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Grand Union Leicester Section

Description of Grand Union Leicester Section: Runs 66 miles from the Grand Union Main Line at Norton Junction to the River Trent, near Trent Lock.

History of Grand Union Leicester Section: Acts of 1776 (River Soar Navigation) and 1791 (Leicester Canal) and opened in 1794. The old Grand Union Canal, linking the Grand Junction to the Leicester line, was Authorised by an Act was passed in May 1810 and it was opened in 1814.
For more details see the History page.

Waterway Group: This waterway is part of the Grand Union Canal

Subordinate Waterways of Grand Union Leicester Section

Foxton Locks

Related Articles of Grand Union Leicester Section

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Related videos of Grand Union Leicester Section

  • The Grand Union Canal - Leicester Section , 0 minutes Produced by VideoActive, tape DVD. Order on video tape from Amazon . Order on DVD from Amazon
  • The Foxton Inclined Plane 100th Celebration , Released in 2001, 25 minutes Produced by Phantom Productions Ltd, A guided tour of the site of the inclined plane and demonstrations of how it worked. Available on tape. Order on video tape from Amazon

Related photographs of Grand Union Leicester Section

Related External Web Sites of Grand Union Leicester Section

  • Anglo Welsh A large narrowboat hire company with a good choice of bases and boats.
  • Peter Le Marchant Trust A registered Charity that since 1977 has provided day-trips and longer holidays for disabled and seriously ill people on specially-designed canal boats from their base at Loughborough.
  • Foxton Boat Services Canal-side boatyard and shop, situated at the bottom of the famous flight of 10 staircase locks, on the Grand Union Canal, Leicester Section.
  • Sileby Mill Boatyard Holiday narrowboat hire and day boats. Situated on the rural River Soar, part of the Grand Union Canal.
  • Luxury Afloat Blithe Spirit is a beautiful 58' semi traditional narrowboat for self drive river and canal holidays. Based on the River Soar between Loughborough and Kegworth at Zouch marina.
  • Weltonfield Narrowboats Ltd Marina and boatbuilding services at Welton Hythe on the Leicester Section of the Grand Union Canal.
  • Soar Boating Club Based at Normanton on Soar, Leicestershire
  • Foxton Inclined Plane Trust Foxton Canal Museum and Inclined Plane Trust giving details of this award winning museum, the Locks and Canal system.
  • Private Canal Boat Hire A 64 foot narrow boat based around Foxton Locks on the Leicester Arm of the Grand Union Canal.
  • Map of Charnwood Forest Canal This map was produced in 1791 by the canal's engineer, Christopher Staveley.
  • D & J Narrowboats Boat fitters, refitting and curtain-making services.
  • Chanel Narrowboats Boat builder based at Redhill Marina in Nottinghamshire.
  • Pillings Lock Marina Located on the start of the Loughborough Section of the Grand Union Canal - a stones throw from Pillings Lock which is a flood lock to protect the canal when the River Soar rises.
  • The Waterside Inn Lockside at Mountsorrel on the River Soar Section on the Grand Union.
  • Working Narrowboat Hadar Keith & Jo Lodge own and operater Hadar, selling coal during the winter on the Leicester arm of the Grand Union.

Related Cruising Logs of Grand Union Leicester Section

Other Related Pages of Grand Union Leicester Section

Lock Sizes and maximum craft dimensions of Grand Union Leicester Section: Norton Junction to Foxton Junction (the old Grand Union canal): Length 72 foot, beam 7 foot. Foxton to Leicester: Length 70 foot, beam 13 foot. Leicester to Trent Junction (the River Soar): Length 72 foot, beam 14 foot 4 inches. NOTE: For more details of maximum lock and craft sizes and the basis of these figures see Craft and Lock Sizes Page

Grand Union Leicester Section: Table of distances

Miles

Locks

Navigable (N)

Grid ref

OS Map No

Norton Junction

Junction with Grand Union Main Line Junction with the Grand Union Main Line

0

0

N

SP602656

152

Watling Street Bridge No 5

A5 Road Bridge

1.3

0

N

SP597674

152

Welton Station Bridge No 6

1.8

0

N

SP597681

152

Watford Bottom Lock No 1

Lock No 2 follows

2.1

1

N

SP592685

152

Watford Locks Nos 3 to 7

Locks 3 to 6 are a staircase.

