North Cotswolds - Broadway
Broadway is a perfect golden Cotswold village, off the main roads, with a long, wide high street (a "broad" way) lined with beautifully restored old houses. Broadway is smaller than some of the other market towns on our list, but it is the center of an area with beautiful villages and countryside.
We spent a week in Broadway in July 2009 and loved the town and nearby area. This is a good town if you want to spend a week walking because there are many walking trails from the town or nearby.
Walk the High Street: Beautiful, wide high street lined with restaurants, tea rooms and shops, all in historic golden Cotswold-stone buildings (most from 17th and 18th centuries).
Church: There are two churches, both on the road to Snowshill. A Victorian "new" church and the old church of St. Eadburgha's. There is a footpath from Broadway to the old church (about a mile south of the town center). The old church has Norman origins and a lovely interior.
Historic Buildings: On the High Street - Picton House, Lygon Arms, Austin House, Shakespeare Cottages (near the end of the street).
Broadway Deli, good coffee is available at the back of the store.
Crown & Trumpet Inn (pub), behind the village green.
Market Pantry (tea room), 31 High Street. New in 2010, very good tea room with good breakfast, good looking cakes. website
Russell's of Broadway (restaurant), 20 High Street. Excellent restaurant (vegetarian options) with rooms above. The seating is in a two large rooms, with good space between tables. We have had dinner here a few times. Friends spent the weekend in one of their rooms and recommend them. website
Tissanes (tea room), High Street. Good tea room with excellent cakes.
Food & Drink in Nearby Villages
Ford - The Plough Inn (pub), on B4077 between Stanway and Stow-on-the-wold. Menu is written on a large board in the entrance. Good food and cozy pub. website
Snowshill - The Snowshill Arms (pub), in the center of Snowshill, part of the Donnington Brewery pubs. website
I like the Broadway Deli on the main street across from the village green. Good deli, vegetables, locally made bread. website
There is a good Budgens supermarket hidden away behind the main street, across from the village green.
The nearest large supermarkets are in Stow-on-the-Wold or Evesham (see our list of supermarkets in the Cotswolds).
The Landmark shop on the High Street has a good selection of outdoor clothing and equipment; a good place to get things if the weather turns colder or wetter than expected.
Buckland, Laverton, Stanton, Stanway: Four villages, set in a valley along the B4632 south of Broadway, with beautiful Cotswold stone houses, no shops. There is a footpath between the villages, also from Buckland over the hills to Snowshill.
Buckland Manor is a fine manor house turned into a luxury hotel (Relais & Chateaux). The Buckland village church has some 15th century pieces. Stanton Court in Stanton is a Jacobean house (16th century). The Stanton church has Norman origins. Shenberrow, an Iron Age hill fort, is above Stanton.
Ford: A few houses and an excellent pub, the Plough Inn, up in the hills east of Stanway.
Snowshill: A beautiful village on the hills above Broadway. Used in the movie "Bridget Jones's Diary". The National Trust Snowshill Manor is here, also a good pub the Snowshill Arms.
Broadway Tower: Eighteenth century gothic folly built on a hilltop just outside of Broadway. Writer and craftsman William Morris used the tower as a country retreat. Follow a footpath from Broadway up to the tower or drive. There is a tea room near the tower (but it is kind of odd). website
Snowshill Manor: Historic village on the hills above Broadway with Snowshill Manor (National Trust), a Tudor manor house with an eclectic collection of antique toys and musical instruments and an Arts & Crafts-style garden. website
Stanway Watergarden: Small village, just south of Stanton with Stanway House, a 17th century gate house, Jacobean (16th century) manor house, fountain and watergarden. website
Walking in the Cotswolds: Recommended guidebooks and maps for walking in the Cotswolds. We use these guides: Cotswold Classic Walks (Goldeneye), Cotswold Short Walks (Pathfinder Guide), The Cotswolds Walks and More Cotswolds Walks (Pathfinder Guides). Using those books, I listed our favorite hikes in this area below. All are circular walks - begin and end at the same spot.
Broadway and Broadway Tower (Pathfinder - 2hrs): Lovely walk from Broadway to the Old Church to Broadway Tower then back to Broadway. Goldeneye has a longer version of this walk ("Broadway" - 3hrs).
Buckland - Laverton (Goldeneye - 1.5hrs): Easy walk from Buckland up to the top of the hills, down to Laverton then back through the valley.
Snowshill (Jarrold Short Walks - 2.5hrs): From the village of Snowshill, up to the top of the hill and back down. Good views.
Stanton - Stanway (Goldeneye - 3hrs): Beautiful hike from Stanton, up the hill to some ancient remains (Shenberrow), then back down through woods to Stanway. Return to Stanton along the valley. This is one of my favorite hikes.
Stanton, Stanway and Snowshill (Pathfinder - 5.5hrs): This is a longer version that takes you to Snowshill.