GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Welford Reservoir and Canal Walk

7 miles (11 km)

This circular walk around Welford visits the local reservoir before a stroll along the Welford Arm of the Grand Union Canal.
You'll visit the attractive marina at Welford Wharf and follow one of the area's waymarked trails through some of the surrounding countryside. The village itself sits in an interesting positionon theRiver Avonborder betweenNorthamptonshireandLeicestershire.
Starting in the village you follow paths a short distance to the north east to to the reservoir. You can then follow a footpath around the water. The reservoir provides water to the summit level of theGrand Union Canalby way of the navigable Welford Arm. After rounding the reservoir you can pick up the towpath and follow it north west, past the pretty marina to the aqueduct and Bosworth Mill Meadow. This hay meadow is a 5.7 hectare biologicalSite of Special Scientific Interest. The main flora arecrested dog's-tailandcommon knapweed, withmeadow foxtailandgreat burnetin wet area. Here the canal branches off to the south west before picking up a section of Shakespeare's Avon Way to take you back to Welford.
The village is located a short distance from Naseby Field, site of the 1645 Battle of Naseby. Our Naseby Battlefield Walk takes you around the site and also visits Sulby Reservoir. Heading east from the village along Shakespeare's Avon Way will take you along the River Avon towards the field. The Jurassic Way also passes through the area and will take you north east toward Sibbertoft or south west toward Elkington.

Welford OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Welford Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The Wharf Inn is in a great waterside spot for some post walk refreshment. They have a lovely canal and river side garden where you can enjoy a meal outside on warmer days. You can find them at postcode NN6 6JQ for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The waterside trails make for a fine dog walk. The Wharf Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the west of the village you could visit the tranquil Stanford Reservoir. The reservoir requires a permit for access but is a lovely place for a peaceful stroll. There's also lots of birdlife to look out for on the water.
To the west of the town you can try the circular Lutterworth Walk which explores the valley of the River Swift. There's also some fine 17th century buildings and a local country park to see in the neighbouring market town.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Northamptonshire Walks page.

Photos

Welford Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 1743012

Welford Reservoir 1. Looking towards the reservoir overflow

Welford Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 546974

Welford Reservoir 2. The border of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire literally runs through the centre of this view.

Welford marina

Mooring area of the Grand Union Canal in Welford

Footbridge at Welford Marina - geograph.org.uk - 592044

Footbridge at Welford Marina. This is close to the end of the one and a half mile stretch of the Welford Arm of the Grand Union Canal, on the border of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.

Welford Wharf, Welford Arm, Grand Union Canal - geograph.org.uk - 1261082

Welford Wharf, Welford Arm, Grand Union Canal

Grand Union Canal near Welford - geograph.org.uk - 1351512

Grand Union Canal near Welford

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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