On Sunday 12th March 2017, 15 Ramblers went on a 6 mile circular walk from Chipping Campden to Dover’s Hill, and back through Weston Park. After overnight rain, the weather dried up in time for the walk, but the conditions underfoot were very muddy and slippery on some sections of the walk.
The walk started in the fine North Cotswold town of Chipping Campden, along its High Street full of historic buildings. We picked up the Cotswold Way and made the long climb to the top of Dover’s Hill, with magnificent views across the Vale of Evesham to the Forest of Dean and the Malvern Hills. A coffee stop was made close to a toposcope which indicates points of interest visible on a clear day. Dover’s Hill is the venue for the annual Olympick Games which have been revived following cancellation in the 19th century due to rowdiness and drunkenness.
We then descended Dover’s Hill across farmland, and this was followed by a long and steep climb through the woodlands of Weston Park to a road. Plenty of spring flowers and some new born lambs were spotted on the way. After a while, Chipping Campden was again in view, and the walk continued by road back to the starting point.
Some of the views around the attractive town of Chipping Campden
We cluster around the view point at the top of Dover's Hill
On the steep descent near Knapp Farm House
It's a steep, muddy ascent through Weston Park
It's feeding time. Plenty for all!
We arrive back in Chipping Campden in time for lunch