GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Barrow upon Soar Walks

3 miles (5 km)

This village in Leicestershire has some nice river and canal walks to try. There's also a nearby lake and a fine waterside inn for rest and refreshment after your exercise.
This circular walk from the village visits the River Soar, the Grand Union Canal and the neighbouring village of Quorn. The route runs for just under 3 miles with some pleasant waterside footpaths. You can pick up the canal just to the west of the train station.
You can extend the walk by following a footpath south from Quorn to visit Swithland Reservoir, Cropston Reservoir and Swithland Woods. These sites are located close to Barrow and are a great place to extend your walking in the area. Near here you'll also find the expansive deer park at the popular Bradgate Country Park.


LE12 8LQ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Barrow upon Soar OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Barrow upon Soar Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Barrow upon Soar

  • Grand Union Canal Walk - Follow the towpath of Britain's longest canal from London to Birmingham on this fabulous waterside walk
  • Loughborough Canal Walk - A waterside walk from Loughborough to Leicester along a section of the Grand Union Canal and the River Soar
  • Swithland Reservoir - This pretty reservoir is located just to the south east of Loughborough
  • Leicestershire Round - Explore the countryside, villages, canals, rivers and reservoirs of Leicestershire on this interesting and varied circular walk
  • Charnwood Forest - This long circular walk explores the parks, woodland, hills, nature reserves and countryside in the attractive Charnwood Forest area of Leicestershire
  • Bradgate Country Park - Bradgate is a very large, 830 acre park located just outside the city of Leicester
  • Cropston Reservoir - Enjoy a waterside walk along this pretty reservoir in the Charnwood Forest area of Leicestershire
  • Swithland Woods - These woods in the Charnwood Forest have a series of good footpaths to try
  • Woodhouse Eaves - This attractive Leicestershire village has several local country parks and two nearby reservoirs for walkers to explore.
  • Beacon Hill Country Park - Explore 335 acres of mixed woodland, grassland, wildflower meadows and farmland on this country park walk or cycle near Loughborough
  • Watermead Country Park - This beautiful country park contains over 12 lakes and ponds, wildflower meadows, woodland, grassland and reedbeds set in 350 acres of parkland
  • Groby Pool - This walk visits the pretty Groby Pool and Sheet Hedges Wood near Leicester.
  • MartinshawWood - This walk visits MartinshawWood in the National Forest near Groby and the city of Leicester.
  • Mountsorrel - This Leicestershirebased village is in a great location for walkers wishing to explore the National Forest area of the county


The Navigation Inn is located in a great spot right next to the canal. On warm days you can sit outside and enjoy a lovely view over the water. You can find them at 87 Mill Ln, LE12 8LQ.

Dog Walking

The waterside paths make for a pleasant dog walk. The Navigation Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head a few miles west of the village and you could visit Beacon Hill Country Park. There's some good woodland trails and a splendid viewpoint with fine views over the area to enjoy here.
Just to the south is Mountsorrel where there's some interesting old quarries and a lovely riverside pub next to Mountsorrel Lock on the Soar.


The Grand Union Canal at Barrow upon Soar - - 238763

The Grand Union Canal at Barrow upon Soar

Barrow Deep Lock - - 2354583

Barrow Deep Lock

Grand Union Canal - - 516828

Grand Union Canal

Footpath alongside the River Soar, Quorn - - 1672298

Footpath alongside the River Soar, Quorn

The Navigation, Barrow upon Soar - - 2361329

The Navigation, Barrow upon Soar

The Old Mill and Stream Quorn - - 989932

The Old Mill and Stream Quorn

Barrow Gravel Pits 4

Barrow Gravel Pits. The Pits are a Site of Special Scientific Interest just west of the village.

Grand Union Canal south of Barrow upon Soar - - 516836

Grand Union Canal south of Barrow upon Soar. Viewed from a footbridge that carries the tow path across a weir. The houses are on Welland Road.

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