Exploring the Battlefield
The Naseby Battlefield Project has created a battlefield trail which will take you to all the key parts of the approach, the battlefield itself and the Royalist retreat. At each of these spots shown on the below map, there is at least one information panel and where possible a viewing platform, to give you the best possible view of the terrain.
An audio introduction to the battle:
Please move your mouse over the map for information and for more audio clips about the battle.
Please note that there is limited parking, and in parts, single track roads, So caution is advised when driving or walking the battlefield.
As a large proportion of the battlefield is on working farms, care must be taken not to trespass on private land, to leave gates as you find them, and to park without causing obstruction to roads or to farmers' gateways. Remember that modern farming machinery is huge! Please follow the Countryside Code
Once in the battlefield area there are relatively few footpaths, therefore, to see parts of the battlefield, you will have to walk on roads and look over hedges. People intending to walk the battlefield should be aware that even a little rain makes a lot of mud around here and walking boots or rubber boots are recommended. In addition a compass will be useful for orientation
It is possible to enjoy a visit without any reference material, however, to get the most out of the experience it is suggested that Ordnance Survey maps are taken. The 1:25,000 Explorer 223 is ideal covering the entire area of operations of 14 June 1645 as well as a good deal of the terrain over which the armies approached and departed, from Market Harborough in the north to Northampton in the south.
Alternatively, two of the 1:50,000 Landranger maps are needed if wider coverage but less detailed scale is wanted. Numbers 152 and 141 deal with the southern and northern sectors respectively.
A pair of field glasses or binoculars will be useful to identify features at a distance.
If leaving the car to walk, even the short distance between the lay-by and the Cromwell Monument on the Naseby to Sibbertoft road, be sure to lock it and secure or cover up any valuables.