We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

There are flights of locks all over our network – but not like Foxton. Foxton Locks are in fact home to two amazing feats of engineering in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside.

As well as the longest and steepest staircase locks in the UK, the site is home to the remains of the inclined plane, a magnificent, if not slightly weird, piece of Victorian engineering. We dare you to climb our staircase and not fall in love with the sheer scale and stature of it.

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Just so you know, Foxton Locks now has an enhanced entry on the Explore Harborough website (part of goleicestershire website). 

So, what else is there to do on your visit to Foxton Locks and the intriguing inclined plane?


Foxton Locks

Gumley Road
LE16 7RA

Opening times

Circular walk: Open all day, every day for visitors

During winter: Locks open every day for boats between 9am and 2:45pm.

Boilerhouse Museum: Open 11am - 4pm at weekends

The Boilerhouse Museum

Explore the history and working of the locks and inclined plane in the Boilerhouse Museum...

Circular walk

...or just have a leisurely stroll around the site taking in the spectacular views of the Welland Valley and the surrounding Laughton Hills.

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