From Pillings Lock Marina, we turn left heading north through a series of named and numbered brick-built bridges and open countryside. We arrive twenty minutes later at the outskirts of Loughborough, passing the Loughborough Sea Cadet Unit and the home base of the Peter Le-Marchant Trust on the left. Heading under two more bridges, we can see the sheds and old rolling stock of The Great Central Railway.Navigating under the old Central Railway Bridge and further into Loughborough, we pass the old Towles Limited hosiery factory, now sympathetically restored into apartments. Beyond the Nottingham Road Bridge no. 38, the top of Loughborough Parish Church on the left can just be seen. Under Meadow Lane Bridge, we arrive at the Boat Inn and onwards, passing little gardens hugging the water's edge, we approach Chain Bridge.lough A sharp right turn under Chain Bridge no. 39b takes us north to Loughborough Lock, the first lock on this journey. A left turn here would have taken us into Loughborough Basin
Now heading out of Loughborough through an industrial area, we shortly arrive at Bishops Meadow Lock. Through the lock and under Bishops Meadow Bridge, on the left we now pass through open countryside and further on, on the right, picturesque riverside bungalows. We are now approaching Normanton-on-Soar and the unique chain ferry which dates back to 1771. Normanton’s majestic church with one gravestone,looking over the river, towers above us.  Along the River Soar, we pass The Plough Inn, The Soar Boating Club and the weir. We then head under Zouch Road Bridge into the hamlet of Zouch and on to the riverside pub The Rose and Crown – and it's time for lunch!

 

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