Grand Union Canal (Leicester Section - Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Union Canal)

The Grand Union Canal (Leicester Section - Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Union Canal) is a broad canal and is part of the Grand Union Canal (Leicester Section). It runs for 15 miles and 3¼ furlongs through 21 locks from Foxton Junction (where it joins the Grand Union Canal (Leicester Section - Market Harborough Branch) and the Grand Union Canal (Leicester Section - Old Grand Union)) to River Soar Junction (where it joins the Grand Union Canal (Leicester Section - River Soar Navigation)).

The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 72 feet long and 14 feet wide. The maximum headroom is 7 feet. The maximum draught is 4 feet and 6 inches.

Notable features of the waterway include: Foxton Locks and Saddington Tunnel

The navigational authority for this waterway is Canal & River Trust

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Foxton Junction
Junction of Grand Union Market Harborough Branch with Leicester Section
Foxton Junction Footbridge No 62 ¼ furlongs 0 locks
Foxton Bridge No 63 1¾ furlongs 0 locks
Pats Bridge No 64 3¾ furlongs 0 locks
Debdale Lane Winding Hole 1 mile and 1½ furlongs 0 locks
Debdale Wharf Bridge No 65 1 mile and 2 furlongs 0 locks
Debdale Wharf Boatyard and Marina 1 mile and 2¼ furlongs 0 locks
Debdale Wharf 1 mile and 5 furlongs 0 locks
Binleys Bridge No 67 1 mile and 5½ furlongs 0 locks
Gumley Footbridge No 68 2 miles 0 locks
Gumley Bridge No 69
Gumley village is three-quarters of a mile to the south
2 miles and 2½ furlongs 0 locks
Long Hill Bridge No 70
Smeeton Westerby half a mile north
2 miles and 4¼ furlongs 0 locks
Saddington Bridge No 71 3 miles 0 locks
Saddington Outlet
A feeder from Saddington Resevoir joins here
3 miles and ¾ furlongs 0 locks
Smeeton Aqueduct 3 miles and 1¼ furlongs 0 locks
Smeeton Winding Hole 3 miles and 3 furlongs 0 locks
Smeeton Road Bridge No 72
Smeeton Westerby three-quarters of a mile east. Saddington three-quarters of a mile south-west
3 miles and 4½ furlongs 0 locks
Saddington Tunnel (Southeast end) 3 miles and 5¾ furlongs 0 locks
Saddington Tunnel (Northwest end) 4 miles and 1¾ furlongs 0 locks
Fleckney Bridge No 73
Fleckney half a mile west
4 miles and 4¼ furlongs 0 locks
Ross Bridge No 74 4 miles and 6½ furlongs 0 locks
Kibworth Top Lock No 18 5 miles and ¾ furlongs 0 locks
Kibworth Second Lock Pipe Bridge 5 miles and 2½ furlongs 1 lock
Kibworth Second Lock No 19 5 miles and 2¾ furlongs 1 lock
Taylor's Turnover Lock No 20 5 miles and 3½ furlongs 2 locks
Kibworth Bridge No 75 5 miles and 3½ furlongs 3 locks
Pywells Lock No 21 5 miles and 4½ furlongs 3 locks
Pywells Lock Aqueduct 5 miles and 5 furlongs 4 locks
Crane's Lock No 22
Bridge No 76
6 miles and ¼ furlongs 4 locks
Crane's Bridge No 76 6 miles and ¼ furlongs 5 locks
Crane's Lock Winding Hole 6 miles and ¾ furlongs 5 locks
Glen Aqueduct 6 miles and 2¾ furlongs 5 locks
Station Bridge No 77
Great Glen village 1 mile north
6 miles and 5½ furlongs 5 locks
Ivy Bridge No 78 6 miles and 7¼ furlongs 5 locks
Wistow Road Farm Bridge No 79 7 miles and 2¼ furlongs 5 locks
Newton Church Bridge No 80
Newton Harcourt to the north
7 miles and 4½ furlongs 5 locks
Newton Top Lock No 23 7 miles and 5½ furlongs 5 locks
Newton Middle Lock No 24 7 miles and 7 furlongs 6 locks
Wain Bridge No 81
With accompanying pipebridge
7 miles and 7½ furlongs 7 locks
Wain Bridge Winding Hole 7 miles and 7½ furlongs 7 locks
Top Half Mile Lock No 25 8 miles and ½ furlongs 7 locks
Bottom Half Mile Lock No 26 8 miles and 4¾ furlongs 8 locks
Turnover Lock No 27 8 miles and 5¼ furlongs 9 locks
Turnover Bridge No 82 8 miles and 5¼ furlongs 10 locks
Turnover Bridge No 82 Winding Hole (site of)
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8 miles and 5¾ furlongs 10 locks
Tythorn Lock No 28 8 miles and 7 furlongs 10 locks
Bumble Bee Lock No 29 9 miles and ½ furlongs 11 locks
Tythorne Bridge No 84 9 miles and ¾ furlongs 12 locks
Tythorn Bridge Aqueduct 9 miles and 1¾ furlongs 12 locks
Cliftons Bridge No 85 9 miles and 2½ furlongs 12 locks
Ellis's Bridge No 86 9 miles and 4 furlongs 12 locks
Kilby Bridge No 87 9 miles and 6¼ furlongs 12 locks
Kilby Bridge Winding Hole 9 miles and 7½ furlongs 12 locks
Kilby Lock No 30 10 miles and 1½ furlongs 12 locks
Kilby Lock Bridge No 88 10 miles and 1¾ furlongs 13 locks
Double Rail Farm Bridge No 89 10 miles and 3¼ furlongs 13 locks
Double Rail Lock No 31 10 miles and 4¼ furlongs 13 locks
Knights Bridge No 90 10 miles and 5¾ furlongs 14 locks
Pochins Bridge No 91 10 miles and 6¾ furlongs 14 locks
Irving's Lock No 32 11 miles and ¼ furlongs 14 locks
Irving's Aqueduct 11 miles and 1 furlong 15 locks
Crow Mills Bridge No 92
South Wigston on north bank
11 miles and 3¼ furlongs 15 locks
Vice's Bridge No 93 11 miles and 5¾ furlongs 15 locks
Bush Lock No 33 11 miles and 6¼ furlongs 15 locks
Bush Lock Winding Hole 11 miles and 6½ furlongs 16 locks
Little Glen Bridge No 94 12 miles and 1½ furlongs 16 locks
Little Glen Footbridge No 94A 12 miles and 1½ furlongs 16 locks
Knights Bridge No 95 12 miles and 2½ furlongs 16 locks
Simpkins Bridge No 96 12 miles and 3½ furlongs 16 locks
Railway Bridge No 96A 12 miles and 3¾ furlongs 16 locks
Dunns Lock No 34 12 miles and 5¼ furlongs 16 locks
Blaby Bridge No 98
Blaby half a mile south
12 miles and 7¼ furlongs 17 locks
Blaby Bridge Winding Hole 12 miles and 7½ furlongs 17 locks
Wharf by Blaby Bridge No 98 (disused) 12 miles and 7½ furlongs 17 locks
Whetstone Lane Lock No 35 13 miles and 1 furlong 17 locks
Whetstone Lane Bridge No 99 13 miles and 1 furlong 18 locks
Navigation Drive Bridge No 99A 13 miles and 1¾ furlongs 18 locks
Navigation Drive Railway Bridge (demolished) 13 miles and 3¾ furlongs 18 locks
Handford Bridge No 100 13 miles and 4¼ furlongs 18 locks
Gee's Lock No 36 13 miles and 7½ furlongs 18 locks
Gee's Lock Bridge No 101 13 miles and 7½ furlongs 19 locks
Blue Bank Bridge No 102 14 miles and 2¾ furlongs 19 locks
Blue Bank Lock No 37 14 miles and 3 furlongs 19 locks
Soar Valley Bridge No 103 14 miles and 6¼ furlongs 20 locks
Kings Lock No 38 15 miles and 2 furlongs 20 locks
Kings Lock Bridge No 104 15 miles and 2¼ furlongs 21 locks
Packhorse Bridge No 105 15 miles and 3 furlongs 21 locks
River Soar Junction
Junction of GU Leicester Section and River Soar Navigation
15 miles and 3¼ furlongs 21 locks
 
