This programme has been completely renewed in 2009 with new script and all new filming in wide screen format. It takes you on a 66 mile journey along one of the most scenic and peaceful of all our canal routes.
The Leicester Section of the Grand Union runs from Norton junction near Watford Gap to Leicester, and takes in the Welford Arm and Market Harborough Arm. There's plenty to interest the canal boater, with three tunnels, two staircase flights of locks, and the Inclined Plane at Foxton. Apart from the two major towns of Leicester and Market Harborough, there are no other built up areas on this delightfully tranquil passage through the heart of rural England.
At Leicester, the canal runs in to the river Soar, and brings a complete contrast for the boater. A delightful meandering non-tidal river navigation, with attractive water frontages, and the profusion of wild flowers and plants giving cover to wildlife.
The river gets deeper and wider as it winds its way to the confluence with the River Trent at Redhill, near Nottingham. The refilmed programme is a delight to watch.