Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
Work for us
We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
The broad and gently winding River Soar meanders through rural scenery, passing quiet river meadows and pretty villages. It is a much-loved route for boats of all kinds, with narrowboats, river cruisers, canoes and dinghies all taking to the water.
5th Feb 2018 8:00am to 16th Mar 2018 4:00pm
Lock ground paddle repairs.
Top and bottom gate relining. Lock ladder repairs.
6th Dec 2016 12:00am onwards
Please be advised the previously reported sunken craft outside of Meadows Farm Marina has come adrift in the recent floods and its marked buoys detached. Please proceed with caution between Meadow Farm...
24th Nov 2016 12:00am onwards
The downstream lock approach moorings are temporarily out of action. Boaters are asked to use the moorings before the lock approach.
Boat Maintenance & Repair
Boat handling skills are taught at the Soar Valley Helmsman Training Centre to the R Y A inland waterways helmsman’s course standard.
All kinds of boat repair/servicing.
We are Roving Traders travelling the inland waterways on our narrow-boat Islonian trading as Flavoursfloat.
Idyllically set beside the canal, we specialise in good old-fashioned cooking. The tea room with a canal theme, offers a menu to delight visitors. There are over fifty teas & a variety of coffees. Cornish...
Two fabulous locations for your narrowboat holiday or canal barge break. Great prices, great escapes. Wonderful cruising opportunities.
Lock Island at Kegworth Deep Lock
Lock 42 North to Lock 52 Pillings Flood
Lock 52 Pillings Flood to Lock 53 Loughborough
Lock 53 Loughborough to Lock 56 Kegworth New
Kegworth Flood Lock 57 to Lock 58 Ratcliffe
There are lots of attractions along the river where it passes through north Leicester. The National Space Centre is a futuristic tower made of semi-transparent material, which reveals two rockets inside.
The historic Abbey Park stretches out on both sides of the river. It contains the ruins of a twelfth-century abbey and a seventeenth-century mansion, as well as lakes, formal gardens, a Chinese garden and model railway. Further along, there is more green space where the gardens of Belgrave Hall Museum also reach down to the river.
The River Soar is full of wildlife, including large numbers of water birds and coarse fish. It is also home to healthy populations of the endangered white-clawed crayfish, a protected species which is under threat from invasive American varieties.
Find stoppages, restrictions and other navigational advice for this waterway.
After years of failed attempts the Soar was eventually made navigable from the Trent to Loughborough by the Loughborough Navigation Company in 1778. When the potential of the nearby Erewash Canal was realised the navigational artefacts along the Soar were improved two years later to increase efficiency and for a time the Loughborough Navigation was the most profitable waterway in Britain. Extension of navigation beyond Loughborough increased profitability until the advent of railway competition led to decline, although commercial traffic continued for some years due to the proximity of the River Trent.
Chain Bridge marks the start of the former Leicester Navigation and takes its name from an older bridge underneath which a chain would be locked at night to prevent boats avoiding tolls.
The Soar is subject to flooding particularly after heavy rainfall and indicators on the bridge by the last lock at Red Hill dating from 1955 and 1960 eloquently indicate the need for flood protection precautions.
Legend once suggested the body of Richard III was in the Soar. Half a century after his death at Bosworth in 1485 his remains were said to have been ripped from his tomb and hurled into the river by a mob. However, this has now been proved wrong.
East Midlands Waterways
Find out more about the East Midlands Waterways, their most recent news and events.