Soaring down to a pleasant cruise
I NOTED YOUR request at the end of the Cruise Guide ( CB, Nov) for experiences of the River Soar. We took our 59ft canal boat along the Soar in the last week of August.
After the wide river and not so interesting scenery on the Trent, the Soar was a pleasant change although, like most river navigations, there is a lack of opportunity to get off and walk which my wife likes to do. Again, common to rivers, is the lack of good moorings and those that are marked tend to fill up early.
On smaller rivers like the Soar I noted that the bends (not being man-made) can be fairly sharp and one needs to be cautious of this as boats travelling downstream with the current will be coming down quite fast and 60ft boats take a bit of space to turn.
Water points are not in abundance with none marked on Nicholson’s between Barrow-upon-Soar and Kilby Bridge as I recall, although we read elsewhere, and had it confirmed by another boat, that there is a tap built into the wall of the Hope & Anchor pub at Bridge 19 although, with no reserved water mooring bay it isn’t easy to spot.
This is mentioned in all notes about the river – the flows pick up fast after just a small amount of rain so it is worth allowing for time to let the current subside.
We didn’t experience any difficulties at the weirs adjacent to the locks but others have pointed out that, in strong water flows, these can be quite an experience with the need to aim the boat well away and open the throttle to get past.
Hope these few thoughts help.
Take a trip along the Soar with us in this month’s Cruise Guide on page 47