in all directions make the ascent totally worthwhile. There is an excellent pub at the half-way point in Bourton-on-the-Hill for refreshments and even better news is that the remainder of the walk is all down-hill back to Moreton! Thoroughly enjoyed the walk and we may go back and do it in the opposite direction one day.

30/05/2013 - Alan Sturges

Most enjoyable stroll. Great views, ancient trees. Good directions.

26/06/2012 - MILES BOSTOCK

We went on this 25/06/12 every thing ok till part 10. The farm cows have walked between the hedges so keep right or walk on field till stile, its still muddy but less to walk on.

12/09/2004 - Julia Ewart

Bracken & I really enjoyed this walk on 1.09.04, accompanied by my husband who hardly ever walks and Willow who spent most of her time in the muddy ditches. The route was clear and easy to follow with lovely views over an area we have never been before. It was even warm & sunny making it a super day out. Thanks. Julia

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