Somerby Festival of Walking 

The 2024 Somerby Festival of Walking took place between Friday 17th May and Sunday 19th May offering a variety of free-of-charge walks of various lengths from 3 to 15 miles. 

Somerby is a small rural village in High Leicestershire, an area of rolling hills and quiet valleys set with small picturesque villages and farms.  It is a quiet rural area with an extensive network of country lanes, tracks, footpaths and bridleways and panoramic views across open countryside from Burrough Hill iron-age hill fort.

Let us welcome you to our beautiful part of High Leicestershire. Come and stay, enjoy a weekend of lovely free-of-charge  country walks led by local volunteers and why not treat yourself at one of our award winning local pubs.

Somerby is found between Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire and Oakham in Rutland.  

One walk during the Somerby Festival of Walking 2024 had to be postponed and will now run on 2 June 2024.  The walk details appear below.  If you would like to join us for this walk please use the 'Book' page.


Sunday 2nd June 2024

Launde Abbey Circuit

14 miles

Approximately 6 hours

Total Ascent 1305 ft

A walk following the Leicestershire Round footpath from Somerby to Launde Abbey, where we will stop at the Dairy Tea Room for a lunch break before continuing on footpaths and quiet lanes to Knossington and back to Somerby on footpaths, tracks and lanes.   As well as the stop at Launde Abbey there will be a further stop during the walk, either a picnic stop along the way or a stop at the Fox & Hounds pub in Knossington. There are several stiles on the route and although some have dog gates some do not - if you bring your dog on this route you must be able to lift it over a stile if necessary.   You will not be able to visit the Tea Room at Launde Abbey if you have a dog, but there is lovely countryside just outside the Abbey for a picnic.  This route can be muddy, especially through Owston Woods.

Departs from outside Somerby Memorial Hall 10am

Closed to Booking

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