2007 Leicester, Basingstoke, K A, Fradley +Market Harborough, Welford, Aylesbury, Thames head, Ashby 461hrs

(Best route from Shireoaks Marina to Shireoaks Marina via Leicester, Market Harborough, Welford Basin and Wharf, Soulbury Bottom Lock No 24, Aylesbury, Odiham Castle, Cumberland Basin Entrance Lock No 2, Inglesham, Ashby Canal Head of Navigation and Fradley Junction)

 

Week 1  6/5

From Shireoaks Marina to:

 

Worksop Town Lock No 50

2.31 ml, 8 locks, 0 bridges (2 hr, 30 m)

(total 2.31 ml, 8 locks, 0 bridges (2 hr, 30 m))

 

West Retford Lock No 58

10 ml, 10 locks, 0 bridges (5 hr, 47 m)

(total 12.31 ml, 18 locks, 0 bridges (8 hr, 17 m))

 

Retford Lock No 59

0.50 ml, 0 locks, 0 bridges (10 m)

(total 12.81 ml, 18 locks, 0 bridges (8 hr, 27 m))

 

West Stockwith

15.15 ml, 7 locks, 0 bridges (6 hr, 24 m)

(total 27.96 ml, 25 locks, 0 bridges (14 hr, 51 m))

 

Gainsborough Road Bridge

4.50 ml, 0 locks, 0 bridges (1 hour, 7 m)

(total 32.46 ml, 25 locks, 0 bridges (15 hr, 58 m))

 

Tail of Cromwell Lock No 11

26.38 ml, 0 locks, 0 bridges (6 hr, 35 m)

(total 58.83 ml, 25 locks, 0 bridges (22 hr, 33 m))

 

Newark

5.38 ml, 2 locks, 0 bridges (2 hr)

(total 64.21 ml, 27 locks, 0 bridges (24 hr, 33 m))

 

Meadow Lane Junction

23.38 ml, 5 locks, 0 bridges (7 hr, 30 m)

(total 87.58 ml, 32 locks, 0 bridges (32 hr, 3 m))

 

Nottingham

1.12 ml, 1 lock, 0 bridges (36 m)

(total 88.71 ml, 33 locks, 0 bridges (32 hr, 39 m))

 

Lenton Chain

1.38 ml, 1 lock, 0 bridges (39 m)

(total 90.08 ml, 34 locks, 0 bridges (33 hr, 18 m))

 

Beeston Lock No 4

2.63 ml, 1 lock, 0 bridges (1 hour, 4 m)

(total 92.71 ml, 35 locks, 0 bridges (34 hr, 22 m))

 

Trent Junction

5 ml, 2 locks, 0 bridges (1 hour, 55 m)

(total 97.71 ml, 37 locks, 0 bridges (36 hr, 17 m))

 

Leicester

25.25 ml, 18 locks, 0 bridges (11 hr, 41 m)

(total 122.96 ml, 55 locks, 0 bridges (47 hr, 58 m))

 

River Soar Junction

2.50 ml, 3 locks, 0 bridges (1 hour, 27 m)

(total 125.46 ml, 58 locks, 0 bridges (49 hr, 25 m))

 

 

 

 

 

Week 2  12/5

 

56 hours

 

 

 

 

 

Foxton Junction

15.37 ml, 21 locks, 0 bridges (9 hr, 56 m)

(total 140.83 ml, 79 locks, 0 bridges (59 hr, 21 m))

 

Market Harborough

5.50 ml, 0 locks, 1 bridge (2 hr, 21 m)

(total 146.33 ml, 79 locks, 1 bridge (61 hr, 42 m))

 

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Foxton Junction

5.50 ml, 0 locks, 1 bridge (2 hr, 21 m)

(total 151.83 ml, 79 locks, 2 bridges (64 hr, 3 m))

 

Welford Branch Junction

7.37 ml, 10 locks, 0 bridges (4 hr, 20 m)

(total 159.20 ml, 89 locks, 2 bridges (68 hr, 23 m))

 

Welford Basin and Wharf

1.50 ml, 1 lock, 0 bridges (48 m)

(total 160.70 ml, 90 locks, 2 bridges (69 hr, 11 m))

 

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Welford Branch Junction

1.50 ml, 1 lock, 0 bridges (48 m)

(total 162.20 ml, 91 locks, 2 bridges (69 hr, 59 m))

 

Norton Junction

15.62 ml, 7 locks, 0 bridges (7 hr, 17 m)

(total 177.82 ml, 98 locks, 2 bridges (77 hr, 16 m))

 

