Leaving Atherstone we travel down 6 locks towards Polesworth and under the M42. Soon we arrive at Tamworth, we see some well-kept gardens, then two locks (very slow filling).
After Fazeley Junction we continue on soon passing farmland, after the village of Coton we pass an army shooting range, (looks like its disused).
A few more villages later and we travel alongside the busy A38 an old roman road.
Reaching Fradley Junction, which is very popular with Gongoozlers (spectators), you can see the Swan Pub a famous canal landmark.
We then turning right onto the Trent & 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, after a few miles we arrive at Burton Upon Trent, known for its Breweries.
One more narrow lock in passed through in Burton Upon Trent and after 7 miles we start to descend wide and very deep locks. Still in open countryside there are plenty of manmade lakes which are old Gravel Quarries.
After a few flood locks we join Sawley cut turning right towards Kegworth and Loghborough with two locks and plenty of gardens to see.
Passing Barrow-Upon-Soar we wind our way towards Leicester traveling up four locks, and to our right you will see Watermead Country Park.
Sailing through Leicester with a few large ornamental bridges and Leicester Football Stadium to our left next to a large weir.
After climbing eleven locks we arrive at Kilby Bridge where we are now traveling in open countryside with spaced out locks and then Saddington Tunnel (880 yards).
After 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 is the site of the incline 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 incline plane worked.
Now on the Market Harborough Arm we wind our way to our mooring in the Basin.