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Or you can just go shopping at Fosse Park

Is this a tame goose?

In the triangle formed between Narborough Road, Aylestone Road and Soar Valley Way there is the wonderful Oasis of Aylestone Meadows. Here’s the OS map showing Walker Stadium at top right and Fosse Park shopping hell* at bottom left. (* that’s a personal view!)


It’s fantastic when you find a quiet spot so close to constant traffic jams and spend-crazy shoppers. This wonderful place is a short walk from it all.

I often run in this area (canal banks and the old Great Central Railway Line), this time I took my camera.

This really is a meadows, and the Grand Union Canal feels more like a river than the Leeds-Liverpool Canal (which I grew up near).

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This is Pack Horse Bridge across the canal and then across the meadows to the old railway line.

Even the graffiti under the main road (Soar Valley Way) seems slightly less aggressive!

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IMG_1179 (Large) meadows

I really must get my head around creative commons – but if anyone wants these pictures for educational use – please let me know and I’ll provide them without my name on!