Bosworth Battlefield and the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal
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A relatively easy 11 mile (17.5 km) walk through Leicestershire from Market Bosworth, following sections of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal, taking in Bosworth Battlefield and the old London and North Western Railway at Shenton.
Starting at the Market Bosworth Country Park, we head out to the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal, following it for some time as we parallel the line of the old London and North Western Railway, now the heritage steam Battlefield Railway Line.
At Shenton we reach the site of the last battle of the War of the Roses, where the last Plantagenet King, Richard III, was defeated in battle by the army of Henry Tudor in 1485 – Richard III was the last English monarch ever to die in battle.
From there we head up to the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre where we can have a spot of lunch (there’s a café where you can grab a cuppa).
After lunch we make our way back along a short stretch of the Ashby Canal via the Sutton Cheney Wharf, then back to our starting point at Market Bosworth.
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What to bring
Although late spring, the weather may still be unpredictable. Please ensure you have adequate layers to keep warm and waterproofs to keep you dry. Although most of the paths themselves are well-trodden and maintained, some of the paths are across open fields, which can be quite wet and muddy underfoot, so you'll need decent boots and preferably gaiters too.
Note that this is only a guide and you will need to consider the weather forecast.
If you're unsure about any of the items in the standard kit list available on the ODL website, please contact the event leader.
Food & drink
We will be stopping at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre for lunch. There are picnic tables and plenty of nice places to park ourselves to eat.
Please bring a packed lunch.
You can grab a cuppa at the Tithe Barn Café onsite, but the plan isn’t to eat lunch in the café.