On the Water

Lakes, Rivers & Canals


Charnwood Water
off Tuckers Road, Loughborough, LE11 2PH
It covers an area of some 27 acres open to the general public. It has a car park and disabled toilets and is used for fishing and model boats.

River Soar and Grand Union Canal
Delightful walks along towpaths and waterside meadows.
North and south of Loughborough town

Six Hills Jet-Ski Centre
Reservoir dedicated to the wilder water sports
01664 434080

Watermead Country Park
Access off Wanlip Road, near Syston, Leicestershire, LE7 1PD - 5 miles north of Leicester city centre. The Country Park is nearly two miles long and as its name suggests it is a wetland area with over 12 lakes and smaller ponds. It is an ideal spot for walking, cycling, picnics, birdwatching, fishing or more active watersports. The largest area of water is King Lear's Lake, which is an excellent day ticket coarse fishing venue. Running through the Park are the River Soar and Grand Union Canal which provide an essential corridor for wildlife as well as a route for pleasure boating and walking.

Further afield

Holme Pierrepoint National Watersports Centre
Adbolton Lane, Nottingham, NG12 2LU
White water, canoeing, rowing, dragon boating in a country park beside the River Trent
0115 982 1212

Rutland Water
Europe’s largest man-made lake – a reservoir for Anglian Water and Eastern England.
Water sports, pleasure cruiser, fishing, sailing, wind surfing, 26 miles of cycling on paths round the lake with bikes for hire for children and adults. Bird sanctuary, breeding ospreys, cafes, rock climbing, picnic areas. A number of visitor centres, things to do if its wet, butterfly centre, Normanton Church

Staunton Harold Reservoir
Visitor Centre, adventure playground, fishing, sailing
Footpaths to Calke Abbey. Sailing club.
Staunton Harold Church built during Cromwell’s Commonwealth.
Ferrers Centre for Arts & Crafts
01332 965 408

Boat Hire and Marinas


Barrow Boating
Mill Lane, Barrow Upon Soar,
Leics. LE12 8LH
01509 415001

Meadow Farm Marina
234, Sileby Road, Barrow Upon Soar,
Leics. LE12 8NB
01509 812215 / 01509 816035

Peter le Marchant Trust
Narrowboats specially adapted for disabled people and seriously ill for day trips and holidays
Beeches Road, Loughborough
01509 265590

Pillings Lock Marina Ltd
Flesh Hovel Ln, Quorn,
Loughborough, Leics. LE12 8FE.
01509 620 990

Raynsway Marina Marina and Moorings
Pinfold Road, Thurmaston,
Leics. LE4 8AS
01162 606166

Sileby Mill Boatyard
Mill Lane, Sileby,
Leics. LE12 7UX
01509 813583

The Trip Boat Co
63 The Banks, Sileby,
Leics. LE12 7RD
01509 813311

Zouch Marina Slipway & Moorings
26 Rempstone Road, Hathern,
Loughborough, LE12 5JN

Further afield

Sawley Marina
Trent Lock, Long Eaton
Boats for hire and sale
Cafés, crafts, waterside relaxation
01159 077400