Sunday, 12th January, 2020
Dadlington > Bosworth Field > Dadlington
Map and Elevation
Walk Leader: Andy Collins
This walk is about 6 miles long.
Starting from The Green, by The Dog and Hedgehog, turn left and cross Shenton Lane where you will see a footpath sign. This footpath is labelled the Ambion Way and leads you to the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal. This canal is famous for having no locks. Cross the bridge at the canal and take the towpath heading east.
Follow the towpath for just over two miles. You will pass under Sutton Lane Bridge (32), Geary’s Bridge (33) where the canal curves to head northwards, and thence to Sutton Wharf Bridge (34) where there is a cafe and toilets.
Continue along the towpath, now heading west, skirting Ambion Wood. You leave the wood behind after Rail Bridge (34a). The canal now curves to the right and you will soon see Bradfield’s Bridge (35).
This is where you leave the canal and head northeast along the road, Shenton Lane, towards Shenton Station. Here, there is another cafe and probably the means to de-water yourself should the need arise.
Go through the station and cross the railway – making sure there is nothing coming! Here, you pick up the Ambion Way once more and follow it around the site of the Battle of Bosworth, past the Bosworth Field Visitor Centre, and through Ambion wood.
Walking through woods for the Fleckney Walking Club is an invitation to get “mislaid” but this track should be easily manageable, even for us! When you (eventually) emerge from the woods the track follows the canal back to Sutton Wharf. You are now on the right side of the canal for the cafe.
This section of the walk along the canal is about a mile. After leaving the wharf at Sutton Wharf Bridge (34), the canal bears right and heads south. At the next bridge, Geary’s (33) take the Leicestershire Round to Stapleton Lane. Turn right onto the lane and head back into Dadlington. The lane takes you to a crossroads where you turn right onto Hinckley Road. Follow this onto Main Street and thus back to the pub for drinkies.