Cirencester Ramblers

April 2nd Broadway

Nine brave souls turned up for the 6.5 mile circular walk, when the weather forecast was for rain all day. We were pleasantly surprised that the rain held off for most of the walk.

Starting from the car park at Sheer House we were surprised to see a classic Routemaster Bus which was running from the centre of the village to the newly opened Broadway rail station on the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway Line. Going through the village towards the church, we turned left up a path and onto fields. It was very muddy! We passed through several fields of horses, sheep and eventually cows, climbing all the time. Eventually we turned onto a tarmac road which led to the entrance at Broadway Tower.

We stopped for lunch in the area near the cafe, then proceeded past the Broadway Tower, a folly on the top of Broadway Hill, the brainchild of 18thC landscape designer, Capability Brown.

Picking up The Cotswold Way we proceeded down Fish Hill to cross the A44, stopping briefly at a trig point. From there we went into the woods, picking our way over roots and fallen trees. After a while we descended some steps onto the road, which we crossed again, then across a few fields back into Broadway.

Unusual sight in the Cotswolds, a London Bus!

Heading over the hill towards the Tower

Bit of a traffic jam here!

Lunch stop on Broadway Hill

Who is the muddiest of us all?

Viewing the trig point at Fish Hill