Grand Union Leicester Line (Birstall to Foxton Locks)

The Grand Union Leicester line runs from Birstall to Norton Junction. This section looks at the more northerly stretch from Birstall to Foxton Locks and takes us from the lakes at Birstall through Leicester city (passing the Castle Gardens and Leicester City FC) and then south of the city through the picturesque Wistow Park area, and ending in the lovely basin at the bottom of Foxton Locks. A canal of contrasts!

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Birstall

  • ATM @ Co-Op. 19 Wanlip Lane. LE4 4JU.
  • Barclays. 119 Sibson Rd. LE4 4NB. 0345 734 5345
  • Nationwide. 127 Sibson Rd. LE4 4ND. 0800 554 1084
  • NatWest. 659 Loughborough Rd. LE4 4NT. 0845 788 8444
  • The Barber Shop. Front St. LE4 4DP. 07973 409715
  • Shapes Hairdressing. 291 Birstall Rd. LE4 4DJ. 0800 756 5606
  • Birstall Library. Wanlip Lane. LE4 4JU. 0116 305 8756

  • Birstall Pharmacy. 4 Whiles Lane. LE4 4EE. 0116 267 7001
  • Greengate Medical Centre. 1 Greengate Lane. LE4 3JF. 0116 267 7901
  • Medivet Birstall. 84 Sibson Rd. LE4 4NA 0116 267 3518
  • Watermead Country Park.
  • Co-Operative Foods. 19 Wanlip Lane. LE4 4JU. 0116 267 7915
  • Tesco Express. 139 Sibson Rd. LE4 4ND. 0345 026 9883
  • Birstall Garden Centre. 27-35 Sibson Rd. LE4 4DX. 0116 267 7091
  • Birstall Watergardens Centre. 19-35 Sibson Rd. LE4 4DX. 0116 267 6121
  • buses:Bus 22 (a,b or c) to Leicester. Stop by Garden Centre (same side) Every 20 mins.
  • buses:Kinchbus 2. (A6, bus opposite side rd) to Loughborough via Barrow & Sileby.
  • taxis: Birstall Cabs. 64 Front St. LE4 4DP. 0116 220 0002
  • Aroma Spice. 17 Sibson Rd. LE4 4DX. 0116 267 7458 (takeaway)
  • Birstall Fisheries. 1 Sibson Rd. LE4 4DX. 0116 267 4064 (Fish & Chips)
  • The Earl Of Stamford. Front St. LE4 4QD. 0116 267 5688
  • The Old Plough. 18 Front St. LE4 4DP. 0116 267 4836
  • The White Horse. White Horse Lane. LE4 4EF. 0116 267 1038
  • Birstall Methodist Church. Wanlip Lane. LE4 4JS.
  • St James The Great. Church Hill. LE4 4
  • St Theresa RC Church. Front St. LE4 4DQ.

Thurmaston

  • Boots Pharmacy. Thurmaston SC. 9 Barkby Thorpe Lane. LE4 8GP. 0116 269 4948
  • Asda Thurmaston Superstore. Barkby Thorpe Ln. LE4 8GN. 0116 264 5300

 

  • Thurmaston Shopping Centre. 9 Barkby Thorpe Lane. LE4 8GP.

Aylestone

  • Aylestone PO. 1 Earl Russell St. LE2 8LH.
  • Lloyds Pharmacy. 755 Aylestone Rd. LE2 8TG. 0116 283 2548
  • The Surgery @ Aylestone. 672 Aylestone Rd. LE2 8PR. 0844 815 1485
  • Co-Operative Food. 729 Aylestone Rd. LE2 8TG. 0116 283 1882
  • Tesco Express. 9-13 Lutterworth Rd. LE2 8PH. 0345 610 2683
  • car hire: Enterprise Rent-A-Car. 29 Lutterworth Rd. LE2 8PH. 0116 244 0808
  • taxis: Aylestone Taxis. 753 Aylestone Rd. LE2 8TG. 0116 233 8888
  • The Black Horse. 65 Narrow Lane. LE2 8NA. 0116 283 7225 (Pub Grub, Occ Live Music)
  • Kings Lock Tearooms. (Lock 38) Marsden Lane. LE2 8LR. 07722 542034
  • Lounge Cafe Bar. 733 Aylestone Rd. LE2 8TG. 0116 283 8000
  • The Ocean. 4a Lutterworth Rd. LE2 8PE. 0116 283 4764 (Fish & Chips)
  • Union Inn. 24/7 Middleton St. LE2 8LU. 07970 553424 (Sports Pub)
  • Wishful House. 6 Lutterworth Rd. LE2 8PE. 0116 283 8688 (Chinese takeaway)

Leicester

  • Secure Pontoon Moorings at Castle Gardens south of Frog Island Bridge, or new pontoon moorings north of the bridge
  • Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens. The Newarke. LE2 7BY. 0116 225 4980
  • Castle Gardens
  • Tesco (out of Castle Gardens, over bridge and Tesco is there...)
  • Soar Point. The Newarke. LE2 7BY. 0116 204 4911
  • Sumo. 54 Braunston Gate. LE3 5LG. 0116 285 6536 (Live bands. DJs)

