Friday, March 18th, 2022 – Sutton Wharf Car Park at 10am
Sutton Wharf Circular Walk
Address: Wharf Lane, Sutton Cheney, Warwickshire CV13 0AL
Ashby canal bridge number 34
This is a delightful short circular walk starting and finishing at Sutton Wharf. The route takes in part of the Leicestershire round and passes through Sutton Cheney, Market Bosworth. On the return we go past the Heritage site for the Bosworth Battlefield.
There’s a lovely small tea room on the square in Market Bosworth. This is short detour from the route, but well worth it – the cakes are unbelievable!
I’ve also allowed a little time to explore Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Site which is really interesting. Finally, Sutton Wharf serves a great selection of snacks and light meals. If you’re planning to do this walk please check the opening times as they change with the season.
Approximately 5.5 miles; Rating: Easy
10:00-10:15 – Sutton Wharf Car Park (cost is currently £2.50 all day but please check details on arrival)
10:15-11:45 – Sutton Wharf to Market Bosworth – ideal for a coffee stop if you wish
12:15-13:00 – Market Bosworth to Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Site
13:30-14:00 – Bosworth Battlefield to Sutton Wharf for some light refreshments or a full meal.
Timings for this walk are approximate and may change at short notice. However, if you’re interested in joining for all or any part of this walk, please contact me beforehand so that we can keep in touch.
Route Description – Short Circular Walk, Sutton Wharf
These are brief instructions should you wish to follow this route yourself in the future.
- If parking in the car park, please remember that it is a pay and display car park with a charge (£2.50 all day at the time of writing). As an alternative you should find parking in Sutton Cheney and you could start/finish the walk there.
- Exit the car park on the main road and turn left towards Sutton Cheney. Continue straight through the village looking out for the footpath signs for a left turn – almost at the end of the village.
- Here you’re picking up the Leicestershire Round and this is fairly well signposted up to Market Bosworth.
- You’ll enter Market Bosworth in a delightful country park. As you get near to the road, you’ll turn left to exit the park. Follow Rectory Lane towards the town centre. At the T-Junction you have an optional detour:
- Turn right and walk up to Market Square where you’ll find the most delightful tea room: Maison Rose Cafe which serves amazing cakes. There are only a few seats outside unfortunately and it gets very busy inside. If eating in, they’ll offer you shoe covers for muddy boots. Afterwards return to the end of Rectory Lane and resume the route.
- Simply turn left if you’re not salivating at Maison Rose cake selection
- Follow this road more or less due South for almost 3/4 mile. Lookout for the footpath sign on your right where you’ll turn to enter some fields.
- Continue following footpath signs going across or round several fields. Soon, you’ll see the flags for the Bosworth Heritage Centre. Keep them in mind as you’re following the footpaths.
- You’ll then take the track up to the Heritage Centre and maybe stop for a wander around the site and/or the shop.
- As you get near the Centre, you’ll see a clearly marked footpath sign to the right but you need to go to the right side of the building and go around it keeping the building on your left. You’ll then see the signs for Leicestershire Round continuing South.
- Follow “The Round” into Ambion Woods. As you get near to the canal, turn left and back to the car park for some more refreshments perhaps.
The cafe is open almost all year round, but opening times vary with the season. Please check the times beforehand if you want to eat. This is a really beautiful spot and quite popular too. There is limited seating space inside but there are plenty of tables outside. You’ll find the hospitality there very welcoming with a good selection of cakes, snacks and meals on offer. They stop serving hot food about 1 hour before closing so keep that in mind.
I hope you do find time to follow this lovely walk. If so, please comment below afterwards to let me know how you got on. In particular if you found any part of the walk unclear, say so and I’ll amend this description accordingly.