Foxton Locks is Britains largest canal lock staircase. It is located just outside of Market Harborough in Leicestershire.
When you arrive there is a carpark available that is just a 1-minute walk away from the locks.
You arrive at the bottom of the ‘staircase’ and can make your way up either side. There is also a path for wheelchairs and prams.
The whole time we were at the locks there seemed to be a constant stream of canal boats passing through.
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The boys were able to help open and close the gates a few times for each of the boats. This was great fun for them however it kept me on edge with their lack of fear being so close to the edge of the water!
About halfway up the locks, you can head over to see the Inclined Plane. This is an Ancient Monument that shows how they used to bring the canal boats up the hill. You can no longer explore the monument but you can view it from the lookout area.
Around here is also the museum, this wasn’t open when we visited despite it being within opening hours so you might want to call ahead before you visit if you are wanting to go inside.
Eating At Foxton Locks
About halfway up the locks, there was a small grass area with around 5 picnic benches available to enjoy a picnic.
There was a shop at the top of the locks that sold locally made ice cream, snacks and drinks, and 2 pubs at the bottom.
We chose to eat at the Foxton Locks in which served traditional bar food. We were able to sit out in the garden which was next to the river so the boys could watch the boats.
If we had more time, after lunch we would have continued our walk further along the river away from the locks.
The postcode for Foxton Locks is LE16 7RA. You can find out more here.
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