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Broadway’s Meadow

In 2020, British Canoeing agreed a lease for land in Barrow-upon-Soar, Leicestershire on the banks of the River Soar. The site will enable safe landing and launch for paddlers on one of the East Midland’s most popular rivers for canoeing. The site is well placed for the second night of a three-day Soar Tour expedition.

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Overview

Broadway’s Meadow is well situated to give access to sections of the River Soar. There are three circular routes of varying lengths available.  It also provides an ideal location for the second night of a three-day, 32 mile, tour of the River from Narborough, south of Leicester, to Trent Lock on the Nottinghamshire boarder where the Soar flows into the Trent.

The meadow is leased by British Canoeing and managed by the East Midlands Regional Development Team for the benefit of paddlers. Whether to park and launch, attend one of the popular Barrow Winter Race Series or to camp with family, friends or club, the field is there to be used.

We are pleased to be working closely with Leicester & District Amalgamated Society of Anglers to allow their members to park and access the tow path. Through mutual respect, both anglers and paddlers can enjoy all the site has to offer.

Broadway’s Meadow is a fantastic resource for the whole paddling community, so please enjoy and respect the land and its neighbours.

At present there are no facilities on-site. It is hoped to install a water-point in the future.

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Location

By boat, the land is situated on river left, immediately after the Barrow-upon-Soar road bridge opposite The Moorings beer garden. The egress is on the towpath side of the river and care should be taken to keep this clear for walkers and cyclists when getting on and off the river.

From the road, the site can be accessed via a gate just past the bridge traffic light on Barrow Road approaching from the A6. Please do not park in the gateway. 

Nearest post code is LE12 8XJ or What3words: ///tides.streamers.slung

Click here for the exact Google Maps location

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Usage

Paddlers are welcome to land at Broadway’s Meadow at anytime. Landing on the left bank below Barrow bridge. Please keep the tow path clear when moving boats to and from the water.

Access to park and launch from the meadow can be arranged by contacting the Regional Development Team via; [email protected]

The meadow is available for paddlers to use for discreet wild camping. This is strictly by prior arrangement only, due to strict restrictions on usage of the land. In order to manage this, wild camping will only be permitted on designated dates throughout the year.

The dates for 2021 are:

April 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th May 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 29th, 30th, 31st June 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, July 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th August 13th, 14th, 15th, 28th, 29th 30th September 18th, 19th Other dates may be available on request.

There are currently no facilities at Broadway’s Meadow. Paddlers wishing to make use of the land MUST contact in advance to arrange.  [email protected]

There is a fee of £3pppn camping for British Canoeing members,  clubs,  groups and organisations approved by the RDT. Please bring your membership cards or approval letter with you.

Parking to launch is £2 per boat

An annual ‘Friends of Broadway’s Meadow’ pass is available for £15 and as well as showing support for the project, allows unlimited parking and launching.

Commercial paddlesport providers can operate and park in the meadow for £8 per day.

All proceeds for camping and parking go towards the maintenance of the site ensuring it can be kept open for paddlers. Payments are accepted via PayPal please email for details and the current code for the gate lock. Any further donations to support the upkeep of Broadway’s Meadow are gratefully welcomed!

PLEASE NOTE: Toilets are available at the Moorings Pub on the opposite bank but they are for the use of patrons only. Please help us to maintain good relationships with the local businesses by acting responsibly. There is a public toilet in the Co-op car park in the village.  

British Canoeing is pleased to be working in partnership with Leicester & District Amalgamated Society of Anglers to allow angling from our land. All users of the site are asked to be respectful and courteous to each other.