Travels in a VDub – Day 4

31 March 2014

I spent the night of 30th March at a campsite in Kingsbury Water Park at Sutton Coldfield. It is a holiday centre catering mainly for families with young children although there were activities available for older folk such as sailing and boating on the lake.

The following day I was still restless so I packed up and continued my way north on the M42. I had not got far when I spotted signs for the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre. This was the place where Richard III, the last British King to die in battle, met his end. His body was recently found when a car park was dug up in Leicester. Fascinated by this story, I deviated from my course and followed the signs.

It took me a long while to follow the signs but when I arrived at the visitors centre I was not disappointed. There was an interactive exhibition with plenty of information on view and also a chance to walk the battlefield. I declined the walk but was most impressed by the exhibition.

The Battle of Bosworth Memorial SundialThe Battle of Bosworth Memorial Sundial showing Richard III’s crown and Standard

View of Battlefield from Sundial
View of Battlefield from Memorial Sundial

There was still a dispute going on about what to do with Richard’s remains. Both the cities of York and Leicester have staked claims to keep them. The receptionist at the centre told me that while the legal battle raged on they were in a cardboard box in Leicester Museum.

I continued my journey northward. The M1 was slowed down by miles and miles of road works so that traffic speed was reduced to fifty miles an hour. After a while I tired of this so once again I diverted from my course to the Yorkshire seaside town of Scarborough as I was sure I could find a campsite there where I could settle in for the night.

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