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The figures shown beside the routes are firstly the number of miles. Secondly the number of locks and finally the approximate number of hours needed to navigate between places marked.
Leicestershire Cruise

Canal boat hire on the Leicestershire Canal

Some lovely scenery. You travel the long winding Leicester summit to Foxton, down this famous flight of locks where the old inclined plane can still be seen. They used a steam engine to winch the narrowboats up the hill in tanks of water.

The old town of Market Harborough makes a pleasant detour; then on through Leicester and down the River Soar. Do not be surprised to see steam trains crossing Bridge 38: this is the Great Central Steam Railway. Turn sharp left at Trent Junction along the river to Shardlow then via the Trent & Mersey and Coventry Canals and the lock-free Ashby Canal to Snarestone and back then on south, skirting round Rugby and so through the 2048 yard long Braunston Tunnel to Weedon.

219 miles - 115 locks - 1 swing bridge - 5 tunnels; 7 1/4 hours navigating (an easy two weeks).

Places of interest for this route

  Recommended Guide Book for this route
Pearsons East Midlands 8.60

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