River Soar

The River Soar runs from Trent Lock to Birstall, where it meets the Leicester arm of the Grand Union Canal. The river passes through some beautiful countryside, delightful villages and towns and the city of Loughborough.

swan & cygnet

Trent Lock

Ratcliffe on Soar

  • Moorings above Ratcliffe Lock, Bridge 46
  • Redhill Marina. NG11 0EB. 01509 672770
  • rail: East Midlands Parkway. NG11 0EB. East Midland Trains
  • Holy Trinity Church. Kegworth Rd. NG11 0EA. 0115 983 0608

Kegworth

  • Co-Operative Food. 9 Market Place. DE74 2EE. 01509 672301

Zouch

  • There are no shops in Zouch, but from Bridge 44, a very pleasant 25 min walk over fields takes you to Sutton Bonnington with a convenience store and 2 more pubs!
  • Moorings outside pub, or plenty on towpath side before lock.

 

  • Zouch Marina. 26 Rempstone Rd. Hathern. LE12 5JN. 01509 844415
  • buses: Skylink Nottingham - to Nottingham/Loughborough
  • Rose & Crown. 6 Main St. LE12 5EQ. 01509 842240 (Good food, Garden, Karaoke) *R
  • See also navigation note above

Normanton on Soar

  • Moorings outside pub (not on towpath side) Chain Ferry Weekends Apr-Sept
  • Chain Ferry. 07487 252784 (upstream of church) Volunteer run Sat/Sun 10-4.30 Apr-Sept. £1.
  • Community Shop. Main St. LE12 5HB. (Cut through Pub, turn right & it's on the left)
  • Plough Inn. Main St. LE12 5HB. 01509 842228 (Riverside, Moorings, Outdoor seating)

Loughborough

  • Plentiful Moorings: Boat Inn, Basin, & before Albion Pub (now obsolete)
  • Waterpoint outside Boat Inn; Water,Toilets, Showers & Elsan in Basin.
  • Halifax. 27-28 Swan St. LE11 5BS. 0345 600 3934
  • Lloyds. 37-38 High St. LE11 2QG. 0345 300 0000
  • Loughborough PO. 10 High St. LE11 2PY. 01509 233968
  • Nationwide. 29 Swan St. LE11 5BY. 0800 554 0520
  • Travelodge. 4 Bridge St. LE11 1NQ. 0871 984 6252
  • Aldi: 51 Belton Rd. LE111JA. 0800 042 0800
  • Sainsbury's Superstore. Greenclose Lane. LE11 5AS. 01509 237724
  • Tesco Rushes Superstore. 1 The Rushes. LE11 5BE. 0345 677 9908
  • Loughborough. LE11 1HW. East Midlands Trains.

Barrow upon Soar

  • Barrow Upon Soar PO. 9 High St. LE12 8PY. 01509 412314
  • Co-operative Food. 19-21 High St. LE12 8PY. 01509 413190
  • Buses: 127  Bus 2 to Loughborough/Leicester
  • Rail: Barrow upon Soar Station. LE12 8NP. East Midland Trains
  • Holy Trinity Church. 15 Church St. LE12 8HP. 01509 412014

