Cottages near Chipping Campden
Discover the beautiful town of Chipping Campden
Tucked into the northern Cotswolds, Chipping Campden is a glorious example of a picture-perfect Cotswold wool town. Beautifully preserved and unspoilt, the origins of the town can be traced back to the 7th century. The high street follows the line of an important trading route. At the far end of town, the Church of St James was built thanks to the flourishing wool trade. Of all the Cotswold ‘wool’ churches this one is particularly impressive.
Chipping Campden is also recognised as the centre of the Cotswolds Arts and Crafts movement and the Court Barn Museum tells the story of art and design in the region. The 400-year-old Grade I Market Hall still forms a focal point in the town and the pretty buildings in the high street now house artisan food stores, independent shops, and some wonderful dining spots. As you would expect there are also a handful of characterful pubs where you can revive and enjoy a proper pint and good food.
On nearby Dover’s Hill, the infamous Cotswold Olimpicks were founded in the 17th century. These rural games include unusual events such as Putting the Shot and the slightly more alarmingly named Shin Kicking. The games still take place annually and are a popular, if somewhat quirky, local event with plenty of festivities included. Dover’s Hill also offers beautiful views over the surrounding countryside as well as some excellent walking. During the spring it’s a lovely spot for bluebells. The Cotswold Way National Trail also begins in Chipping Campden and then meanders more than 100 miles south to Bath.
Chipping Campden might be small, but it is perfectly formed, and it makes an ideal base for exploring the north Cotswolds. Discover our collection of properties which are ideally located for your next Cotswold holiday.