Getting out on the bike the other day, I ventured through the Cotswolds in the UK, back to where I grew up and found some great routes through back roads and villages which I hadn’t been through in over 40yrs.
Although the ultimate reason for my trip was not a pleasurable one as I was attending a funeral, I took the time on the way to seek out some of the places that I would visit on family outings as a child.
The Cotswolds has countless villages and towns that are simply picture postcard perfect, and if you’re lucky enough to stumble across a village which is off the beaten track a little, it’s like space and time was frozen in a period of yesteryear. Away from the grid, away from the hustle and bustle, there are gems all over that allow you to experience the chirping of birds and the sound of the wind as you gaze upon beautiful old buildings which would not be out of place on a chocolate box or two.
I had got it into my head that I would attempt to venture to the top of a well known hill from my youth to access a tower that sat proud upon it, but after attempting to find various routes to the summit, my quest was thwarted by no access signs or footpath only routes. I still believe it can be achieved but that will have to wait for another time…away from prying eyes perhaps.
Eventually I headed for another tower on top of Broadway Hill in Worcestershire which overlooks the Vale of Evesham, which was once regarded as the fruit & vegetable bread basket of the UK for many years. This was an area which I knew well as it was the area of my childhood but seldom visit anymore.
Just as with any place of vantage, visiting on a clear day makes the experience so much better, so I lucked out on my visit to the area and when I eventually climbed the snaking road up Fish Hill towards the tower, the view across the Vale was simply breathtaking.
The tower stands at some 65feet tall and overall is 1024 feet above sea level and was the built in 1799, designed by James Wyatt from the vision of Capability Brown for Lady Coventry. It sits proud on top of Broadway Hill and is a great place to visit if you’re in the area, passing by or visiting the Cotswolds region, with family or friends. Top tip…take a picnic and enjoy the view…you might be lucky to view a herd of deer that occasionally occupy neighbouring fields too. If you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself standing near the base of the tower and looking up to wonder at the stone work too.
The tower can be accessed during opening times and there is a shop and stairs that will take you to the top too. If you do go inside, or you might just be able to peer in through one of the windows, you’ll find a model of the Tower made our of lollipop sticks…this was made by an old family friend of our in his latter years and is just as impressive as the tower itself…so well worth a visit overall.