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Union Wharf in Leicestershire

The Canal Basin, Leicester Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire. LE16 7UW

Things to do from Union Wharf

Cruise down the Grand Union which meanders through some peaceful and rural countryside. pass through the Foxton Locks and visit Leicester for the National Space Centre.

Market Harborough - Located on the borders of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire this is a busy market town mid-way between Leicester and Northampton a branch of the Canal was opened in 1809 and joins The Grand Union Canal and The Grand Union Leicester Line at the nearby Foxton Locks

Foxton Locks - Situated on the Grand Union Canal the flight of locks at Foxton was built in 1810 by W H Gwynne a very popular location with boaters, walkers and cyclists visit the Foxton Museum or watch the colourful boats make their way through the locks. Visit the museum

Leicester - There are two waterways running through the town the the River Soar and the Grand Union Canal. No visit to Leicester would be be complete without a visit to The Golden Mile which is packed with shops and traders selling South Asian food, clothing and jewellery. The has been a Market in Leicester for over 700 years and it is now Europe's largest covered market.

Space Centre - The National Space Centre is the only visitor attraction solely dedicated to space learn facts and mythical information about the planets and go on an interactive journey through six stunning galleries to explore the Universe.

Crick - Nestling in the Northamptonshire countryside and on the Grand Union Canal once a year this picturesque and quaint village becomes a hive of activity when the annual Boat Show is held enjoy the free boat trips or stroll along the tow-paths to the many pretty pubs and restaurants.


By Road : Leave the M1 at Junction 20 and take the A4304 sign-posted Market Harborough.Travel for approximately 12 miles and you will arrive in Market Harborough.Follow signs for town centre. Turn left at mini-roundabout.

Follow one-way system and at T-Junction turn left.Leaving the town centre behind you go through a chicane and continue up the hill passing the 'Police station' on the left.

Just before the 'Union Inn Hotel' (pub) turn left and follow the road around until you reach the car park.The marina office is on the right hand side.

By Rail: The nearest rail station in Market Harborough is less than a mile from the marina. A 3 minute taxi ride or a 15 minute walk. For more information about train timetables and ticket costs please go to

By Air : Please use the train or National Express for transfers from airports. For more information please visit

Market Harborough Cruising Routes Map



Banbury & Return | Oxford & Return | Stoke Bruerne & Return | East Midlands Ring | Aylesbury & Return | Warwick & Return


Banbury & returnBanbury and Return Cruising Route Map

From Union Wharf 10 nights,5.75 hours per day, 90 locks

A relatively gentle cruise through pretty Cotswold countryside first takes you down the North Oxford Canal via Braunston and Napton Junctions and onto the South Oxford Canal, renowned for its meandering route to the Thames.


Oxford & returnOxford and Return Cruising Route Map

From Union Wharf, 14 nights, 5.75 hours per day, 126 locks

Continuing on past Banbury to Oxford. The “City of Dreaming Spires” needs little introduction and is an extremely popular choice for those who can stretch
their holiday to more than a week.

Oxford Tourist Information 01865 726871

Stoke Bruerne & returnStoke Bruerne and Return Cruising Route Map

From Union Wharf, 7 nights 5.75 hours per day, 48 locks

This is essentially a rural route that incorporates several very impressive tunnels including Blisworth Tunnel which is over 3,000 yards long!

The village of Stoke Bruerne awaits you as you emerge from Blisworth and we recommend that you visit the excellent canal Museum here. Milton Keynes is the next point of interest with its wealth of attractions.


Leicester or East Midlands RingLeicester and East Midlands canal cruising ring


From Union Wharf 14 nights, 6 hours per day, 101 locks

A pleasant two week cruise through parts of Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire which involves cruising on rivers as well as canals.

This route takes you up the Grand Union Canal to the Foxton flight of locks, then on to Leicester itself where you join the River Soar.

You continue along the Soar to Trent Junction, where you briefly join the River Trent which takes you up to Sawley. At this point you rejoin the canal system and complete the ring.


Aylesbury & returnAylesbury and Return Cruising Route Map

From Union Wharf, 14 nights, 6 hours per day, 130 locks

A good route for the first timer, through delightful countryside, taking in the Great Ouse Aqueduct at Cosgrove, Milton Keynes then arriving at Aylesbury, with the attractive old town centre just a short walk from the canal basin.

Warwick & returnWarwick and Return Cruising Route Map

From Union Wharf, 10 nights, 5 hours per day, 92 locks

A very popular week cruise with the opportunity to visit Warwick Castle
Tourist Information Centre 01926 492212

Customer Testimonial

We had a canal holiday 27th-31st March and would just like to say what excellent value for money it was and how enjoyable. The staff were always extremely helpful. J Wilmot

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