Canal and River Trust Walks

Join the Canal & River Trust as we learn about the history and heritage that flows through the city. A walking tour of notable sites along the towpath, that give an insight into how the River Soar supported and shaped the industry of Leicester we know today.

This walk starts at the Castle Gardens Maypole.

Join us to see the growing street art trail on the towpath throughout the city. Learn about street art culture, the artists behind the pieces and how they were designed and created. 

This walk starts at the Castle Gardens Footbridge

Join us on this magical, interactive story-walk and learn about the spirits that live along the canal. Suitable for primary children.

Come along and meet the magical spirits who live along the Canal. Who are they? Where did the come from? Why are they here? In this, interactive story-walk, you’ll be introduced to the spirits of the canal by Storyteller Matthew Vaughan. Match the characters with their fairy-doors and find out what stories they have to tell. The spirits await you so bring your imaginations and a sturdy pair of shoes for this short walk along the towpath, and see what message the spirits have for you!

This walk start Location is just off Abbey Park Rd footbridge.



Dress for the weather

Remember to dress appropriately for the weather. Our group walks will go ahead in most weather. We recommend the following:

  • Comfortable sturdy footwear
  • Bring a raincoat or umbrella in case of rain
  • On cooler days wear appropriate layers and a coat/jacket
  • On hot days we recommend a hat and sunscreen
  • Please bring a bottle of water with you.

Group size

We are allowing slightly larger walking groups once more to allow more people the opportunity to join in, but will still keep our group sizes manageable to allow space so that all our walkers feel comfortable attending the walk.

Covid-19 and group walks

Please help us to keep our walks safe. Please do not attend a walk if you have symptoms of Covid-19. During walks, we kindly ask walkers to respect the space of other walkers, as some people may prefer to maintain social distancing from others.

Self-guided routes

If you have been unable to book onto one of our group walks, or you prefer to explore with your family or friends, self-guided routes are available to download from the routes page of our Choose How You Move website or via the Go Jauntly smartphone app. For other ideas, do check out our Walk Inspiration page which features walk videos and quiz trails. Enjoy exploring Leicester on foot.