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Foxton Locks, Foxton

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Foxton Locks are ten canal locks consisting of two "staircases" each of five locks, located on the Leicester line of the Grand Union Canal about 5 km west of the Leicestershire town of Market Harborough and are named after the nearby village of Foxton.They form the northern terminus of a 20-mile summit level that passes Husbands Bosworth, Crick and ends with the Watford flightStaircase locks are used where a canal needs to climb a steep hill, and consist of a group of locks where each lock opens directly into the next, that is, where the bottom gates of one lock form the top gates of the next. Foxton Locks are the largest flight of such staircase locks on the English canal system.The Grade II* listed locks are a popular tourist attraction and the county council has created a country park at the top. At the bottom, where the junction with the arm to Market Harborough is located, there are two public houses, a shop, trip boat and other facilities. The area is popular with gongoozlers.Alongside the locks is the site of the Foxton Inclined Plane, an inclined plane built in 1900 as a solution to various operational restrictions imposed by the lock flight. It was not a commercial success and remained in full-time operation for only ten years. It was dismantled in 1926, but a project to re-create the Plane commenced in the 2000s, since the locks remain a bottleneck for boat traffic.
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  • It's an interesting day out if you've not been before - and a nice walk if you have! and plenty of pokestops if you need to persuade the kids! 
  • Lovely location now well kept with three lock keepers to cheerfully help us. Most of them volunteers. Great views and always something to see. 
  • This was a fabulous experience for those new to canal boating. There were volunteers on hand to assist the uninitiated who were charming, patient & happy to share their experience. Heaps of fun!! 
  • We love taking our kids to the locks. A nice little walk up and down the locks. A small boat ride is available at a reasonable price too.
  • Fantastic for a day out very reasonable parking rates in the long stay carpark ample picnic areas as well as pubs near canal and in village and tea rooms along the way.
  • Lovely walk and well kept paths, enjoyed watching a boat go through the locks!
  • Lovely gentle walk for a couple of hours. Ice cream shop at the top or bottom, and lovely pub to sit outside and watch the narrow boats cruise by. Can get really busy, but still a lovely place
  • Great walking place and a nice pub there as well
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