Wolverton

24.67 ml, 15 locks, 0 bridges (10 hr, 54 m)

(total 202.50 ml, 113 locks, 2 bridges (88 hr, 10 m))

 

Soulbury Bottom Lock No 24

13.75 ml, 2 locks, 0 bridges (4 hr, 43 m)

(total 216.25 ml, 115 locks, 2 bridges (92 hr, 53 m))

 

Leighton Buzzard

3.84 ml, 4 locks, 0 bridges (2 hr, 1 minute)

(total 220.08 ml, 119 locks, 2 bridges (94 hr, 54 m))

 

Marsworth Junction

8.12 ml, 11 locks, 1 bridge (5 hr, 15 m)

(total 228.21 ml, 130 locks, 3 bridges (100 hr, 9 m))

 

Aylesbury

6.01 ml, 16 locks, 0 bridges (5 hr, 6 m)

(total 234.21 ml, 146 locks, 3 bridges (105 hr, 15 m))

 

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Marsworth Junction

6.01 ml, 16 locks, 0 bridges (5 hr, 6 m)

(total 240.22 ml, 162 locks, 3 bridges (110 hr, 21 m))

 

 

 

Week 3  19/5

 

112 hr

 

Berkhamstead Bridge No 141

6.75 ml, 15 locks, 0 bridges (5 hr, 22 m)

(total 246.97 ml, 177 locks, 3 bridges (115 hr, 43 m))

 

Hemel Hempstead

3.75 ml, 10 locks, 1 bridge (3 hr, 49 m)

(total 250.72 ml, 187 locks, 4 bridges (119 hr, 32 m))

 

Uxbridge

16.75 ml, 26 locks, 0 bridges (11 hr, 37 m)

(total 267.47 ml, 213 locks, 4 bridges (131 hr, 9 m))

 

Brentford Gauging Lock No 100

11.12 ml, 11 locks, 0 bridges (5 hr, 46 m)

(total 278.60 ml, 224 locks, 4 bridges (136 hr, 55 m))

 

Brentford (River Thames)

0.50 ml, 2 locks, 0 bridges (39 m)

(total 279.10 ml, 226 locks, 4 bridges (137 hr, 34 m))

 

Tail of Teddington Lock

5.10 ml, 1 lock, 0 bridges (1 hour, 17 m)

(total 284.20 ml, 227 locks, 4 bridges (138 hr, 51 m))

 

Kingston-on-Thames

1.80 ml, 1 lock, 0 bridges (47 m)

(total 286 ml, 228 locks, 4 bridges (139 hr, 38 m))

 

Walton on Thames

7.19 ml, 2 locks, 0 bridges (2 hr, 29 m)

(total 293.20 ml, 230 locks, 4 bridges (142 hr, 7 m))

 

Thames Meadow

0.65 ml, 0 locks, 0 bridges (10 m)

(total 293.85 ml, 230 locks, 4 bridges (142 hr, 17 m))

 

D'Oyly Carte Island

0.75 ml, 0 locks, 0 bridges (11 m)

(total 294.60 ml, 230 locks, 4 bridges (142 hr, 28 m))

 

Shepperton

0.17 ml, 0 locks, 0 bridges (3 m)

(total 294.77 ml, 230 locks, 4 bridges (142 hr, 31 m))

 

 

 

Week 4  26/5

 

143 hr

 

Town Lock No 15

0.88 ml, 1 lock, 0 bridges (30 m)

(total 295.64 ml, 231 locks, 4 bridges (143 hr, 1 minute))

 

Woodham Junction

2.13 ml, 3 locks, 0 bridges (1 hour, 21 m)

(total 297.77 ml, 234 locks, 4 bridges (144 hr, 22 m))

 

Wheatsheaf Bridge Woking

3.88 ml, 6 locks, 0 bridges (2 hr, 17 m)

(total 301.64 ml, 240 locks, 4 bridges (146 hr, 39 m))

 

Wharf Bridge Aldershot

13.87 ml, 23 locks, 0 bridges (8 hr, 36 m)

(total 315.51 ml, 263 locks, 4 bridges (155 hr, 15 m))

 

Odiham Castle

12.75 ml, 0 locks, 0 bridges (3 hr, 53 m)

(total 328.26 ml, 263 locks, 4 bridges (159 hr, 8 m))

 

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Wharf Bridge Aldershot

12.75 ml, 0 locks, 0 bridges (3 hr, 53 m)

(total 341.01 ml, 263 locks, 4 bridges (163 hr, 1 minute))

 

Wheatsheaf Bridge Woking

13.87 ml, 23 locks, 0 bridges (8 hr, 36 m)

