This circular hike takes us from Moreton in Marsh, through the "Heart of Britain" the Cotswolds, designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. Walking through pretty rolling countryside, lush green pastures, idilic Cotswold villages we visit Chipping Campden with it's Honey coloured cotswold cottages which have remained relatively unchanged since the 14 century and follow the Diamond way through Broad Campden and Blockley before returning to Moreton in Marsh and our train home.
Meeting point, 07.45 London Paddington train station, by the information booth by in front of the ticket office (it's an early start please be prompt) we will be taking the 08.21 train to Moreton in Marsh arriving 10.00, journey time 1hr 39m.
Cost, £21.45 for a group of three people travelling together (click here) (http://www.meetup.com/GO-London/pages/Group_Train_Tickets/) £6 organiser fee total £26.45
Details, 25km 16m on good paths through rolling countryside with small hills.
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Leaving the pretty village of Moreton in Marsh with it's beautiful cotswold stone cottages, we join the Diamond Way, the gently undulating trail takes us through lush green fields to the tiny village of Aston Magna. Dropping down to Knee Brook the path follows the valley to Paxford, before traversing rolling hillsides to small historic market town of Chipping Campden which is noted for the elegant terraced high street and market square dating back to the 14th century.
The trail turns south and passes Hangmans Hall before climbing up to the village of Blockley dominated by the church tower of St Peter and Paul and described as the Cotswolds best kept secret and at 250m high we have beautiful views over the rolling coutryside. We descend past Batsford park with it's arboretum and falconry centre to arrive back in Moreton in Marsh where you can join us for a well deserved drink and some food or take the train back home.
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