Far Coton - Ashby Canal - Shenton - Far Coton

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A flat and easy walk close to Market Bosworth and the Bosworth Water Trust. The trust is an area of lakes for fishing or sailing and with a small beach. There is lots of room for barbeques and picnics and for playing games. It also has a café, toilets, children's play areas and a camping and caravan area. The walk centres on the Ashby Canal and passes through Far Coton over fields and along bridleways to Shenton and passes Whitemoors Antique Centre, an old farm building and barns containing many different types of antiques and craftware as well as a café and toilets. From there it's again over fields and back to the canal for the pleasant walk back to your car. It also passes quite close to the Battle of Bosworth Field, allowing for a detour (from Shenton Aqueduct) to visit King Richard's Field.

Ashby Canal was completed in 1804 and carried coal from the North Leicestershire and Derbyshire Coalfields to local markets and via the national networks to wharfs in Oxford and London. The canal was taken over by the Midland Railway in 1845. Mining subsidence has been responsible for the abandonment of the northern length of the canal and since 1967 the terminus has been half a mile north of Snaresdon. British Waterways manages the canal as an amenity for boating, walking and fishing. From the A5 to the Snaresdon terminus the canal is designated a conservation area.

England - Central England - Leicestershire - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Restaurant, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
8/3/2016 - Roy Davenport

Distance updated 3/8/16

5/5/2016 - Roy Davenport

Walk re-routed from WP10. 5/5/16

4/22/2016 - Roy Davenport

This walk has now been amended to miss out the permissive footpath

4/12/2016 - David Stephens

Please note that the route between points 10 and 11 is a permissive footpath and the permission, I believe, has been withdrawn. The walk can be completed by continuing straight ahead from point 10 until the canal is reached at the edge of Stoke Golding village, then following the canal in a northerly direction to resume the walk at Bradfields Bridge, close to point 11.

4/8/2009 - Roy Davenport

Checked Mar 09 ok RD

6/5/2007 - Roy Davenport

OK June 07 RD

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