2.4

7

N

SP592688

152

Crick Tunnel (South End)

3.8

7

N

SP591706

140

Crick Tunnel (North End)

4.6

7

N

SP594721

140

Crick Wharf Bridge No 12

Crick Village a third of a mile west.

4.9

7

N

SP595725

140

Cracks Hill Bridge No 15

5.8

7

N

SP592737

140

Yelvertoft Bridge No 19

Yelvertoft Village half a mile north-west

7.1

7

N

SP605750

140

West Haddon Road Bridge No 22

7.9

7

N

SP611742

140

Darker's Bridge No 23

Winwick Grange, Manor House, 200 yards south-east.

8.3

7

N

SP617742

140

Clay Barn Bridge No 26

9.4

7

N

SP614755

140

Elkington Bridge No 28

10.4

7

N

SP622766

140

Stokleys Bridge No 31

11.6

7

N

SP613783

140

Halfway Bridge No 34

Footpath west to Stanford on Avon 1.5 miles.

13

7

N

SP617793

140

South Kilworth Road Bridge No 37

13.8

7

N

SP617807

140

Aqueduct over River Avon

15.4

7

N

SP627824

140

Junction with the Welford Branch

Junction with Grand Union Welford Branch

15.5

7

N

SP627825

140

North Kilworth Bridge No 45

North Kilworth half a mile west.

16.3

7

N

SP626836

140

Husband Bosworth Tunnel (South-west End)

17.1

7

N

SP631845

140

Husband Bosworth Tunnel (North-east End)

17.8

7

N

SP641848

140

Theddingworth Road Bridge No 50

19.6

7

N

SP653869

141

Morton's Bridge No 56

21.8

7

N

SP680880

141

Gumley Road Bridge No 60

22.8

7

N

SP690891

141

Foxton Top Lock No 8

Locks 8 to 12 are the first staircase of the flight.

22.9

12

N

SP691894

141

Foxton Lock No 13

Locks 13 to 17 are the second staircase of the flight.

23

17

N

SP691896

141

Foxton Junction

Junction with Grand Union Market Harborough Branch Junction with Market Harborough Branch. Bridge 61.

23.1

17

N

SP691897

141

Debdale Wharf Bridge No 65

24.4

17

N

SP695915

141

Gumley Bridge No 69

Gumley village three-quarters of a mile south.

25.4

17

N

SP680915

141

Smeeton Hills Bridge No 70

Smeeton Westerby half a mile north

25.6

17

N

SP677917

141

Smeeton Road Bridge No 72

Smeeton Westerby threequarters of a mile east. Saddington three-quarters of a mile south-west.

26.6

17

N

SP666925

141

Saddington Tunnel (South-east End)

26.9

17

N

SP664926

141

Saddington Tunnel (North-west End)

27.4

17

N

SP659932

141

Kibworth Top Lock No 18

28.1

18

N

SP657944

141

Kibworth Second Lock No 19

28.4

19

N

SP660946

141

Taylor's Turnover Lock No 20

Kibworth Bridge No 75

28.5

20

N

SP661947

141

Pywells Lock No 21

28.6

21

N

SP661950

141

Cranes Lock No 22

Bridge No 76

29.1

22

N

SP658954

141

Great Glen Station Bridge No 77

Great Glen village 1 mile north.

29.8

22

N

SP649960

140

Newton Church Bridge No 80

Newton Harcourt to the north.

30.6

22

N

SP639967

140

Newton Top Lock No 23

30.8

23

N

SP636967

140

Newton Middle ( or Spinney) Lock No 24

31

24

N

SP634966

140

Top Half Mile Lock No 25

31.1

25

N

SP631966

140

Bottom Half Mile Lock No 26

31.6

26

N

SP626961

140

Turnover Lock No 27

Turnover Bridge No 82

31.8

27

N

SP624961

140

Tythorn Lock No 28

Langhams Bridge No 83

32

28

N

SP620961

140

Bumble Bee Lock No 29

Tythorn Bridge No 84

32.1

29

N

SP618963

140

Kilby Bridge No 87

A50 Road Bridge

32.9

29

N

SP610969

140

Kilby Lock No 30

Bridge No 88

33.3

30

N

SP604971

140

Double Rail Lock No 31

33.6

31

N

SP598970

140

Irving's (or Ervin's) Lock No 32

34.1

32

N

SP594977

140

Crow Mill Bridge No 92

South Wigston on north bank.

