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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.

Things to do nearby

Loughborough Mooring Rings Location

Facts & Stats

24.1 miles


The length of the River Soar that is navigable.

18 locks


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

HS2: River Soar

The River Soar would be affected by the HS2 proposals where the Ratcliffe-on-Soar Viaduct passes close to Redhill Marina.