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Grand Union Canal

The Market Harborough branch of the canal runs for six miles from Union Wharf to Foxton Locks. Park for free next to The Waterfront restaurant for two hours and follow the track as far as you wish. On sunny days the overhanging trees provide welcome shade, and the route is never too busy, meaning you are not constantly dodging bicycles, dogs and ramblers. The tranquil waterway is dotted with barges chugging along at a leisurely pace, and some days you pass cows and horses drinking at the canalside on the opposite bank. There are no facilities, but if you take some cash you can pop into The Boathouse at Foxton Locks for a midway drink and toilet stop, before returning back along the same path. • Find out more at www.ukwaterwaysguide.co.uk/map/ grand-union-canal/market-harborough-arm

Canal & River Trust

Fineshade Wood

Canal & River Trust

Situated on the Rutland–Northamptonshire border, off the A43, this ancient broadleaf and conifer woodland has miles of clearly signposted tracks, which pass through areas where iron was once smelted. The longest circular route is six miles and has a range of gradients and surfaces, with parts becoming muddy during wet periods. There are also gentler two-mile routes to get you started. The woody foliage means it is the perfect shady run, but be aware that horse riders and cyclists also use the tracks. Parking is £1.50 an hour, and there are toilets and a café on site, both of which are open from 10am to 5pm daily. • Find out more at www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/ englandnorthamptonshirerockinghamforestfineshadewood

AUTUMN RUNNING RACES Two Counties Half Marathon and Team Relay East Carlton Countryside Park Sunday 10 September www.twocountieshalfmarathon.co.uk Rutland Marathon and Half Marathon Rutland Water, Skyes Lane Sunday 17 September www.therutlandmarathon.co.uk Leicester Half Marathon and Marathon Victoria Park Sunday 15 October leicestermarathon.org.uk RUTLAND & MARKET HARBOROUGH LIVING SEPTEMBER 2017

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