We are located on the start of the Loughborough Section of the Grand Union Canal – a stones throw from Pillings Lock which is a flood lock to protect the canal when the River Soar rises. This part of the Grand Union offers uncrowded, wide-beam cruising and being so near a river, is rarely (if ever) affected by winter stoppages.

By rail
We are approximately 1.5 miles from Barrow upon Soar Railway station and 3.5 miles from Loughborough Station. Barrow has limited peak time trains and Loughborough has a full Midland Mainline service with direct links to Derby, Nottingham, Leicester, London St. Pancras and many more.

By Air
East Midlands airport is 12.5 miles away by road.

By Road (Brown Tourism signs are now in place locally)
From Leicester, take the A6 north towards Loughborough. After crossing the River Soar/Proctors Pleasure Park on the dual carriageway, take the “Quorn & Barrow upon Soar” exit.

At the roundabout take the first exit into Barrow Road and go over the A6, turning left immediately after crossing the A6 bridge into Flesh Hovel Lane. The marina is 0.4 miles down the lane on the right hand side.

From Loughborough, take the A6 or Epinal Way ring road south toward Leicester. After leaving Loughborough and joining the A6 Dual Carriageway, take the Barrow Upon Soar exit. At the small roundabout take the 1st exit towards Quorn and then turn immediately right into Flesh Hovel Lane. The marina is 0.4 miles down the lane on the right hand side.

From Barrow upon Soar, at the granite roundabout with the fossil monument on, head down the hill past Proctors Park and the Soar Bridge Inn. Keep going over the narrow bridge and along Barrow Road until you come to a small roundabout. Take the 2nd exit heading towards Quorn and then turn immediately right into Flesh Hovel Lane. The marina is 0.4 miles down the lane on the right hand side.

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Click on this link for the marina plan…

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3 Responses to “Location”


  1. 1 Tanya & Deefer the Ridgeback dog November 21, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Would be an idea to do walks from the marina! Circular walks, family walks, easy, moderate & harder walks, all-weather walks, wet walks, local walks from other villages, riverside walks – Oh the list could be endless! Let me know if you need help with it! Tanya & Deefer the Ridgeback dog.
    Hi Tanya – many thanks for your comments.
    We do keep a supply of the Heritage Walk leaflets/maps in our office for people to use on their hikes.
    Please pop in and collect one or two when you’re next here – normal office opening hours (closed Weds) and Saturdays 10.00-2.30pm.
    All the best!


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