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The BoilerHouse at 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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Reviews
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  • Called in here on our visit to the area. Run by volunteer. It has some multimedia formats to pass the information .. only three quid for entry Worth a look in on your trail. In. Here is a good place t...  more »
  • The Museum brings to life, life on the locks in this area throughout history. You come away with a much better understanding of the engineering feats used to create both the stepped lock and the now d...  more »
  • Aimed largely at children this museum gives a good interpretation of the inclined plane that replaced the 10 Foxton locks for a decade last century. Much hands on activities and computer generated vis...  more »
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  • We went there in a sunny and warm day and it was simply great. Nice view, no pollution, you can walk for hours and there are 2 cosy place where to have some refreshment and food as well. Definitely a must see place during the weekend. I'll come back again!!
  • Beautiful place to visit. Everyone very welcoming and polite. If you visit for a meal, a drink, a walk around or hiring a narrow boat for the day its something you will never forget.
  • A lovely few hours out walking up and down the locks. Followed up by a great Sunday roast overlooking the bottom pass.
  • 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.
  • Fantastic location. Beautiful views.