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Cruising routes details from
Union Wharf

Cruise 1 : Grand Union Canal : 4-5 night cruise

Cruise 2 : Grand Union Canal : southwards

Cruise 3 : Grand Union Canal : northwards


UNION WHARF Marina : Cruise 1

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Grand Union canal,

4 -5 night cruise

This delightful short cruise includes the famous Foxton locks, a flight of 10 locks in a staircase, and two tunnels, and is very rural, passing through just small villages as it passes through the beautiful Leicestershire countryside.

Start : Union Wharf
Finish: Union Wharf
Total Distance: 48 miles
Total Locks: 46 (inc Foxton locks 2 x10)
Cruising Hours: 27 hours

Cruise from Market Harborough - a quaint, traditional English market town that dates from 1203, up the Market Harborough arm of the Grand Union canal to Foxton.

The friendly lock-keeper will guide you through the staircase locks, stop for a cream tea in the canal side cafe or a well deserved pint in the Foxton Locks Inn.

Cruise down the canal through Husbands Bosworth Tunnel which is 1166 yards long, and then along the Welford Arm of the Grand Union so that you can moor up in Welford overnight.

The next day you can cruise back up the Grand union through the Foxton Locks again, and keep straight on .

The countryside is beautiful, and you can wake up in the morning right out in the country, with only the sheep and cows for company!

Just short of Saddington Tunnel & just a 15 minute walk away is the village of Saddington, which has an award winning pub – The Queens Head, in the main street & has superb views over Saddington reservoir, and serves a wide range of food.

Visit Saddington reservoir built to keep the canal well watered now a wildlife haven.
If you turn around at Kilby Bridge you will just enough time to get home again.

This cruise can be shortened to 3 nights if you turn around just before the Saddington Tunnel,
Total Distance: 28 miles
Total Locks: 22 (inc Foxton locks 2 x10)
Cruising Hours: 17 hours



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