The Leicester Ring
The Leicester Ring is a great two week cruise for most boaters and covers some beautiful East Midlands countryside using a wide mixture of narrow canal, broad canal and river navigations. There are famous canal towns and lots of lock flights, tunnels, aqueducts and canal heritage to keep all the crew interested.
- The Trent & Mersey Canal runs eastwards from the popular Fradley Junction into fairly flat countryside close to the River Trent through Burton on Trent and the interesting canal port of Shardlow to the Trent which must then be followed downstream for about 2 miles to Trent Lock.
- The Grand Union Leicester Section is mostly rural and follows the course of the very attractive River Soar for much of the way from the River Trent to Leicester, take care around the weirs when levels are high. It was built as a broad waterway but there are flights of narrow locks at Foxton and Watford, an economy measure when funds were running low.
- The North Oxford Canal is followed from near the waterways centre of Braunston through the busiest locks on the system at Hillmorton near Rugby to the sharp and interesting Hawkesbury Junction, traditionally known as ‘Sutton Stop’.
- The Coventry Canal was once busy with coal traffic from the many pits which lined the route, all long closed and mostly lost to view unless you know where to look. The lock free Ashby Canal is well worth a detour to spend a peaceful few days.