After leaving Great Haywood, where we pass close to Shugborough Hall, the home of the Earl of Lichfield, which now belongs to the National Trust, we continue through a stretch of lovely countryside near Cannock Chase, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
At Fradley Junction, where you can see the Swan Pub - a famous canal landmark, we turn right onto the Trent and Mersey Canal towards Alrewas, now known for The National Arboretum, which was officially opened to the public in May 2001. Then we join the River Trent for a short time, and, after a few miles, we arrive at Burton upon Trent, known for its Breweries.
After one more narrow lock in Burton upon Trent and 7 miles, we start to descend wide and very deep locks, still in the open countryside. Throughout this area, there are plenty of man-made lakes which are old Gravel Quarries. After a few flood locks, we join Sawley Cut, turning right towards Kegworth and Loughborough with two locks and plenty of gardens to see.
Passing Barrow-upon-Soar, we wind our way towards Leicester travelling up four locks, and to our right you will see Watermead Country Park. Sailing through Leicester with a few large ornamental bridges, we get to see Leicester Football Stadium to our left, next to a large weir. After climbing eleven locks, we arrive at Kilby Bridge, where we are now travelling in open countryside with spaced-out locks and then reach Saddington Tunnel (880 yards).
About three more miles, we reach Foxton Junction, where we turn left passing the bottom of Foxton Locks (there may be time for a look around) with its staircase of ten locks arranged in two five lock flights. To the side of the locks, there is the site of the inclined plane, which was built to replace the locks, but was not a success, and fell into disrepair. There is a museum here which has exhibits demonstrating how the inclined plane worked. Now on to the Market Harborough Arm, we wind our way to our mooring in the Basin.