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River Soar

The River Soar Navigation forms part of the Grand Union Canal, joining the Leicester Line of the Canal with the River Trent and the Erewash Canal.

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Facts & Stats

24.1 miles

(38.8km)

The length of the River Soar that is navigable.

18 locks

1778

Year opened

The navigation from River Trent to Loughborough was opened.

Part of the Grand Union Canal

Plans to make the river navigable to Leicester were mooted as early as 1634 but the navigation from the River Trent to Loughborough was only opened in 1778. It was extended to Leicester in 1794.

Waterway notes

Maximum boat sizes

  • Length: 73′ 2″ (22.3 metres) – Bishop Meadow Lock
  • Beam: 15′ (4.57 metres) – Thurmaston Lock
  • Height: 7′ 6″ (2.28 metres) – Little Moorlane Arch Bridge
  • Draught: 4′ (1.2 metres)

Navigation authority

Canal & River Trust