The Thurmaston - Waterside Inn Route 
8.4 Kilometres or 5.2 Miles in old money !

Downstream route through Birstall, Cossington & Sileby ...

Another very good introduction into the nature of The River Soar, a Downstream route... It has several weirs to navigate (or portage!), a winding river section going through Birstall Watermead Park & Past Sileby Mill etc. It's has open sections of the river which eventually takes you back to The Waterside Inn... 

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