The Duke of Marlborough – 4-5 mile walk

Author: Lou Rawcliffe, 30/06/2019

Walking time approximately 1½ to 2 hours.

A pleasant 4-5 mile walk from the village of Somersham, with typical Suffolk vistas of open fields and ancient churches, finishing at the community-owned Duke of Marlborough pub.

Some gentle hills (nothing too steep), mostly good paths but some uneven ground. Crops in fields in Summer. May be muddy in wet weather.

The Duke of Marlborough pub was saved and brought back to life by the local community. Please support them by stopping for a drink or meal.

THE ROUTE

Somersham-pub-walk-map

An online version of this map can be found here:

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/3606553/Somersham-v1-300619

PARKING

There is room for a few cars at the Duke of Marlborough pub.

More parking is available next to the village shop (turn into Princes Gardens then left into car park [1] – signed from road). Shop closed Sundays.

DIRECTIONS

If starting from the village shop, walk through playing fields, past buildings and sports court, to exit onto the road at the far end. Follow road to pub [2]. Take extra care on short section without pavement.

If starting from the Duke of Marlborough, walk up road (left out of car park, away from Ipswich) 300m to Tudor Grange [3].

Turn right through entrance area then left at footpath sign on barn.

After 100m, take the left path across field [4], follow gently uphill with hedge on left hand side.

Bear left [5], continue uphill with hedge on right hand side.

Follow the path around the field boundary, then look out for gap through the hedge on the right [6] when the path turns to the left. Go through the gap then continue uphill with the hedge on the left hand side.

After 150m, where the path turns to the right, turn left through the hedge [7] and continue in a North West direction.

Pass through more gaps in hedges [8,9], continuing downhill until the view opens out towards Willisham Church [9].

Cross the road to the large concreted area on the left, then take the path uphill [10] towards the Church.

Go past some large weeping trees, until almost at the Church then turn left at the path junction [11] (the church is on the right).

Follow the path downhill across fields to the road. Turn left on the road for 100m then look out for bridleway and footpath signs to the right [12].

Take the footpath across the field (NOT the bridleway which turns right along the field edge), towards Offton Church (hidden behind trees).

On reaching the concrete ditch crossing, the church can now be seen across the road.

Cross the road then take the path diagonally left across the meadow [13]. Bear right with the hedge on right hand side then continue across field to farm track.

Turn left on the farm track, almost to the road, then take the footpath to the right [14] with “The Channel” on the left hand side. Continue alongside the channel, cross a minor road, to the rear of houses at Offton Place, and past some large cedar and fir trees.

Follow the footpath sign (DO NOT cross the channel to the left), [15] to green lane “Chapel Lane”.

Continue on Chapel Lane [16] to Somersham.

Turns to right then left bring you to buildings [17] with the Chapel on the left and the Duke of Marlborough pub on the right.

Remember to pop in the pub for a well-earned drink.