WELFORD AND RETURN FROM MARKET HARBOROUGH

 

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Union Wharf

The marina at Union Wharf has been redeveloped by British Waterways over the last few years. The marina is located at the northern end of Market Harborough - a quaint, traditional English market town that dates from 1203. You can enjoy delicious food and fine ales in the town's historic coaching inns or just potter around the market and the fine selection of family owned shops. From Union Wharf it’s just two hours cruising to the 'Leicester Line' of the Grand Union Canal.

Market Harborough – A market town mid way between Leicester and Northampton. Visit Welland Park, the town’s museum and the old grammar school, a 17th school built on stilts. Visit nearby Rockingham Castle built by William the Conqueror. If you need to entertain the children then visit Wicksteed Park one of the biggest and best playgrounds in Europe.

The town has may nice pubs, and shops. there is a antique and collectors market every Sunday in the market hall.

Eat at the Italian Restaurant based at Union Wharf Marina. Open 12-14.15 & 18.00 til late.

The Old Union Canal Society gives guided walks along the canal during summer months and follow the historic town trail.

You are welcome to stayed moored up in the Marina and use the car or public transport to visit the many local attractions
The Grand Union canal boasts an extraordinary variety of wildlife, from feeding herons, and hunting owls, to water voles. A number of diverse species thrive in this tranquil and often unique environment.

Route Info

Route Facts & Figures

Cruising Days : 3.00

Cruising Time : 15.50 hours

Total Distance : 29.00 miles

Number of Locks : 22

Number of Tunnels : 0

Number of Aqueducts : 0

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Cruising Notes


Day 1

The base at Union Wharf Marina is at the end of the Market Harborough Arm, & you need to cruise for about 2 hours (5 ½ miles) to get back on the the main Grand Union Canal.
It is a lovely rural cruise to Foxton which is at the base of the lovely Foxton flight of locks.

Foxton is the site of a steam powered Inclined Plane, which replaced ten locks and lifted narrow boats 75 feet. It was opened in 1900 but suffered from mechanical and structural problems. The locks were reopened in 1908 and now work beautifully. Whilst here visit the Foxton Museum and gift shop. The well stocked canalside shop offers you groceries, hardware as well as the traditional “roses and Castles” canalware, made and hand-painted on site.

Stop for a cream tea in the canal side cafe or a well deserved pint in the Foxton Locks Inn. Spend a couple of hours watching the colourful narrow boats passing through the staircase locks. British Waterways organise events based on Foxton Locks

Cruising time from Market Harborough to here- 2 hours

Day 2

On the 2nd morning walk along the tow path until you find the friendly British waterways lock-keepers by the Locks. They will take a note of your boat name & tell you roughly how long the wait will be to go through the locks, but there is plenty to do whilst you wait.

The Canal weaves its way through an remote but attractive stretch. There are no villages on the canal here, Husbands Bosworth being hidden by the tunnel.

Look out over the vale of Welland and to the nearby Laughton Hills. Slow down, cruise on and watch mile after mile beautiful and unspoilt countryside unfold .

Enjoy an easy cruise as the canal meanders through unspoilt surroundings passing through theHusband Bosworth Tunnel. The Tunnel is 1166 yards long and was opened in 1813. Stop and moor for a while, stroll into Husband Bosworth for a pub, newsagents and general store. The Bell Inn here serves Real Ale & food daily.
North Kilworth is off to your right, with a couple of pubs- The White Lion & the Swan Inn.

At the Welford Junction turn right up the Welford Arm an overnight mooring makes a pleasant stay with the facilities of the village close by, and you can spend your 2nd night here.
There is even a local on your doorstep – The Wharf Inn, with large well kept gardens by the River Avon. Some open air theatre functions during August. Nearby are the Welford & Sulby reservoirs – a public footpath from the village crosses the causeway between the two reservoirs that supply the canal & provides good views of the wildfowl on both.

It is 4.5 hours cruising to here from Foxton.

Day 3
Day 4
Turn around in Welford basin, and cruise back through the Foxton locks to Market harborough, which will take about 7.75 hours.
Moor up in the marina basin at Union Wharf, and enjoy the delights of the Italian restaurant

in the marina, or walk into the lovely market town of Market Harborough.

 

NB: This route has been provided as a guide only. Information may become inaccurate or out of date. You should always check with the marina that the route is possible within your time frame, current weather conditions and canal stoppages etc.

Boats

We have the following boats available to do this route

Dusky Lark (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Little Grebe (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Short Eared Owl (Sleeps a maximum of 10 People).

Spotted Eagle (Sleeps a maximum of 7 People).

Uw (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Burmese Blossom (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Buru Island (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Debbies Delight (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Eastern Promise (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Emersons Speedway (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Esther (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Joybringer (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Lady Constance (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Scotts Wonder Wultz (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Tuckers Octopus (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

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Pub Guide

Pubs available on this canal route:-

  Pub Name Pub Address Distance from Market Harborough More Info
The Sugar Loaf 18 High Street, Market Harborough LE16 7NJ 0.52 Miles Full Details
The Village Inn 101 St Marys Road, Market Harborough LE16 7DT 0.79 Miles Full Details
The Waterfront Restaurant Union Wharf, Leicester Road, Market Harborough LE16 7UW Full Details
The Shoulder Of Mutton 4 The Green, Market Harborough LE16 7EU 1.26 Miles Full Details
The Oat Hill The Oat Hill 31 Kettering Road, Market Harborough LE16 8AN 1.00 Miles Full Details
The Black Horse Main Road, Foxton LE16 7RD 2.13 Miles Full Details
The Bell Inn 2 Kilworth Road, Husband Bosworth LE17 6JZ 5.82 Miles Full Details
The Wharf Inn Welford NN6 6JQ 6.72 Miles Full Details

NB: Distances are as the crow flies and will vary for actual canal boating travel distance.

 

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