The 7th artwork

As this is an art trail that tells a story, the trail itself must be designed as carefully as any one of the 6 artworks. In essence, the trail is the mother artwork that makes sense of the other 6.

Important things to consider are the vistas the trail affords between artworks, as well as the approach to and leave-taking from each artwork. How the land rises and falls, how the view opens out and closes in, whether an artwork reveals itself as a corner is turned or is visible far in the distance - all this must be orchestrated to help tell each chapter of the story. Ideally, integration of landscape, trail and artworks would by itself lead people through the story. In practice, this will need support in the form of signposting and by interpretation panels at each location. But the ideal remains: it is the job of the trail above all the other artworks to articulate the landscape.

The route, which uses existing rights of way, begins and ends at Market Bosworth, the largest town in the area and revolves around an axis centred on the existing Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre on Ambion Hill. These two locations host the final two artworks, which bring the story up to our own time. The events of August the 22nd 1485 itself are told by artworks along the heart of the trail, which weaves its way through Sutton Cheney, the battlefield, Stoke Golding and Dadlington - all locations overlooked by the Heritage Centre.

Our trail aims to achieve two things: to lead people through the 6 artworks and to offer an enjoyable day out in the countryside. Both of these things need to be available to people of all ages and abilities, whether physical or mental, so the trail must have accessibility and flexibility built into it.

At present, the route covers 12 miles of undulating countryside with a total ascent of 225 metres. Some of this is on tarmac, but most is on country paths, parts of which will need improving to deal with waterlogged ground. Allowing for breaks, an experienced walker in good health could hope to complete the circuit in a day. In addition, there may be the option of a longer route taking in the location, according to the latest archaeology, where Richard is presumed to have died.


But not everyone will approach the trail in this fashion. Local people, of course, can take it in stages. Others will want alternatives to completing the route on foot. And, needless to say, those unable to walk must be catered for. To begin with, each of the artworks must be accessible by car, which means a parking solution for each location. This could perhaps be tackled in phases.

Then there is cycle hire. We envisage docking stations in key locations such as the Battlefield Heritage Centre. By bicycle, the circuit itself could be completed in about an hour and a half.We have discussed the feasibility of reinstating a canal ferry to link Stoke Golding, Sutton Cheney Wharf and Market Bosworth.

It should be simple to connect to the existing Battlefield Railway between Shenton and Market Bosworth. And there could be further options - horses, land trains, even golf carts perhaps. Our ambition is to create a trail with options at various points where people can exchange walking for other forms of transport.