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Waterways guide showcases new River Soar Trail

Published on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A NEW guide is showcasing fascinating walking and cycling routes along the length of the River Soar and Grand Union Canal.

The River Soar Trail is a 39-mile route of the river and canal through Leicester and Leicestershire, taking in places of interest and opportunities to explore further afield.

The trail, which mostly follows the route of the canal towpath, is highlighted in a new River Soar Trail walking and cycling route map, which includes ideas and activities along the river.

The River Soar Trail includes urban and rural landscapes in the city and county, from Foxton Locks in the south to Loughborough and Kegworth in the north. 

A colourful, information-packed leaflet showcasing the new trail has been published by the River Soar and Grand Union Canal Partnership, which comprises a range of local councils, charitable and voluntary organisations and other partners with an interest in the area’s waterways. 

Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “The waterways in the city and county are a fantastic natural resource, and one which we sometimes don’t make the most of.

“Bringing the whole route together as the River Soar Trail is a fantastic way to encourage more people to get out and explore the whole fascinating journey of the River Soar and Grand Union Canal through our city and county. 

“The waterways are a real oasis of nature in the heart of the city, with plenty of opportunities to enjoy wildlife, birds, and local nature reserves. I hope this new guide helps encourage more people to get out there and discover the delights of the River Soar for themselves.”

Sites of interest along the way include the city’s National Space Centre, Abbey Pumping Station, Abbey Park and the Great Central Railway, while in the county, attractions listed include the picturesque Foxton Locks, Wistow and Watermead Country Park.

Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet member for environment, Pam Posnett, added: “The River Soar Trail explores the county’s heritage, highlighting numerous places of interest and beauty.

“There are a number of opportunities to enjoy, whether it is walking or cycling along the many miles of towpath, or leaving the waterside to explore one of the many sites along the way. 

“Hopefully the leaflet will help people to take advantage of what is on their doorstep as well as highlighting what the city and county has to offer to people across the country.”

The new guide is now available from the Visit Leicester centre in Gallowtree Gate, as well as libraries and community buildings across the city and county.

Copies are also available by emailing and details are available online at