A whole week in Loughborough


Luffed up then hove to for a whole week. That’s the plan this year. Slowly, slowly does it. Most unusual for us to stay put for so long but then the forecast was good – very good, in fact, often Scorchio! We walked down to Queen’s Park (museum, squirlies for Toby to chase, aviary and just a nice park), around to various pubs, including the still new-ish Needle & Pin; a teensy weeny pub not far from the Swan and serving wonderful beer!

The lovely, tranquil Queen’s Park

Here’s the famous cast used to make the huge bell for St Paul’s

Inside the Needle & Pin! PhD Students playing Munchkin!

A pic of the basin

Helping Mark on Tamsin, reverse round the corner.

Everyday we’d get this lot squeaking outside for food

Plus these two!

Can thoroughly recommend Tarboush, a middle eastern restaurant (run by a Turkish family, I think). Excellent food (Mezzeh etc) and Turkish beer/wine plus a Shisha pipe at the end. I think Steve thought he’d charm a snake!

Former lock keepers cottage – up for sale (£375,000+)

Moving on . . . down the Soar, past Normanton.

Final mooring spot in Zouch.

Lots of fields to walk the dog (boat just visible – middle of photo!)

The Soar looks very majestic here and of course, a good spot for a swim

He went in but couldn’t get back out – so master had to drag him out


Lock 55 – looks very leaky

Looking back over the footbridge to our mooring – just behind Red Admiral

And zoomed in. And from behind!  Nice and open for good solar, 4G data and TV etc!!