Follow this figure of eight walk from Shenton, which features the Shenton Aqueduct, Ashby Canal, a disused railway and rural farmland.
Shenton is a picturesque Leicestershire village, close to the site of the Battle of Bosworth, with a station on the Battlefield Line heritage railway.
There is plenty of free parking on the verge by the aqueduct.
The walk begins at Shenton Aqueduct, Postcode CV13 6DP.
Shenton Aqueduct & Ashby Canal Walk Map
Begin The Walk
1. Shenton Aqueduct
With the aqueduct behind you, proceed along the Bosworth Road in the direction of Shenton.
Shortly after passing the farm shop you will see a gate on your left.
2. The Ambion Way
The signpost indicates the Ambion Way, a 9.5 mile (15km) circuit which begins and ends at Bosworth Battlefield Centre. Pass through the gate. The elaborate chain to the gate may appear to be locked, just look for the hook that holds it all together.
Walk across the farmland and along the avenue of trees. Shenton Hall is to your right. Stiles 1 and 2 take you over a brook.
3. Stoke Golding
After half a mile (0.8km) leave the parkland by a cottage, turn left and you will see a canal bridge ahead. Join the towpath through the gap in the hedge. Follow the towpath right in the direction of Stoke Golding for half a mile (0.8km).
4. The Disused Railway
Just before the disused railway bridge, go through the gate on the right and cross the canal. Note milepost 12/18 by the gate. There is a hidden picnic table off to your right as you go up onto the bridge.
5. Shenton Station
Walk along the disused railway cutting to Shenton Station. Here there are toilets and a café, and if you are lucky you may catch sight of a steam train.
You can also make a detour from here to walk uphill to the Battlefield Centre.
6. Rejoin the Canal
Leave the station car park and turn left onto the road. After about a third of a mile (0.5km) rejoin the canal at the same bridge as earlier in the walk. This time turn left and follow the towpath back to Shenton Aqueduct.
At an Ashby Canal Association noticeboard and bench take the steep steps back down to your starting point.
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