I always count myself very lucky to live in the Cotswolds as there are so many lovely idyllic villages to visit and one of my favorites has to be Broadway. Quite often referred to as the “Jewel of the Cotswolds”, Broadway sits beneath Fish Hill in the county of Worcestershire which is just a 35 minute drive form Cheltenham, meaning it’s a perfect base for exploring the Cotswolds. Bath, Oxford, Bourton on the Water, Stratford upon Avon and Warwick are just some of the places you can explore from Broadway and they are all under a 1 1/2 hour drive away.
Another added benefit to Broadway is that it is incredibly Dog Friendly. I personally don’t drive so either rely on my parent’s for day trips out or on our local bus services. Stagecoach and Marchants both allow well behaved dogs on their services but you do have to pay. Stagecoach £1 and Marchants 0.50p for a single journey. On this occasion I jumped on the Marchants 606 11:15am from Cheltenham to Broadway which only cost £5.50 day return for myself and of course 0.50p for Cooper. It does take about an hour but passes through some other pretty Cotswolds villages on route so plenty to look at.
We arrived into Broadway about 12:13 and jumped off at the Lygon Arms which is one of the most famous 4 star hotels in the Cotswolds. More than this they are also Dog friendly with 17 dog friendly rooms and can stay for an extra £25 per stay. All pet guests will be provided with a bed, bowl and dog biscuit. Plus, the two-acres of gardens are great for strolls. You can also dine with your dog but only in the The Lygon Courtyard. There are plenty of other dog friendly places to stay in Boradway and surrounding areas. Click on the following link to see them all. Pets Pyjamas Broadway Places to Stay
Once in Broadway we strolled up the High street to join the Cotswold Way footpath that leads up Fish hill to Broadway Tower. It’s about 1.1miles and took around 35 minutes. You’ll get some seriously amazing views once your at the top and be sure to look out for the heard of Red Deer near the top by the Tower. If you visit soon you’ll get to see some Fawns which is an amazing sight to see.
Broadway Tower is a unique Capability Brown Folly Tower, It is one of England’s outstanding viewpoints and at 1024 feet (312m) above sea level, it is the second highest point on the Cotswold escarpment with unrivaled views. You have to pay to go up the tower and you sadly can not take dog up but they are alowed in the grounds as well as in Morris & Brown Café which serves drinks, cakes lunches and cream teas all year round.
We headed back down the hill and got back into the Village at about 2:30 and as the bus back wasn’t till 4:35pm we had a little stroll in and out of the shops on the high street which on the most part are Dog Friendly. Some of the Shops that were more than happy to let Cooper in were, Whatever the Weather, Landmark, All of my Heart & Cotswold Trading (They only allow dogs if you carry them so perhaps not so easy if you’re on your own with anything bigger than a Spaniel.) If you’re not sure just ask as everyone there is generally just lovely.
We finished off our trip with a visit to The Swan pub, bar and restaurant which is a family and dog friendly establishment which on every visit I’ve made has always served up delicious, hearty dishes especially perfect for the coming Autumnal days. This occasion was no different and Cooper definitely liked it there as there were a couple of other dogs out in the garden to “talk” to.
I’d definitely recommend a trip to Broadway for either a day trip or a little weekend stay as there’s plenty of places to explore not just in Broadway but the surrounding areas as well.
Have you ever been to Broadway before? If so is there anywhere you’d recommend checking out. Please feel free to comment below.
Fi & Coop’s xXx