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We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Planning your visit
History & Heritage
Things to do or see
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
Certificate of Excellence 2017
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Top Lock Cottage,
Foxton, LE16 7RA.
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0116 279 3686
Top Lock Coffee Stop: October to March 10.00am to 4.00pm Saturday and Sunday.
Locks winter opening times: every day between 9.00am and 2:45pm
Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing
There are public toilets in both car parks at the top and bottom of the locks
There are flights of locks all over our network – but not like Foxton. It's home to two amazing feats of engineering in the heart of Leicestershire, on the Grand Union Canal. 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 slightly weird, piece of Victorian engineering.
But that's not the only reason over 4,000 boats pass through Foxton Locks each year, making it one of the most visited places to visit on our network.
You could watch boats travel up or down the locks or take a boat trip yourself before relaxing at the pubs and picnic spots. But we'd recommend you see the remains of the historic 'chair lift for boats' and use your smart phone or tablet to experience this lost icon - virtually!
Places to eat:
This is a rural spot and you could spot just about anything from regional hedge laying crafts to the nest and bat boxes we've put up. There area is famous for it's pond dipping. But you'll definitely want to meet the resident tame robin. And look out for herons, swans, swallows and if you're lucky, kingfishers too.
By car - SAT NAV: LE16 7RA
Please remember that neither car park is open over night!
By train - Market Harborough is the nearest station with trains from Leicester or St Pancras
By bus - route 44, RR2 (Rural Rider) from Market Harborough station. The bus brings you to the top of Foxton village, from there follow bridle way to the locks
By boat - take a look at our boaters' infomation page, including lock opening times and visitor moorings
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