(total 354.89 ml, 286 locks, 4 bridges (171 hr, 37 m))

 

Woodham Junction

3.88 ml, 6 locks, 0 bridges (2 hr, 17 m)

(total 358.76 ml, 292 locks, 4 bridges (173 hr, 54 m))

 

 

 

Week 5  2/6

 

174 hr

 

Town Lock No 15

2.13 ml, 2 locks, 0 bridges (1 hour, 6 m)

(total 360.89 ml, 294 locks, 4 bridges (175 hr))

 

Shepperton

0.88 ml, 2 locks, 0 bridges (45 m)

(total 361.76 ml, 296 locks, 4 bridges (175 hr, 45 m))

 

Shepperton Lock

0.09 ml, 0 locks, 0 bridges (1 minute)

(total 361.85 ml, 296 locks, 4 bridges (175 hr, 46 m))

 

Maidenhead

19.71 ml, 8 locks, 0 bridges (7 hr, 37 m)

(total 381.56 ml, 304 locks, 4 bridges (183 hr, 23 m))

 

Marlow

7.21 ml, 3 locks, 0 bridges (2 hr, 48 m)

(total 388.77 ml, 307 locks, 4 bridges (186 hr, 11 m))

 

Henley Bridge

8.10 ml, 3 locks, 0 bridges (3 hr, 1 minute)

(total 396.87 ml, 310 locks, 4 bridges (189 hr, 12 m))

 

Kennet Mouth

8.41 ml, 3 locks, 0 bridges (3 hr, 6 m)

(total 405.28 ml, 313 locks, 4 bridges (192 hr, 18 m))

 

High Bridge Reading

0.87 ml, 1 lock, 0 bridges (29 m)

(total 406.15 ml, 314 locks, 4 bridges (192 hr, 47 m))

 

Newbury

18.14 ml, 20 locks, 10 bridges (11 hr, 41 m)

(total 424.29 ml, 334 locks, 14 bridges (204 hr, 28 m))

 

 

 

Week 6  9/6

 

204 hr

 

Hungerford Town Bridge

9.06 ml, 11 locks, 1 bridge (5 hr, 40 m)

(total 433.35 ml, 345 locks, 15 bridges (210 hr, 8 m))

 

Devizes Wharf

26.91 ml, 24 locks, 6 bridges (3  left open) (14 hr, 43 m)

(total 460.25 ml, 369 locks, 21 bridges (3  left open) (224 hr, 51 m))

 

Bath Bottom Lock No 7

23.50 ml, 43 locks, 8 bridges (16 hr, 41 m)

(total 483.75 ml, 412 locks, 29 bridges (3  left open) (241 hr, 32 m))

 

Bristol - Bush Corner

16.70 ml, 7 locks, 0 bridges (6 hr, 31 m)

(total 500.46 ml, 419 locks, 29 bridges (3  left open) (248 hr, 3 m))

 

Bristol - Lloyd's Amphitheatre

0.08 ml, 0 locks, 0 bridges (1 minute)

(total 500.54 ml, 419 locks, 29 bridges (3  left open) (248 hr, 4 m))

 

Cumberland Basin Entrance Lock No 2

1.09 ml, 0 locks, 0 bridges (19 m)

(total 501.63 ml, 419 locks, 29 bridges (3  left open) (248 hr, 23 m))

 

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Week 7  16/6

 

248 hr

 

Bristol - Lloyd's Amphitheatre

1.09 ml, 0 locks, 0 bridges (19 m)

(total 502.71 ml, 419 locks, 29 bridges (3  left open) (248 hr, 42 m))

 

Bristol - Bush Corner

0.08 ml, 0 locks, 0 bridges (1 minute)

(total 502.80 ml, 419 locks, 29 bridges (3  left open) (248 hr, 43 m))

 

Bath Bottom Lock No 7

16.70 ml, 7 locks, 0 bridges (6 hr, 31 m)

(total 519.50 ml, 426 locks, 29 bridges (3  left open) (255 hr, 14 m))

 

Devizes Wharf

23.50 ml, 43 locks, 8 bridges (16 hr, 41 m)

(total 543 ml, 469 locks, 37 bridges (3  left open) (271 hr, 55 m))

 

Hungerford Town Bridge

26.91 ml, 24 locks, 6 bridges (3  left open) (14 hr, 43 m)

(total 569.90 ml, 493 locks, 43 bridges (6  left open) (286 hr, 38 m))

 

Newbury

9.06 ml, 11 locks, 1 bridge (5 hr, 40 m)

