A Postcard from Foxton Locks…

So what is Foxton Locks and why should you visit?

Foxton Locks is a flight of 10 locks on the Grand Union Canal near the lovely town of Market Harborough in Leicestershire and is a great place to spend an afternoon.  It’s very popular with both locals and tourists…

What is there to do? 

You can talk a pleasant stroll alongside the locks and watch the boats travelling up and down through one lock after another (it takes around 45 minutes for a boat to get through them all).  This is particularly popular with children who enjoy helping to open and close the lock gates so the boats can pass through.  We have spent many hours whilst Freya followed boats all the way up (or down!), opening and closing the lock gates!

After checking out the impressive series of locks, why not visit the newly refurbished BoilerHouse Museum and find out about the history of the locks and the boat lift (inclined plane). Make sure you download the app to get the most out of your visit!

After visiting the museum, head over to the inclined plane and marvel at what was once an incredible feat of engineering (albeit one that was redundant almost as soon as it was built).  If you have download the Foxton Locks App, you can use your smartphone/tablet to watch the boat lift magically appear before your eyes, using the latest digital technology.

Fancy a relaxing trip along the canal?  From the beginning of April to the end of October short boat trips leave regularly from the bottom of the locks.  Alternatively, you can hire a boat for the whole day and cruise along the canal with family and friends.

The best way to end your visit is to head to the very popular Foxton Locks Inn for a meal or a drink.  On a sunny, summer day, you can sit outside and watch the canal boats from the pub garden.  At peak times (sunny weekends at any time of year!), it gets very busy… so if you plan to eat, make sure you phone ahead and make a reservation.  The food is always excellent and the service is friendly and efficient. I highly recommend it!

So if you are ever in the area (and even if you are not!), the fantastic Foxton Locks is definitely worth a visit…

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