Average Time: 1 hour
Type of Walking: Parkland and woodland tracks
Refreshments Available: Picnic facilities, pubs and cafes in Market Bosworth village nearby
Starting Point: Market Bosworth Country Park, CV13 0LP
Published date: 25th July 2018
Market Bosworth Park and Arboretum
Market Bosworth Country Park is situated on the B585 close to Market Bosworth village centre. For Sat Nav users, the postcode is CV13 0LP.
From the car park take the hard-core path leading past the signboard just to the left of the toilet block. Follow this path across the park as it bears around to the right - ignoring a path off to the left that leads to the children’s play area. A short distance further on keep an eye out for a yellow footpath post in the fence off to your left. Bear left off the hard path, just after a memorial bench, onto a grassy track which leads you across to reach the footpath post.
Go through the small metal kissing gate and then bear right across the field, heading for another yellow post visible in the distance. After passing this next post you will reach a small wooden gate (it may be muddy here). This gate will lead you into a small open area with a large pole containing a raptor box on the far side. As you cross this area turn right onto the hard path which crosses it and then follow a pretty track that leads you through a section of woodland, passing benches on the way. You will pass by a signboard for the Birds Need Friends in Bosworth Project on your left and a Woodland Footpath sign on your right. Soon after these the path splits. You need to bear left here, just after passing by the bird feeding area. Follow this path, passing by a sign for the Leicestershire Round footpath which leads off to your left, and continue straight on with a rustic fence on your left hand side. You have now entered the arboretum which contains a wide range of native and exotic trees - the open areas are also carpeted with flowers in spring. This path leads down past the three Stew ponds, which were originally used for rearing fish. At the last of the ponds the path bears sharp right, over the stone bridge, and then sharp right again. You are now heading up a slight incline with a horse paddock visible off to your left.
As you near the top of the slope there is a yellow signpost and the path splits. Go straight on, following the Leicestershire Round arrow on the post, to reach the Bow Pool. Keeping the pool on your right pass by the wooden platform and follow the path around the pool to walk between a large stand of bamboo and an old boathouse. After passing the boathouse take the next path off to your left, turning your back on the pool.
Follow this path as it emerges into the open parkland and you will soon re-join the path that you started out on. Keep on this path, bearing left to the pass the children’s play area off to your right and then return to the car park.