Birstall is the last major settlement before Leicester when arriving from the north (A6) and forms part of the Leicester Urban Area offering excellent transport links. The village contains two supermarkets, a garden centre and a variety of other facilities. There are a number of schools, including Highcliffe and Riverside Primary, Stonehill High School and Longslade Community College. The Grand Union Canal runs through the bottom end of the village, separating it from Watermead Country Park, a series of lakes in the bottom of the Soar Valley, which have been set aside as a recreational area and country park. Nearest Airport: East Midlands (16.9 miles). Nearest Train Station: Leicester (4.2 miles). Nearest Town/City: Leicester (3.2 miles). Nearest Motorway: M1 (21a)