Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Waterside Birstall (A Guided Walk in Birstall)

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

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

The starting point for the walk is St. James the Greater Church, in Church Hill, the oldest part of the village of Birstall.

Much of the walk is in the lovely Watermead Park, created from gravel pits which have been turned into a series of lakes, to the delight of the local wildfowl.

As with the other walks in the series, it includes a stroll beside the river - in this case the River Soar - and canal.

Close to Wanlip and Syston is King Lear’s Lake. This contains a sculpted tableau featuring characters from Shakespeare’s tragedy “King Lear”, who was traditionally the founder of the City of Leicester.

Also to be seen along the route is the Mammoth - another statue, this time of one of the giant elephant-like mammals who are known to have lived in this area.

Colin leads several other Waterside Walks, namely “Waterside Abbey Park”, “Waterside Aylestone”, “Waterside Belgrave”, “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 Thurmaston” and “Waterside West End”.

Dates, costs and where to meet

A place on 'Waterside Birstall' costs £5.00 per person, or £4.00 if paying in advance. The guided walk begins at St. James the Greater 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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