Leicester to Watermead Park

Route Details

  • To - From: Leicester to Watermead Park
  • Distance: 7.5 miles to Watermead Park
  • Type: Mainly traffic free
  • National Cycle Network: Route 6

Route Description

Pick up the National Route 6 in Bede Park just a mile from the Leicester train station.

The route winds up the banks of the River Soar and takes in a few minor roads before reaching Abbey Park which is a great destination in itself. The route then guides riders past the National Space Centre before continuing up the River Soar to eventually enter Watermead Park.

Sustrans has recently developed and improved a whole network of high quality cycle and walking routes around the 140 hectares of Watermead Park. To find out more about what we did click here

The park is a wildlife haven and a popular spot for bird watching, 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.

King Lear's Lake, John Merrick's Lake and the Lily Pond are used for fishing during the Open Season (1st July - 31st March).

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This area map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area. 

This is a largely traffic-free cycle link from Leicester City Centre to the tranquil Watermead Park. This route begins in Bede park and runs for 7.5 miles north out of the city, through Watermead Park, and over the fantastic Wreake cycle bridge to Syston Road.   

8 miles