Somersby, Salmonby and Tetford Circuit

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Route Summary:

6.9 km 52 m

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Somersby, Salmonby and Tetford Circuit Details

This is an easy enough circuit that’s ideal for the post Christmas lull – it passes two pubs that are more than likely open during the day (they were when we passed, as the map shows) and is easily followed on country lanes.

Starting in Somersby, the birthplace of Tennyson (wikipedia link) you can walk, run or cycle this route in either direction. Head off from the church in the direction of Salmonby (the road sign states that Tetford is the other way, but you’ll be returning that way.) You can even follow this route for most of it’s length with Google Street View if you want.

The Route

Folllow the road steadily downhill and past a left junction where you should go straight ahead. At GR- there’s a bridlepath sign that’ll take you directly across to the pub at Salmonby, but you can continue along the lane and turn right at the larger road. The roads are quiet and with nice wide verges, safe enough to walk on.

You soon pass the Cross Keys Inn on the right which is as good a reason as any to stop for refreshments. The walls inside are covered in African game trophies and the like.

Onwards into Tetford, you take the road left and over the bridge keeping right until you spot a footpath sign across the field to the right.

On crossing the field, you pass a few houses and, hopeufully not pass the White Hart Inn that was exceptionally full considering it was mid afternoon in December. After a final pint of refreshment, you need to turn right from the pub (away from the church) and follow the lane until you reach the ‘main’ road. At this point it’s a simple matter of turning left and following the road until you arrive at the right hand turn for Somersby. It’s a little hidden unti you’re almost on it.

The lane returns you back to where you started.

Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader.
Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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