 
 
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Booking information notice: Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal), Navigation: Open, Towpath: Open - Saddington Tunnel — from Friday the 10th of August, 2018 to Friday the 8th of May, 2020.

Wide Beam boats wishing to travel through the tunnel must book passage. 

Passage is available Monday - Friday at 8am only and must be booked 48hrs in advance.

Please call 0303 040 4040 and ask to be put through to the Newark Admin Team or you can email us at -  

enquiries.eastmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Tunnel length: 808m, travel time: 15 minutes

Notification sent Friday the 10th of August, 2018


Navigation restriction notice: Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal), Navigation: Open, Towpath: Open - Lock 18 - Kibworth Top Lock to Lock 22 - Cranes Lock — from Monday the 3rd of June, 2019 to Wednesday the 3rd of June, 2020.

Levels within reservoirs feeding the Leicester Summit and Grand Union Mainline are lower than usual for the time of year following below average rainfall over the last eleven months. In order to maximise the available water the Trust is taking the sensible precaution of locking targeted locks up overnight. This measure is intended to reduce the potential for water losses overnight and allow backpumps more time to transfer water from the Braunston Summit onto the Leicester Summit. Boaters also have a really important role to play and we ask that they help us to save water by making sure that all gates and paddles are closed after use, sharing a lock if possible and waiting for oncoming boats where appropriate.   For more water saving tips go to www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/a-guide-to-boating  

Notification sent Monday the 13th of May, 2019

 
 
 

Wikipedia has a page about Grand Union Canal

The Grand Union Canal in England is part of the British canal system. Its main line starts in London and ends in Birmingham, stretching for 137 miles (220 km) with 166 locks. It has arms to places including Leicester, Slough, Aylesbury, Wendover and Northampton.

The Grand Union Canal was also the original name for part of what is now part of the Leicester Line of the modern Grand Union: this latter is now generally referred to as the Old Grand Union Canal to avoid ambiguity.

Other Wikipedia pages that might relate to Grand Union Canal
[Grand Union Canal (old)] [Grand Union Canal 145 mile Race] [Union Canal] [Shropshire Union Canal] [Grand Junction Canal] [Grand Union] [Oxford Canal] [Hertford Union Canal] [Grand Union Canal Carrying Company]
Information retrieved Thursday 31 May 2018 at 16:40