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Bosworth Battlefield and Shenton

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Bosworth Battlefield and Shenton
Author: Ohbodder, Published: 07 May 2015 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Leicestershire, Bosworth
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Bosworth Battlefield and Shenton
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A circular walk starting and ending at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre. The walk takes you along the Ashby De La Zouch Canal, across fields including the spot where Richard III is thought to have been slain, along some quiet roads around Shenton and across the Battlefield Line preserved railway.

The route is generally fairly flat with just one steep incline from Shenton Station to the finish. The paths across the fields were well defined and showed very little mud even after a good fall of rain the day before. The canal towpath also had very little mud. You will need to negotiate many stiles and gates. There are steps down to the canal at Sutton Cheney Wharf and steps up and down as you cross the former railway line. You are likely to come across cows in one field, sheep in several other fields and a horse by the railway line, so take care with dogs. There are toilet and cafe facilities at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, Sutton Cheney Wharf and Shenton Station.

The walk starts and finishes at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre pay and display car park which costs 2.50 per car (correct May 2015). The centre is accessed off Ambion Lane, just west of Sutton Cheney. Approximate post code CV13 0AD.

If you approach from the north, leave the M42 at J11 and head south on the A444 for 9 miles, turn left into Fenn Lanes (Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre is signposted).
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If approaching from the south, east or west take the A5 until its junction with the A444. Take the A444 for 1 mile then turn right onto Fenn Lanes (Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre is signposted).

Follow Fenn Lanes for 5 miles until you reach Sutton Cheney, turn left onto Bosworth Road then bear left to Ambion Lane. The Battlefield Centre is on the left after 0.75 miles.

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Walk Sections

Start to Ashby De La Zouch Canal
Start to Ashby De La Zouch Canal

Start point: 52.597 lat, -1.4068 long
End point: 52.5906 lat, -1.3951 long

From the car park head towards the tarmac path that goes along the front of the field with two large flagpoles in (but do not go into this field). Head left here through the gate and slightly downhill past some picnic benches towards a waymarked gate. Through this gate you can see the next waymarker and gate at the edge of Ambion Wood. Take this route and follow the path through the woods until you reach another gate which leads you to the Ashby De La Zouch Canal and Sutton Cheney Wharf.

Follow the path past the front of the cafe to reach the car park. There is a gate in the car park leading to Wharf Lane. Go through this and turn right, crossing over the canal. Go through the gate and down the steps, then head under the canal bridge.

Ashby De La Zouch Canal to Bridge 27
Ashby De La Zouch Canal to Bridge 27

Start point: 52.5906 lat, -1.3951 long
End point: 52.5757 lat, -1.4151 long

Follow the canal for approximately 2 miles as it meanders around Dadlington, towards Stoke Golding. Along the way you will pass mile markers 11/19 and 10/20.

As you approach bridge 27 you can see the next waymarker in the field to your right, but to reach it continue under bridge 27 (pictured), go through the gate on your right and up to a track that crosses the bridge.

Bridge 27 to Fenn Lanes
Bridge 27 to Fenn Lanes

Start point: 52.5757 lat, -1.4151 long
End point: 52.5843 lat, -1.4154 long

Cross the track to the stile opposite, go over the stile into a small field (NOTE: This may be holding cattle). Go down the slope towards the waymarker. Cross another stile and plank bridge. Keep to the left of this small field until you come to a waymarker on the left. Go through the hedge gap and follow the track across the field (pictured) to a plank bridge and stile.
The next field is said to be where Richard III was slain.

The instruction pinned to a post read: Look NW towards the white buildings, now take 12-14 strides, stop, this is the exact spot our King was slain.

Return to the path and continue across the field to a stile which leads you to a farm drive. Cross the drive to reach a stile on the other side. Go over this and keep to the left of the field until you come to a waymarker and a stile. Cross the stile, go through a short section of thicket then over another stile. Cross the next field heading for a waymarker near the gap to the left of the hedge ahead of you. Go over a stile and up a few steps over the route of the old railway.

Follow the waymarker down the steps on the other side. Cross the low wire fence into the next field and cross it heading towards the next waymarker. Go over the stile onto Fenn Lanes.

Fenn Lanes to Shenton
Fenn Lanes to Shenton

Start point: 52.5843 lat, -1.4154 long
End point: 52.5935 lat, -1.4326 long

Cross Fenn Lanes and go over the stile opposite. Go round the left edge of the field, (pictured: you are heading for a waymarker by the large tree near the left).

Go over the next stile into a small field that has some horse jumps laid out. Follow the track across this field around the buildings. Keep to the right and the track will take you along the edge of a field with a wire fence on your left and the field hedge on your right.

Go over a stile, cross the centre of first field, go over another stile and continue across the second field. Go through the open gate (or use the stile if the gate is closed). Keep to the right of this third field, go through the gap next to a gate and keep to the right of the fourth field. A stile at the far side leads you out to Mill Lane.

Shenton to 5 Bar Gate
Shenton to 5 Bar Gate

Start point: 52.5935 lat, -1.4326 long
End point: 52.6011 lat, -1.4254 long

Turn right onto Mill Lane and follow it for about 0.4 miles to the junction with Bosworth Road (signposted Battlefield Visitor Centre). Turn right onto Bosworth Road, crossing the river (pictured). Continue along Bosworth Road for 0.3 miles until you come to a 5 bar gate on your right.

5 Bar Gate to Shenton Station
5 Bar Gate to Shenton Station

Start point: 52.6011 lat, -1.4254 long
End point: 52.5996 lat, -1.4149 long

Go through the gate and follow the track across the field between a line of trees (pictured). Cross the stream at a bridge with two stiles and continue following the track up a slight gradient. Go through the gate and turn left onto Shenton Lane. Follow Shenton Lane for about 350 yards until you reach Shenton Station. Go into the car park and head for the crossing gate at the right hand end of the station. Cross the railway track taking extreme care.

Shenton Station to End
Shenton Station to End

Start point: 52.5996 lat, -1.4149 long
End point: 52.597 lat, -1.4068 long

Follow the sign for the Heritage Centre around the station buildings. Go through two gates (either side of a track) and continue to follow the path uphill back to the Battlefield Heritage Centre.

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1 responses to "Bosworth Battlefield and Shenton"

Nice walk but over 10 miles.
ADMIN RESPONSE: We have checked the GPS file and the walk is 6.4 miles long.

By Mikey007 on 2015-08-30 14:49:56

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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