Starting from the quiet hamlet of Bag Enderby, this 5.5 miles walk explores the different aspects of the Wolds landscape, passing through Somersby, Tennyson's birthplace and home for the first twenty eight years of his life.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) Leave the churchyard through the yew tree tunnel and turn left onto Church Lane to Bridge Road, passing the old blacksmiths and White Cottage as you go.
(1) Cross the road and follow Brinkhill Lane for approx. 1 mile then take the bridleway on the left and continue along the field edge with the hedge on your right.
(2) Follow the path through the gap, with Snake Holt on your left, then continue uphill. Take the bridleway to the left, following the track to the left at Fox Covert, an example of ancient woodland.
(3) Follow the sign to the right and walk through the yard of Wardenhill Farm, along the track and descend to join Tetford Road at Somersby House Farm.
(4) Turn left and walk carefully along the lane, then turn right onto Bridge Road (alternatively, to return to Bag Enderby, turn left and continue to the village, turning right at the Poet's Tree, back to the church). On your right is St Margaret's church and on the left the castellated Somersby Grange and the cream-coloured Somersby House.
(5) Leave the village along Bridge Road, dropping downhill to cross the brook. Take the next road left, continue along and take the next left to Stainsby.
The bridge over the brook, the River Lymn, was built in 1827, the year Alfred started at Cambridge. The river runs through the meadow beyond Somersby House Garden before flowing through Bag Enderby to Wainfleet and out to sea at Gibraltar Point. It is widely believed that the poem, The Brook was inspired by the River Lymn, the river that ran through Tennyson's childhood......
''I chatter, chatter, as I flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on forever.''
(6) Pass through Stainsby House farmyard, following the waymarkers downhill, with woodland on your right, over farmland and cross the bridge over the brook once again.
(7) Pass through Paradise Holt and continue uphill, passing the thatched Ivy House Farm on your left, and following the road back to the church. (D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 190ft - Churchyard
1 : mi 0.13 - alt. 187ft - Brinkhill Lane
2 : mi 1.47 - alt. 190ft - Snake Holt
3 : mi 2.14 - alt. 289ft - Wardenhill Farm
4 : mi 2.81 - alt. 187ft - Bridge Road
5 : mi 2.97 - alt. 184ft - The Brook
6 : mi 4.19 - alt. 220ft - Stainsby House farmyard
7 : mi 4.82 - alt. 138ft - Paradise Holt
D/A : mi 5.08 - alt. 187ft - Church
Maps: OS Explorer Map 273
Parking: Parking on the grass in front of Bag Enderby church.
Terrain: A mixture of footpaths, bridleways and quiet lanes - may be muddy in places.
Refreshments & Toilets: White Hart Inn, Tetford (2.5 miles) with its Tennyson settle, or the George & Dragon and the two tearooms at Hagworthingham (3 miles).
The Lincolnshire Wolds is a nationally important and cherished landscape. Most of it was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1973. Covering an area of 558 square kilometres or 216 square miles, the AONB contains the highest ground in eastern England between Yorkshire and Kent, rising to over 150m along its western edge. Rolling chalk hills and areas of sandstone and clay underlie this attractive landscape.
The Lincolnshire Wolds has been inhabited since prehistoric times and the appearance of the countryside today has been greatly influenced by past and present agricultural practices.
A Countryside Service helps to protect and enhance the landscape through partnership projects with local landowners, farmers, parish councils, businesses and residents of the Wolds.
Office Address :
Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service
Lincs LN11 0DA
Phone: 01522 555780 Twitter: @LincsWoldsAONB
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Bag Enderby - St Margaret's Church has nailed to its door a Danish shield boss found long ago in a nearby field. The church contains medieval glass, a rood screen and an ancient font, with depictions of Danish mythology carved upon it. George Clayton Tennyson, Alfred's father was rector of Bag Enderby and Somersby. Near the 18th century thatched Ivy House Farm stands the former dairy barns and the quarry, which supplied the stone for the church.
The hollow tree stump at the top of the village is known as 'The Poets Tree'; the Tennyson children allegedly played on its long, low branch.
Somersby - Somersby House, the cream-coloured building in the centre of the hamlet was home to the Tennyson family from 1808 to 1837. Alfred was born here on August 6th, 1809, and spent his childhood exploring the countryside with his 10 siblings. It is now a private home and only opens to the public on special occasions. The castellated Grange next door was home to the landowners of the time. During restoration work carried out in 2015, a graffito was uncovered in the belfry of St Margaret's. Carved into the stone, it simply says 'AT 1837, the year the Tennysons left.
No more evidence is needed that the wolds landscape inspired the young Poet Laureate than the opening verse of The Lady of Shallott (1832).
''On either side the river lie
Long fields of barley and of rye,
That clothe the wold and meet the sky;
And thro' the field the road runs by
To many-tower'd Camelot;''
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