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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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  • I love going to foxton locks in the summer, so went to see the boats lit up with family. Had to park in a muddy field. Staff were not very knowledgable. Not many boats lit up. No room to move. Nothing...  more »
  • It's part of our history a great place to visit, plenty of parking and a nice stroll through the locks 
  • Lovely walk along the canalside and locks. The boats all decorated for Christmas was a lovely festive touch. £5 to park in a field was a little steep though. 
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  • Really nice day out. Lovely home made ice cream at the top cottage in a place that is steeped in history. Engineering and the advanced technology of its time along with the beautiful scenery and the amazing way in which the boats go up and down the locks. Top tip... If you're planning on taking the kids, make sure you understand the history and the way it works so that u can be the impressive parent/guardian reeling off the facts. Educational box ticked! :) Parking is exceptionally reasonable £2.50 for four hours which is plenty of time. There is a an Inn at the bottom along with other eateries and a shop. Will definitely be going back.
  • A great day out for young and old alike. Lovely walks very dog friendly toilets were spotless. Food was great and excellent value. Small but very interesting interactive museum. A chance to see a real bit of history still working with boats constantly traversing the locks. Ps I recommend the Gammon at the Foxton Locks Inn
  • Nice day out for families or friends. It can get busy in good weather but it is always a pleasant walk. Worth a visit
  • One of the must visit places in market harborough. Very accessible to people from Leicester. Unfortunately someone stole my wifes handbag.. So please be careful with your personal stuff
  • Great range of food. Great views and a good area for a walk around. Watch the locks being used. Both indoor and outdoor eating areas.