Leicester to Watermead Park

This is a largely traffic-free cycle and walking link from Leicester city centre, following the River Soar from Bede Park. The route runs for 7.7 miles north out of the city, ending at the tranquil wetland habitat of Watermead Park.

Pick up National Route 6 in Bede Park, just a mile from Leicester train station. The route winds along the banks of the River Soar and takes in a few minor roads before reaching Abbey Park, Leicester’s most beautiful city park.

From the west bank of the river, the route then guides you past the remains of Leicester’s 12th-century abbey and Cavendish House, a 17th-century mansion. Less than a mile, the rocket tower of the National Space Centre comes into view beside the towering Victorian red brick chimney of the beautiful Abbey Pumping Station, which houses Leicester’s Museum of Science and Technology. Both are well worth a visit.

Around the halfway point, you’ll enter the wildlife haven of Watermead Country Park on the Soar Valley floodplain. The park is a popular spot for birdwatching, fishing, walking and cycling. The River Soar and Grand Union Canal act as wildlife corridors to the park and there is no better way to see it than exploring it on foot or by bike. There are large lakes and little ponds, wildflower meadows and reedbeds, with BBQ spots, picnic areas and viewing hides dotted around.

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Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure you follow the Towpath Code.

Please help us protect this route

The Leicester to Watermead Park trail is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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