(total 578.96 ml, 504 locks, 44 bridges (6  left open) (292 hr, 18 m))

 

High Bridge Reading

18.14 ml, 20 locks, 10 bridges (11 hr, 41 m)

(total 597.10 ml, 524 locks, 54 bridges (6  left open) (303 hr, 59 m))

 

 

 

Week 8  23/6

 

304 hr

 

Kennet Mouth

0.87 ml, 1 lock, 0 bridges (29 m)

(total 597.97 ml, 525 locks, 54 bridges (6  left open) (304 hr, 28 m))

 

Reading Bridge

0.80 ml, 1 lock, 0 bridges (32 m)

(total 598.77 ml, 526 locks, 54 bridges (6  left open) (305 hr))

 

Day's Lock

21.71 ml, 5 locks, 0 bridges (7 hr, 5 m)

(total 620.49 ml, 531 locks, 54 bridges (6  left open) (312 hr, 5 m))

 

Abingdon

7.80 ml, 3 locks, 0 bridges (2 hr, 57 m)

(total 628.29 ml, 534 locks, 54 bridges (6  left open) (315 hr, 2 m))

 

Osney Bridge

9.41 ml, 4 locks, 0 bridges (3 hr, 41 m)

(total 637.70 ml, 538 locks, 54 bridges (6  left open) (318 hr, 43 m))

 

Inglesham

30.52 ml, 11 locks, 0 bridges (11 hr, 29 m)

(total 668.22 ml, 549 locks, 54 bridges (6  left open) (330 hr, 12 m))

 

Duke's Cut Junction

27.02 ml, 9 locks, 0 bridges (9 hr, 59 m)

(total 695.23 ml, 558 locks, 54 bridges (6  left open) (340 hr, 11 m))

 

Wolvercote Junction

0.75 ml, 1 lock, 0 bridges (30 m)

(total 695.98 ml, 559 locks, 54 bridges (6  left open) (340 hr, 41 m))

 

Banbury Lock No 29 and Lift Bridge No 165

24.15 ml, 15 locks, 18 bridges (15  left open) (13 hr, 10 m)

(total 720.14 ml, 574 locks, 72 bridges (21  left open) (353 hr, 51 m))

 

 

 

Week 9  30/6

 

354 hr

 

Napton Junction

22.31 ml, 22 locks, 3 bridges (1  left open) (12 hr, 50 m)

(total 742.45 ml, 596 locks, 75 bridges (22  left open) (366 hr, 41 m))

 

Braunston Turn

5 ml, 0 locks, 0 bridges (1 hour, 31 m)

(total 747.45 ml, 596 locks, 75 bridges (22  left open) (368 hr, 12 m))

 

Boughton Road Bridge No 59

9.60 ml, 3 locks, 0 bridges (4 hr, 18 m)

(total 757.05 ml, 599 locks, 75 bridges (22  left open) (372 hr, 30 m))

 

Hawkesbury Junction

13.22 ml, 1 lock, 0 bridges (5 hr, 31 m)

(total 770.27 ml, 600 locks, 75 bridges (22  left open) (378 hr, 1 minute))

 

Bedworth Hill Bridge No 13

0.90 ml, 0 locks, 0 bridges (21 m)

(total 771.17 ml, 600 locks, 75 bridges (22  left open) (378 hr, 22 m))

 

Marston Junction

1.90 ml, 0 locks, 0 bridges (46 m)

(total 773.07 ml, 600 locks, 75 bridges (22  left open) (379 hr, 8 m))

 

Ashby Canal Head of Navigation

21.81 ml, 0 locks, 0 bridges (8 hr, 44 m)

(total 794.88 ml, 600 locks, 75 bridges (22  left open) (387 hr, 52 m))

 

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Marston Junction

21.81 ml, 0 locks, 0 bridges (8 hr, 44 m)

(total 816.70 ml, 600 locks, 75 bridges (22  left open) (396 hr, 36 m))

 

Tuttle Hill Bridge No 23

3.42 ml, 0 locks, 0 bridges (1 hour, 22 m)

(total 820.12 ml, 600 locks, 75 bridges (22  left open) (397 hr, 58 m))

 

Atherstone

5.21 ml, 5 locks, 0 bridges (2 hr, 48 m)

(total 825.33 ml, 605 locks, 75 bridges (22  left open) (400 hr, 46 m))

 

Polesworth (Mill Bridge No 53)

4.58 ml, 7 locks, 0 bridges (3 hr, 12 m)

(total 829.91 ml, 612 locks, 75 bridges (22  left open) (403 hr, 58 m))

 

