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Pub Walk (68) Saturday 7th May 2016, from the Crown & Trumpet, Broadway

North Cotswold Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale


  The 68th Pubwalk started from the car park just around the corner from the Crown & Trumpet Broadway. In Shakespeare’s Branch Area and celebrating 30 years in the GBG was reason for a second walk and to celebrate the 2017 North Cotswold Festival Polo Shirt sponsorship from Landlord Andrew Scott whose staff were also attired in the very smart polo shirts in an attractive shade of navy blue. Photo 1 shows the banner recording the 30 year GBG achievement and the 2012 POTY mounted prominently outside the pub. Of historical interest is the Flowers & Sons car park disclaimer.


  The original Walk No 33 ran in March 2012 with 18 walkers, a record for the time, and unusually we decided to follow the same stunning route.


  13 walkers set off, a few slightly delayed due to traffic, heading South along the road towards Snowshill busier than normal due to the Horse Trial (Photo 2) passing that pub cat again (Photo 3) On reaching the church at Broadway Court we turned left through the arch up a bridleway heading East along Coneygree Lane full of blue bells (Photo 4) After half a mile we turned 90 right on the same track before emerging in a field.


  Continuing up a track across two fields we turned left towards the Rookery passing an unusual statue with excellent ground maintenance (Photo 5) then turned left at the next footpath into the Broadway Tower Country Park. Heading North we passed the tea shop on our right before taking a left turn through a gate encountering the residents of the deer park for once (Photo 6) and after a short distance arrived at the famous landmark Broadway Tower.


  A welcome stop to rest at the half way point (Photo 7) before taking a left turn at a gate taking us downhill in the direction of Broadway along the Cotswold Way passing one of the rare black lambs (Photo 8) Easy walking downhill with the sun shining and to take in a wonderful view over Broadway and Evesham (Photo 9) we ended up in Broadway after crossing several field. A left turn through the busy high street before taking Snowshill road on our left back to the pub.


  Nick Court who was already there, enjoying a Tom Long, had picked an excellent outside table for lunch in glorious sunshine. (Photo 10) Our host Andrew joined us and Lunch was served with excellent Stanway Broadway Artist, Butcombe and Tomothy Taylor Landlord. A 50p discount for CAMRA members applied to local Stanway beer. An excellent walk and pub hopefully for another 30 years.


  Next walk: No 69 on 3rd September at the Bakers Arms, Broad Campden after our Summer Break.


Report by Roger Price


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