Grand Union South
River Thames Ring
Shropshire Union Cruise
Warwick & Leamington
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.
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