Polesworth Bridge No 54

0.50 ml, 0 locks, 0 bridges (12 m)

(total 830.41 ml, 612 locks, 75 bridges (22  left open) (404 hr, 10 m))

 

Fazeley Junction

5 ml, 2 locks, 0 bridges (2 hr, 19 m)

(total 835.41 ml, 614 locks, 75 bridges (22  left open) (406 hr, 29 m))

 

 

 

Week 10  7/7

 

406 hr

 

Whittington Brook

5.50 ml, 0 locks, 0 bridges (2 hr, 12 m)

(total 840.91 ml, 614 locks, 75 bridges (22  left open) (408 hr, 41 m))

 

Fradley Junction

5.50 ml, 0 locks, 1 bridge (2 hr, 22 m)

(total 846.41 ml, 614 locks, 76 bridges (22  left open) (411 hr, 3 m))

 

Horninglow Basin

10.31 ml, 11 locks, 0 bridges (6 hr, 17 m)

(total 856.72 ml, 625 locks, 76 bridges (22  left open) (417 hr, 20 m))

 

Derwent Mouth

16.51 ml, 6 locks, 0 bridges (6 hr, 34 m)

(total 873.23 ml, 631 locks, 76 bridges (22  left open) (423 hr, 54 m))

 

 

 

Week 11  14/7

 

424 hr

 

Beeston Lock No 4

6.87 ml, 4 locks, 0 bridges (2 hr, 57 m)

(total 880.10 ml, 635 locks, 76 bridges (22  left open) (426 hr, 51 m))

 

Lenton Chain

2.63 ml, 1 lock, 0 bridges (1 hour, 4 m)

(total 882.73 ml, 636 locks, 76 bridges (22  left open) (427 hr, 55 m))

 

Nottingham

1.38 ml, 1 lock, 0 bridges (39 m)

(total 884.10 ml, 637 locks, 76 bridges (22  left open) (428 hr, 34 m))

 

Meadow Lane Junction

1.12 ml, 1 lock, 0 bridges (36 m)

(total 885.23 ml, 638 locks, 76 bridges (22  left open) (429 hr, 10 m))

 

Newark

23.38 ml, 5 locks, 0 bridges (7 hr, 30 m)

(total 908.60 ml, 643 locks, 76 bridges (22  left open) (436 hr, 40 m))

 

Tail of Cromwell Lock No 11

5.38 ml, 2 locks, 0 bridges (2 hr)

(total 913.98 ml, 645 locks, 76 bridges (22  left open) (438 hr, 40 m))

 

Gainsborough Road Bridge

26.38 ml, 0 locks, 0 bridges (6 hr, 35 m)

(total 940.35 ml, 645 locks, 76 bridges (22  left open) (445 hr, 15 m))

 

West Stockwith

4.50 ml, 0 locks, 0 bridges (1 hour, 7 m)

(total 944.85 ml, 645 locks, 76 bridges (22  left open) (446 hr, 22 m))

 

Retford Lock No 59

15.15 ml, 6 locks, 0 bridges (6 hr, 9 m)

(total 960 ml, 651 locks, 76 bridges (22  left open) (452 hr, 31 m))

 

West Retford Lock No 58

0.50 ml, 1 lock, 0 bridges (25 m)

(total 960.50 ml, 652 locks, 76 bridges (22  left open) (452 hr, 56 m))

 

Worksop Town Lock No 50

10 ml, 9 locks, 0 bridges (5 hr, 35 m)

(total 970.50 ml, 661 locks, 76 bridges (22  left open) (458 hr, 31 m))

 

Shireoaks Marina

2.31 ml, 9 locks, 0 bridges (2 hr, 42 m)

(total 972.81 ml, 670 locks, 76 bridges (22  left open) (461 hr, 13 m))

 

 

End

 

 

461hr

Total distance is 972.81 ml and 670 locks. There are at least 76 bridges of which 22 are  left open; 26 small aqueducts or underbridges and 10 tunnels.

Made up of 230.11 ml of narrow canals; 347.61 ml of broad canals; 176.93 ml of small rivers; 151.31 ml of large rivers; 66.85 ml of tidal rivers; 154 narrow locks; 468 broad locks; 47 large locks.

This will take 461 hr, 13 m which is 76 days, 5 hr and 13 m at 6 hr per day.

Turning places in route

Market Harborough

You can wind here

Welford Basin and Wharf

You can wind here

Aylesbury

You can wind here

Odiham Castle

You can wind here

Cumberland Basin Entrance Lock No 2

This is a wide waterway and you should be able to find somewhere nearby to turn an ordinary sized canal boat

 

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