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Foxton Locks

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Planning your visit

Address: Foxton Locks Top Lock Cottage, Gumley Road, Foxton, LE16 7RA 0116 279 3686 View on Google map

Opening times: The locks towpath is open every day.Top Lock Coffee stop is open 9am to 5pm March to end of October. October to March open 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday only. During winter: Locks are open for boating every day between 9.00am and 2:45pm

Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing

Toilets: There are public toilets in both car parks at the top and bottom of the locks

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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!

Things to do and see

Places to eat:

Boat trips:

Picnic spot:

  • There are benches by the top car park and lots of nice grassy areas for a picnic

Trails:

  • Audio Trail - there are several speaker points around the locks telling stories from the 'cut'

Wildlife spotting:

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.

Getting here

By car - SAT NAV: LE16 7RA

  • long stay car park is off the Gumley Road and costs £2 a day
  • short stay car park is down the service road towards the locks and costs: £2:50 for 4 hours, £4 for 8 hours, free after 5.00pm
    (special parking charges may apply on event days)
  • disabled parking - there are spaces in the short stay car park and on the access road to the Canal Museum at the Boilerhouse

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 busroute 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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