Leicestershire

Foxes Foray

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Overview

Leave Bradgate Park and head for Kirby Muxloe before arriving in Hinckley. Take your time in Bosworth, scene of Richard III’s death. Explore Ashby-de-la-Zouch before visiting Loughborough. Browse the eateries of Melton Mowbray before finishing your tour at Market Harborough.

Bradgate Park

Set in the Charnwood Forest and covering 850 acres Bradgate Park is an opportunity to escape the city and get back to nature. Take a walk, cycle ride, or enjoy a picnic as you explore the park taking in the River Lin and watching the deer.

Kirby Muxloe

The village of Kirby Muxloe contains the ruins of the fortification of Kirby Muxloe Castle. Visitors can explore the moat, corner tower and gatehouse of the 15th century manor house.

Hinckley

Surrounded by beautiful countryside, you can visit the market town of Hinckley to explore the history of the Hinckley Museum and the Triumph Motorcycle Museum. Then head for some of the independent boutiques and shops on the high street.

Market Bosworth

Another traditional market town, Market Bosworth hosts a clutch of independent shops, eateries and tearooms, as well as the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre that tells the story of how King Richard III lost his life in the Battle of Bosworth – which is marked by an annual re-enactment.

Ashby-de-la-Zouch

The small market town, often known as Ashby is home to Ashby Castle – which started as a 12th century manor house and became a castle in the 15th century. Explore the underground passages and climb the tower to get some amazing views.

Loughborough

The second largest settlement in Leicestershire, Loughborough welcomes visitors to a collection of shops, eateries and attractions including Bell Foundry – where you tour the world’s largest working bell foundry the heritage Great Central Railway and nearby Stoneywell, an arts and crafts house.

Melton Mowbray

Set on the River Eye and River Wreake, the market town of Melton Mowbray is famous for fox hunting, farming and food – think pork pies and Stilton Cheese! Visitors can also explore Carnegie Museum and Twinlakes Park.

Market Harborough

The market town of Market Harborough is home to a range of independent shops, stalls, cafés and restaurants. Visit Foxton Locks on the Grand Union Canal, Harborough Museum, Welland Park or the nearby Military Vehicle Museum.

Overview

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Bradgate Park

2
8.4 miles

Kirby Muxloe

3
11.0 miles

Hinckley

4
7.1 miles

Market Bosworth

5
13.7 miles

Ashby-de-la-Zouch

6
12.3 miles

Loughborough

7
15.0 miles

Melton Mowbray

8
24.0 miles

Market Harborough

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Twinlakes Park

Melton Spinney Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 4SB

Countrywide Paintball- Leicestershire

Burroughs Road, Ratby, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE6 0XZ

TeamSport Indoor Karting- Leicester

Unit 8, 2 New Star Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4 9JD

Travelodge Leicester Central

Travelodge, Vaughan Way, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 4NN

About the Foxes Foray Trail

Distance:91 miles
Cities / Towns:8
Number Of Businesses:4

Enjoy the open spaces of Bradgate Park before reaching Kirby Muxloe to explore the ruins. Head into the market town of Hinckley and enjoy the shops and boutiques before reaching the historic site of Bosworth, scene of Richard III’s death. Head off to Ashby-de-la-Zouch before visiting Loughborough where you can visit the Bell Foundry. Arrive in the “rural food capital”, Melton Mowbray before finishing your tour at Market Harborough.

Rural Food

From pork pies to Stilton Cheese and cream teas, the market towns of Leicestershire are a delight if you are looking for rural food and drink – relax in a choice of eateries and let your taste buds run wild.

Richard III

Richard III lost his life at the 1485 Battle of Bosworth, the last of the Wars of the Roses – find out more about the story at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and if you time it right you can catch the annual re-enactment.

Historic Castles

The trail helps you discover some of the historic castles of Leicestershire – step back in time and take in the castles at Kirby Muxloe and Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

Also Nearby

Twinlakes Park

Melton Spinney Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 4SB

Countrywide Paintball- Leicestershire

Burroughs Road, Ratby, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE6 0XZ

TeamSport Indoor Karting- Leicester

Unit 8, 2 New Star Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4 9JD

Travelodge Leicester Central

Travelodge, Vaughan Way, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 4NN