Micro Event: Bosworth Battlefield and the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal
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A relatively easy 17.5 km (11 mile) 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 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 and Country Park where we will stop for a spot of lunch on their picnic tables (there’s a café but it's unlikely to be open as the museum is closed).
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.
Can I bring my dog? Four-legged friends are welcome, but please abide by the Countryside Code / Dog Walking Code and remember that not everyone loves dogs as much as you do, so please be mindful of other members and keep dogs on-lead when appropriate.
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What to bring
It'll be spring so expect the weather to 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 that can sometimes be quite wet and muddy underfoot, so you'll need decent boots and perhaps gaiters too, if the weather's been rainy.
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.
The Tithe Barn Café is onsite, but as the Visitor centre is closed I expect the cafe will also be closed.