Mountsorrel

  • (Mountsorrel is a 'stretched out' village with Sileby Rd & Market Place in middle, Loughborough Rd to the right, and Leicester Rd to the left. Walkable, but check map)
  • Moorings outside Waterside Inn or just after lock on same side as pub (Be careful...)
  • Mountsorrel PO. 77 Leicester Rd. LE12 7AJ. 0116 230 2242 (No parcels or poste restante)
  • The Hair & Beauty Gallery. 34 Market Place. LE12 7BA. 0116 230 3695
  • New Dimensions. 50 Market Place. LE12 7BA. 0116 230 4415
  • Mister Paul's Men's Barbers. 34a Market Place. LE12 7BA. 0116 230 3685
  • Riverbank B&B. 7 Sileby Rd. LE12 7BB. 0116 230 3879
  • Waitrose. Granite Way. LE12 7TZ. 01509 415304
  • Bennett's Bait & Tackle. 9 Market Place. LE12 7BA. 0116 237 6542
  • Buttermarket Off Licence. 7 Market Place. LE12 7BA. 0116 230 2563
  • The Paper Shop. 79 Leicester Rd. LE12 7AJ. 0116 230 2491
  • The Pine Shop. 7 Loughborough Rd. LE12 7AP. 0116 230 2772
  • Buses: 127 to Leicester; Bus 27 to Thurmaston
  • Butter Market Cafe. 34 Market Place. LE12 7BA. 0116 210 6112
  • Farmer's Den. Stonehurst Family Farm. Bond Lane. LE12 7AA. 01509 413216
  • John's House. 139-141 Loughborough Rd. LE12 7AR. (Fine Dining)
  • Mountsorrel WMC. 73 Leicester Rd. LE12 7AJ. 0116 230 2130 (visitors welcome)
  • Noorjahan. 63b Leicester Rd. LE12 7AJ. 0116 230 1223
  • Perfect Wok. 52 Loughborough Rd. LE12 7AT. 0116 230 3507
  • Rising Sun. 214 Loughborough Rd. LE12 7AX. 01509 412480
  • Spice Cube. 17 Loughborough Rd. LE12 7AP. 0116 230 2395 (take your own alcohol) *R
  • The Spotted Duck Restaurant. 61 Leicester Rd. LE12 7AJ. 0116 237 6571 (British)
  • Swan Inn. 10 Loughborough Rd. LE12 7AT. 0116 230 2340 (C17th pub, food, gardens)*R
  • Waterside Inn. Sileby Rd. LE12 7BB. 0116 230 2758 (extensive riverside seating)
  • St Peter's Church. 1 Loughborough Rd. LE12 7AP. 0116 230 2235

Sileby

  • Moorings opposite Sileby Mill. Cross & walk down Mill Lane for village (1mile)
  • Services available @ Sileby Mill - Diesel, Elsan, Water, Chandlery
  • Sileby PO. 95 Swan St. LE12 7NN. 01509 814826
  • Costcutter. 112-114 Barrow Rd. LE12 7LP. 01509 815739
  • Tesco Express. High St. LE12 7RX. 0345 026 9114
  • Cafe Nineteen. 19 High St. LE12 7RX. 01509 768055
  • Free Trade Inn. 27 Cossington Rd. LE12 7RW. 01509 814494
  • Great Wall. 5 King St. LE12 7LZ. 01509 814814 (takeaway)
  • The Green Place. 6 Cossington Rd. LE12 7RW. 01509 815181
  • Horse & Trumpet. 4 Barrow Rd. LE12 7LP. 01509 812549
  • Rock n Rolls. 8 Barrow Rd. LE12 7LP. 07709 088718
  • Sileby Cottage. 6 King St. LE12 7NA. 01509 812525
  • The White Swan. Swan St. LE12 7NW. 01509 814832
  • Yasmin's Tandoori & Balti. 37 High St. LE12 7RX. 01509 815050 (takeaway)

Cossington

  • Moorings by Cossington Lock

Syston

  • Moorings before & after Bridge 19. Water point outside Hope & Anchor pub.
  • Hobby Horse Farm. Glebe Way. LE7 1BA. 0116 260 6788 (Pub classics/daily carvery)
  • Hope & Anchor. Wanlip Rd. 0116 260 1963 (Waterside tables/Hungry Horse Eatery (No Dogs)

Birstall

  • Moorings outside White Horse just after Birstall lock, short walk to village & Co-op, although majority of shops further away...
  • 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
  • Co-Operative Foods. 19 Wanlip Lane. LE4 4JU. 0116 267 7915
  • Tesco Express. 139 Sibson Rd. LE4 4ND. 0345 026 9883
  • Birstall Methodist Church. Wanlip Lane. LE4 4JS.
  • St James The Great. Church Hill. LE4 4
  • St Theresa RC Church. Front St. LE4 4DQ.