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Travel to Leicester - waterways, canals and rivers


narrowboats decorated for the riverside festival in 2004The Grand Union Canal runs through Leicester and attracts canal boat traffic.

Leicestershire's canals are a popular holiday destination.

The inclined plane at Foxton Locks attracts are large number of visitors. The site includes a Museum and there are places to eat and drink.

Find out about the history of Leicester and Soar navigations.

See photos of Leicester's Riverside Festival 2005.

decorated articles on a narrow boat at the riverside festival 2004


Leicester stands on the River Soar, a small river (compared to the Trent, from which its flows). The Grand Union Canal joins the Soar at Ayleston. the Soar is navigable by small craft.

The River Soar in the Hindu-dominated areas of Leicestershire UK has been approved as an alternative holy site to the river Ganges for performing funeral rites in Britain. After requests from the Asian community, the Environment Agency has approved ceremonies on the river in which the ashes of dead Hindus and Sikhs are scattered across the water.

Watermead Country Park

is a popular area for walkers, cyclists, bird watchers and people who just enjoy the open air. The park is home to a range of wildlife and is an important breeding ground for birds such as the oystercatchers and terns.

Off Wanlip Road

Phone: 0116 267 1944

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canal narrowboat at the Riverside Festival 2005

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