Bosworth Battlefield and Shenton is a 6.3 mile loop trail located near Hinckley, Leicestershire, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Length6.3 miElevation gain1,158 ftRoute typeLoop
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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). OR 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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Tracy Hurst
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Took us 2.5 hours. Lovely scenery. Will do this walk again. Highly recommend.

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Linda Tyers
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A lovely walk through some stunning Leicestershire countryside. We really enjoyed it and will do it again. easy to follow the excellent directions.

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Anneka Harden
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Would highly recommend this trail. It has everything. Canal, fields, stunning views. Also lovely this time of year seeing calf’s and lambs

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James Spooner
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Maz T
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Natalie Taylor
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Lovely walk with some lovely canal and countryside views! Would highly recommend

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Hollie wheatley
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leigh haynes
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leigh haynes
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Melanie Russell
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lovely walk. lots of spots to stop and have a bit of lunch.

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leigh haynes
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James Spooner
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anthony doyle
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Great walk but a lot of boggy fields which is to be expected this time of the year

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Fiona Burgess
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Walking boots or wellies needed as extreme mud along canal path. Didn’t work the entire 10km route as pushed for time. Takes longer to get round when sliding on mud. Imagine it’s much nicer in better weather. Otherwise lovely enjoyable walk

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Alison Langley
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Great walk - wellies were an absolute must as it was so boggy. Loved the route - great mix of fields, canals, woods and countryside. There’s quite a few stiles so just be cautious if your dogs isn’t a fan, and there’s a little road walking too which isn’t always ideal with dogs or little ones (hence the 4 stars) but otherwise a great walk :)

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Hiba Eldursi
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Lovely but very muddy. Wellingtons a must

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Louis Padian
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Natalie Taylor
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Had the potential to be a fantastic walk however I would recommend not doing this after a very rajny night! Had to turn around and admit defeat :(

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Lauren Coker
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A fantastic route with lots of lovely landscape. A little muddy since it had been raining during the night, but that's to be expected - though it caused no issues. When we finished the route (Bosworth Heritage centre) we stopped for coffee and cake before driving home. I really recommend this walk

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Andrew James
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Lovely walk in great autumn weather. My only disappointment was not being able to take in more of the history during the walk

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Rachel Mander
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Thoroughly enjoyed this walk. No rough terrain (was dry when we did it- could be different after a lot of rain) The canal part is beautiful. The heritage centre was fascinating. The route on here is excellent and easy to follow with the waypoints very helpful. Several places/cafes to stop at if you wanted to. Would happily do again.

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Jake Garner
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Overall a nice walk. Very flat and beginner friendly walk for a 10km. I did it after a spell of dry weather, so no boggy parts. Allow 2hours 15mins with no stops at a reasonable pace. 3hours if you wanted to stop.

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Andy Davis
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Great walk, only issue we had was the number of styles, hard work with 3 dogs. That said we would still revisit

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Lorraine Bullock
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Pretty walk

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Polly Bill
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Kay Baldwin
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Lovely walk. Very scenic and we saw plenty of wildlife, a kestrel and heron to name a few. We took our large dog (rottie) and 4 of the many styles we had to pick him up to get over (that's 40kg at that). They were either to high for him to jump, didn't have an option for him to crawl under or had a ditch which would have been a too severe drop for him on landing. He managed perfectly with the others, but if you've a large dog and a slightly older dog, they may struggle.

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juliet Thomas
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Lovely walk, parts of it would be boggy with rain. first part a few miles along the canal then quite a few Stiles on the second part. There is a field with a notice about keeping your dog's on a lead because of a horse but the horse wasn't there when we went. Parking is 2.50. We found a shady field to eat our lunch and there was a lovely craft centre near the end (it closes at 4) but the cafe was shut at 3.30 when we got there. Will definitely do this walk again. This app is telling me it was 15km so not sure how accurate this app is on telling me the correct distance.

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Louise Hill
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An easy to navigate flat route with lots of time spent walking along the canal and watching the ducks! Only small error but easy to get back on track. Lots of well maintained stiles and easy to follow yellow markers. We passed a tea shop on the way, a floating ice-cream boat, toilets and the steam train at Shenton. The visitor centre at Bosworth is closed but picnic areas and outside areas are open and well looked after. Car parking is £2.50.

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Alex Compton
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A bit overgrown but really good!

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