Blaby

  • Blaby PO. 1-3 Leicester Rd. LE8 4GR. 0116 277 1482 (From The Heart Card & Gift Store)
  • HSBC. 1 Forge Corner. Enderby Rd. LE8 4FZ. 0345 740 4404
  • Lloyds. Crossway Houses. 13 Lutterworth Rd. LE8 4DD. 0345 300 0000
  • Santander. 9 Crossways Rd. LE8 4DD. 0845 765 4321
  • Blaby Library. Lutterworth Rd. LE8 4DW. 0116 305 3516
  • Lloyds Pharmacy. 1 Villiers Court. LE8 4HP. 0116 227 1408
  • Northfield Medical Centre. 12 Villiers Court. LE8 4NS. 0116 319 2203
  • Blaby Westfield House Hotel. 15 Enderby Rd. LE8 4GD. 0116 278 7898
  • Aldi. Brackley Court. Welford Rd. LE8 4HY. 0800 042 0800
  • Waitrose. 8 John's Court. Lutterworth Rd. LE8 4DJ. 0116 277 5158
  • Bakers Arms Inn. The Green. LE8 4FQ. 0116 278 7253
  • Blaby Chippy. 2 John's Court. LE8 4DJ. 0116 277 4624
  • Blaby Tearooms. 1A Lutterworth Rd. LE8 4DW. 0116 277 1677
  • Black Horse. Sycamore St. LE8 4FJ. 0116 277 1209
  • Chamelee Indian Restaurant. 2 Sycamore St. LE8 4FJ. 0116 277 1179
  • Coffee Bean. 5 Forge Corner. LE8 4FZ. 0116 277 2499
  • Coffee Cosmo. 2 Sycamore St. LE8 4FJ.
  • Double Dragon. 9 Enderby Rd LE8 4GD. 0116 277 4178 (Chinese Restaurant)
  • Fox & Tiger. 4 Lutterworth Rd. LE8 4DN. 0116 277 1166

South Wigston

  • South Wigston Launderette. 69 Blaby Rd. Corner Blaby St & Dunton St. (Coins)
  • South Wigston Health Centre. 80 Blaby Rd. LE18 4SE. 0116 278 2028
  • Two Steeples Medical Centre. Abington Close. LE18 4PH. 0116 288 2566
  • Well South Wigston. 64 Blaby Rd. LE18 4SD. 0116 278 5160
  • Co-operative Foods. 79 Blaby Rd. LE18 4BP. 0116 278 2815
  • Jacobs Bakery. Canal St. LE18 4PQ. 0116 278 5133
  • Milners. 50B Blaby Rd. LE18 4SD. 0116 277 5159 (bakers)
  • Tesco Superstore. Blaby Rd. LE18 4SE. 0345 677 9874
  • South Wigston Cycle Centre. 60 Blaby Rd. LE18 4SD. 0116 247 7900
  • Wigston Tackle. 93 Blaby Rd. LE18 4PB. 0116 278 8768
  • 1852 Brewery Co Ltd. 2 Station Rd. LE18 2DH. 0116 288 3031
  • Chip Stop Fish & Chips. 50B Blaby Rd. LE18 4SD. 0116 277 5599
  • Spice Of India. 67 Blaby Rd. LE18 4PA. 0116 278 6236
  • Tandoori Kitchen. 87 Blaby Rd. LE18 4PB. 0116 277 7294 (takeaway)
  • Wans Kitchen. 16 Blaby Rd. LE18 4SB. 0116 278 5407 (takeaway)

Kilby Bridge

  • Newsagents if you walk 15mins toward South Wigston (on main road)
  • The Navigation. Welford Rd. LE18 3TB. 0116 288 2280 (Fab pub, great food, dog friendly)

Wistow Park

  • lovely moorings looking out over Wistow Park (br78 - 79)
  • Wistow Rural Centre. Kibworth Rd. LE8 0QF. 0116

Fleckney

  • A well trodden and worthwhile walk from the canal across a field... (10mins?)
  • Summer 2017 towpath damaged & very overgrown so moorings limited around Br 73...
  • Fleckney PO. 14 High St. LE8 8AJ. 0116 240 2201
  • Nationwide. 3 Forge Close. LE8 8DA. 0800 554 0888
  • Inspirations. Saddington Rd. LE8 8AX. 0116 240 2020
  • Mirage Hair Designs. The Parade. LE8 8AY. 0116 240 2018
  • Fleckney Library. 8 School St. LE8 8AS. 0116 305 3585
  • Kibworth Health Centre. 6A High St. LE8 8AJ. 0116 279 3308
  • Parade Pharmacy. 8 High St. LE8 8AJ. 0116 240 2022
  • Co-operative Foods. 26-30 High St. LE8 8AJ. 0116 240 3636
  • Williams Butchers. 1 Main St. LE8 8AP. 0116 240 2407
  • Mercury News. 3 High St. LE8 8AJ. 0116 240 2234
  • Capital House. 6B High St. LE8 8AJ. 0116 240 3637
  • The Crown Of India. 6 Leicester Rd. LE8 8BF. 0116 240 4580
  • Fleckney Fish Bar. 24 High St. LE8 8AJ. 0116 240 2602 *R
  • The Golden Shield. 46 Main St. LE8 8AN. 0116 240 2366
  • The Old Crown Inn. 7 High St. LE8 8AJ. 0116 240 2223

Foxton Locks

  • Bridge 61 Laundry. Bottom Lock. 0116 279 2285 (Key from Bar for washer + tokens for dryer)
  • Bridge 61 Shop. Bottom Lock. 0116 279 2285. (Chandlery,Groceries, Meat to order)
  • Black Horse. Main St. LE16 7RD. 01858 545250
  • Bridge 61. Bottom Lock. Gumley Rd. LE16 7RA. 0116 279 2285 (Fab pub, food, canalside
  • garden. shop, chandlery, shower, laundry,dogs welcome)*R
  • Foxton Locks Inn. Bottom Lock. Gumley Rd. LE16 7RA. 0116 279 1515
  • Texas Steakhouse. 60 Main St. LE16 7RB. 01858 545964