The Leicester Section of the Grand Union is a narrow beam canal running from Norton Junction near Watford Gap to Foxton, and then wide beam into Leicester. It takes in the Welford Arm and the Market Harborough Arm where there is a smart new marina. There’s plenty to interest the canal enthusiast with three tunnels and two flights of staircase locks with sideponds. Alongside the Foxton staircase is the museum of the Foxton Inclined Plane Trust, now rebranded as The Boilerhouse. Upart from the conurbations of Leicester & Market Harborough there are few other built up areas on this delightfully tranquil passage through rural England at its best.
At Leicester, it’s all change as the canal joins the River Soar. This delightful, meandering non-tidal river passes through Leicester & Loughborough. You will see attractive river frontages and a profusion of wild flowers and waterfowl. Stay on your guard though, this river is prone to flash-flooding during heavy rainfall.
Beyond Loughborough, the river gets deeper and wider as it winds its way to the confluence with the Trent at Redhill near Nottingham.
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