34.5

32

N

SP589977

140

Bush Lock No 33

34.9

33

N

SP583979

140

Little Glen Bridge No 94

B582 between Glen Parva and Blaby.

35.3

33

N

SP578982

140

Dunn's Lock No 34

35.8

34

N

SP571985

140

Blaby Bridge No 98

Blaby half a mile south.

36

34

N

SP568986

140

Whetstone Lane Lock No 35

Whetstone Lane Bridge No 99

36.3

35

N

SP565986

140

Gee's Lock No 36

Bridge No 101

37

36

N

SP557989

140

Blue Bank Lock No 37

Blue Bank Bridge No 102

37.4

37

N

SP561995

140

Kings Lock No 38

Kings lock Bridge No 104

38.3

38

N

SK566007

140

Freestone Bridge No 106

Aylestone on east bank.

38.6

38

N

SK569011

140

Aylestone Mill Lock No 39

Bridge No 108

39.3

39

N

SK577016

140

St Marys Mill Lock No 40

40

40

N

SK578027

140

Freeman's Lock No 41

40.3

41

N

SK579029

140

Upperton Road Bridge

40.6

41

N

SK580034

140

Newarke Bridge, Leicester

Close to City Centre

41

41

N

SK581040

140

West Bridge, Leicester

Close to city centre

41.1

41

N

SK581043

140

North Lock No 42

North Bridge No 6

42

42

N

SK580051

140

Limekiln Lock No 43

42.8

43

N

SK589056

140

Belgrave Lock No 44

Swan's Nest Bridge No 10

43.4

44

N

SK590066

140

New Bridge (A6)

44

44

N

SK591075

140

Birstall Lock No 45

45.1

45

N

SK598088

140

Thurmaston Lock No 46

Thurmaston on east bank.

46.1

46

N

SK608094

140

Bridge No 19, Syston

47.4

46

N

SK608113

129

Junction Lock No 47

48.3

47

N

SK603124

129

Cossington Lock No 48

Bridge No 21, road bridge between Rothley and Cossington, 1 mile to either.

49

48

N

SK594128

129

Sileby Lock No 49

50.4

49

N

SK592147

129

Mountsorrel Lock No 50

Bridge No 24, to Mountsorrel village.

51.4

50

N

SK582152

129

Barrow-on-Soar, Bridge 28

Village a quarter of a mile north

53

50

N

SK576167

129

Barrow Deep Lock No 51

Bridge 29, to Barrow-on-Soar village.

53.4

51

N

SK573172

129

Pilling's Flood Lock No 52

55

52

N

SK565182

129

A60 Road Bridge, Loughborough

56.4

52

N

SK542201

129

Loughborough Junction Branch

One furlong to Loughborogh Basin

57

52

N

SK532201

129

Loughborough Lock No 53

57.3

53

N

SK529206

129

Bishops Meadow Lock No 54

58

54

N

SK528216

129

Normanton-on-Soar Wharf

59.4

54

N

SK517229

129

Zouch Mills Bridge

60

54

N

SK509234

129

Zouch Lock No 55

60.4

55

N

SK502234

129

Kegworth Deep Lock No 56

63.1

56

N

SK491268

129

Kegworth Road Bridge

63.5

56

N

SK493272

129

Kegworth Flood Lock No 57

63.6

57

N

SK494273

129

Ratcliffe-on-Soar Lock No 58

65

58

N

SK481292

129

Redhill Lock No 59

Used as a flood lock so both sets of gates may be open.

65.8

59

N

SK492303

129

Junction with River Trent

Junctions with Grand Union Erewash Canal and River Trent Junction with Trent and Erewash Canal via Trent Lock.

66.1

59

N

SK491311

129

NOTE: N and U in the Navigable column above indicates that the node is navigable or unnavigable. If a D appears here it means that navigation is difficult or restricted to smaller craft.

 

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