We had been a little apprehensive regarding today’s trip. Various people had warned us about going through Leicester, but actually it was quite enjoyable. We were away by just after 7 o’clock and the first few locks were set in out favour. On arriving in Leicester we had been expecting rubbish strewn water and dereliction, but the water was crystal clear and the environs very pleasant. After the ‘mile straight’ we caught up with another boat, with a scottish family and their friend on board. They were very helpful and did most of the work at the next three locks. We stopped for a late breakfast just below Birstall lock. Then moved only a short distance to below Thurmaston lock. We moored here 9 years ago on Symphony.
It was very busy with people enjoying a Sunday walk/cycle ride around the water park. We went first for a bike ride including an ice cream stop. Then later after most people had gone home, we went for a walk around the lakes.