Mallory Meadows local walk – 1
The summer is here, the nice weather makes us all want to get outdoors and we love nothing more than exploring our little nook of Leicestershire and sharing them with you! If you can bear to leave your bubbling hot tub and cosy holiday cabin or boutique roundhouse we have the first of our favourite local walks to share with you.
This 4.5km local circular walk takes approximately 1 hr 20 mins and can be started at Shenton Train station, Bosworth Battlefield visitor centre or Sutton Wharf, paid parking is available at each location for only £2.50 for the day. Full details with a map can be found here on the Alltrails website. You may also wish to add a journey on the Battlefield Heritage line, this railway line goes from Shenton via Market Bosworth to Shackerstone and is often pulled by a steam train. Check the timetable and buy your tickets in advance here.
We started from Shenton Station, which is only 12 mins drive from Mallory Meadows. Once parked, we crossed over the train tracks and headed to Bosworth Battlefield visitor centre. On clear days, take in the lovely views over the rolling Leicestershire countryside, and stop and read the information boards and posts about the famous battle.
If you have time and wanted to learn more about what happened at the Battle of Bosworth on 22 Aug 1485 why not add on a visit to the exhibition? There is ample space with picnic tables if you wish to rest your legs. Refreshments are usually available alongside the café which is open Wed-Sun.
Continue your walk down through Ambion wood, you can enjoy the shade provided by the high evergreen trees. Follow the track through and you will emerge onto a path by Ashby Canal. This part, by the canal, can be muddy in wet weather. Look out for the ducks swimming in the water and other birds and wildlife.
Following along the path you will arrive at the wharf. Sutton Wharf café does a fabulous breakfast/brunch so if you’ve worked up an appetite it’s a great place to stop for a refuel! Alternatively, the Floatie Oakie, a floating coffee shop with Ice cream, cakes, and hot and cold drinks is perfect for a takeaway. They even sell doggie ice cream and duck food.
Once you’ve eaten, drank or fed the ducks head through the car park and over the canal bridge. Head back down the steps to walk along the other side of the canal. This canal path has a few benches along the way, the perfect place to take in your surroundings and watch the boats and wildlife. You will eventually walk under a bridge, bear left and go up and over, this will bring you to Shenton Sidings.
Follow Shenton Sidings track and you will eventually arrive back at Shenton Station. If you wish to explore further you can take the higher path on your right up to King Richards Well. Follow the path back to Bosworth Battlefield or retrace your steps to the sidings track.
Now you have finished exploring! We can highly recommend a visit to the nearby Hercules Revived for something yummy to eat. If your hot tub is calling, head home to your cosy cabin for a BBQ and a relaxing dip.
Mallory Meadows is perfectly situated to enjoy the Leicestershire countryside. Details of our accommodation can be found here.