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Leicester Ring

Two Week Cruise

Cruise North to Norton Junction and turn right onto the Leicester section of the Grand Union Canal. Cross the embankment and through the woods to the locks at Watford Gap. Here you will come across your first staircase locks where the bottom gates of one lock form the top gates of the next. After Watford Gap there is the twenty mile lock free pound pound across the summit to Foxton, this very attractive rural canal includes the Crick and Husbands Bosworth tunnels and the Avon Aqueduct. Arriving at the top of Foxton locks which is now a heritage site are the remains of the old steam driven inclined plane. The old engine house is now an excellent museum illustrating how the steam driven plane was built and worked.you can see where the old incline plane lift use to operate. At the bottom of the locks continue on to the left towards Leicester.

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This is a very rural canal where you see hardly any civilisation but there are several small villages just half a mile from the canal which are well worth visiting.

Through Saddington tunnel and on to the city of Leicester where you join the River Soar which flows down to its junction with the river Trent just south of Nottingham.
Up the River Trent for 2 miles and join the Trent & Mersey to Fradley Junction and then head south on to the Coventry and North Oxford canals.
Total hours cruising 107 hours

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