Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Waterside Thurmaston (A Guided Walk in Thurmaston)

“Waterside Thurmaston” is one of the popular series of Waterside Walks devised and led by Colin Crosby, of Colin Crosby Heritage Tours, the well known Blue Badge Guide.

These strolls are an enjoyable way of soaking up some Local History.

The starting point for this walk is St. Michaels Church in Thurmaston, which is situated in Melton Road, Thurmaston’s equivalent of a High Street. This is actually the Fosse Way, the famous Roman road which ran from Lincoln via Leicester and the Cotswolds to Exeter.

After a brief look at Thurmaston, including the scant remains of another mediaeval church, the route is around the lovely Watermead Park, with its many lakes created by flooding old gravel pits.

The River Soar and the canal run through the park, and the walk reveals much of this.

One of the unusual features of Watermead Park is the model of a mammoth. It is known that these creatures inhabited the area thousands of years ago. Today there is a great deal of wildlife, including swans, ducks, geese and herons.

The walk touches the edges of both Belgrave and Birstall.

Colin leads a number of other Waterside Walks, namely “Waterside Abbey Park”, “Waterside Aylestone”, “Waterside Belgrave”, “Waterside Birstall”, “Waterside Charnwood”, “Waterside Glenhills”, “Waterside Glen Parva”, “Waterside Hinckley”, “Waterside Leicester”, “Waterside London”, “Waterside Loughborough”, “Waterside Loughborough and Barrow-upon-Soar”, “Waterside Market Harborough”, “Waterside Mountsorrel”, “Waterside Quorn and Barrow-upon-Soar, “Waterside Stamford” and “Waterside West End”.

Dates, costs and where to meet

A place on 'Waterside Thurmaston' costs £5.00 per person, or £4.00 if paying in advance. The guided walk begins at St. Michaels Church, and is running on:

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If you would like to book a place on one of these dates, please telephone Colin on (0116) 2611576 or email him at

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