Market Bosworth Country Park

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Market Bosworth is a small and pretty town in Leicestershire. This walk commences in the Bosworth Country Park, a large area of parkland with a lake and a variety of ducks, swans, moorhens and an abundance of wild birds.

The park also contains an arboretum with many of the trees marked to show their individual species. The park is an ideal place for picnics and playing games with the children.

This walk leaves the park via fields and makes its way to Sutton Cheney, a small Leicestershire village. This village is close to the Bosworth Battlefield (see Walk 1973) and contains the lovely little Battlefield Church. Here King Richard III and his men passed by on the way to the battlefield and King Richard himself heard mass on the morning of the battle. In the church will be found battle emblems and a commemorative plaque.

Here too you will see the picturesque almshouses as you make your way up the church path. You will then return via more fields and an avenue of trees to pass through the arboretum and back to the lake in the park.

Depending on the height of crops you may see three memorials, one a giant stone pillar bearing the figure of Hercules, which may have been put up originally by the fourth or fifth Baronet of Bosworth Park and could be 200 years old; also two memorial stones over a pit where three horses are buried. The sandstone plaques are now almost unreadable; the larger one refers to 'Trumps', charger of Captain Norton Legge A R C; the smaller one reads 'In memory of 'Scots Grey', ten seasons without a fall. Born 1876 died 1892. A trusty steed a faithful friend makes good the journey to the end'. Sadly, no public path actually allows access to the memorials.

England - Central England - Leicestershire - Countryside

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
06/11/2010 - Jan Holtham

We got a little stuck right from "the off" as we couldn't find the correct path from the lake. We finally stumbled on it by recognition of the bench in picture 2 (thank goodness for the photo. The final sentence in paragraph 3 doesn't make it clear which path to take. We took the one to the right, but eventually realised that we should have gone straight on (no dog). Never mind, we got back on track. The church at Sutton Cheney was beautiful and well worth the visit. We thoroughly enjoyed the walk but only had enough energy to stumble to the pub, rather than a circuit of the lake.

08/04/2009 - Roy Davenport

Checked Mar 09 ok RD

30/03/2008 - Tracy Ayres

Did this walk Saturday (29th March 08) and enjoyed it so much decided to do it again the next day (Sunday 30th March 08). Easy to follow although farmers had not made path clear in some fields and I had to wade through crops. Would recommend this walk but wear your gaitors if it has been raining as some parts are very muddy - took me approx 2 hours to complete walking at a fairly fast pace - so ideal for an energetic morning or afternoon walk.

26/05/2007 - Roy Davenport

Ok May 2007 RD

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