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Broadway

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Come into Broadway down Fish Hill, on the A44 from Chippy or Oxford, and prepare to have your breath taken away. This hairpin-bender of a road falls off the famous Cotswold Escarpment, giving way to one of the UK's most the most stunning views, stretching to the Malverns and beyond. Better yet, tackle it at sunset on a clear day. Broadway is, in its way, just as memorable. It's the quintessential Cotswolds small town – more English, more posh, more quietly, sedately beautiful than anywhere for miles around. There’s really just one main street (you can park on it for short periods in the quiet season – otherwise follow signs to one of the official carparks), dotted with independent shops of all kinds, two rather smart hotels – The Broadway and Lygon Arms – and a cute little alleyway lined with boutiques selling upmarket yarn, sweeties, shoes and the like. There’s even an organic hairdresser. No Cotswold tour is complete without it, and there's a tourist information centre with a noticeboard to tell you of upcoming events, including Sunday walks run by the Circenster Ramblers – www.circencesterramblers.btik.com.

You say Average Rating ★★★★☆

Lovely spot, amid more lovely spots ★★★★☆

Enjoyed exploring Broadway - good dinner in the Swan Inn, nice shop browsing. Stayed in gorgeous village of Snows Hill, about 2 miles away; the walk between the two, via Broadway Tower (the long way), is recommended, as are detours to nearby Stanton and Buckland. Advice: if you want a taxi ride around this way, book way in advance!

Broadway reviewed by on May 24th, 2012

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