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Foxton Canal and Locks

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Foxton Canal and Locks
Author: violyn, Published: 03 Mar 2019 Walk Rating:star0 Foxton Canal and Locks, Leicestershire Walking Guidestar0 Foxton Canal and Locks, Leicestershire Walking Guidestar0 Foxton Canal and Locks, Leicestershire Walking Guidestar0 Foxton Canal and Locks, Leicestershire Walking Guidestar0 Foxton Canal and Locks, Leicestershire Walking Guide
Leicestershire, Foxton
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Foxton Canal and Locks
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot Foxton Canal and Locks, Leicestershire Walking Guide
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A pleasant and easy 2 mile walk in Leicestershire around canal towpaths and footpaths, with the option of a visit to explore Foxton Locks, the museum and the inclined plane. The route includes one short hill near the start. You will need to negotiate gates and a staggered barrier but there are no stiles on route. You will not be sharing any of the paths with livestock. Allow 1 hour.

From Market Harborough, drive towards Leicester on the A6 and, in about 3 miles turn left into Langton Road signposted Foxton. Park in Main Street or a side road, with consideration to other road users and residents. Approximate post code LE16 7RD.

Walk Sections

Start to Gumley Footpath
Start to Gumley Footpath

Start point: 52.5027 lat, -0.9708 long
End point: 52.5003 lat, -0.9731 long

Walk up Foxton Main Street, away from the A6, to arrive at the canal bridge. Just before the bridge, turn right down North Lane and then immediately left through a gap in the hedge to the canal. Turn left and walk with the canal on your right, passing under the bridge. When you arrive at a road turn right and cross the swing bridge over the canal. Walk up the road for about 50 metres and turn left onto the footpath signposted to the school.

When you reach the gate by the trees at the top of the hill, stop to admire the view behind you. Continue on the footpath passing badger sets on the left to reach a road. Turn right along the pavement and carefully swap to the left-hand pavement when necessary. Carefully cross over (and ignore) the side road signposted to Market Harborough and Lubenham and continue ahead on the pavement. At the next road junction keep right towards Foxton. In about 50 metres turn left down the wide footpath signposted to Gumley via Foxton Locks.

Gumley Footpath to Bridge 61
Gumley Footpath to Bridge 61

Start point: 52.5003 lat, -0.9731 long
End point: 52.5011 lat, -0.9824 long

Continue down the footpath, eventually arriving at the Grand Union Canal. Turn left on the road running parallel to the canal, with the canal on your right and a car park on your left. Go straight ahead passing the Foxton Locks Inn on your right. From here you may take a detour to walk up the two staircases each of five locks, explore the inclined plane and the museum.

Bridge 61 to End
Bridge 61 to End

Start point: 52.5011 lat, -0.9824 long
End point: 52.5027 lat, -0.9708 long

Returning to the road with the Foxton Locks Inn on your right, turn right down a footpath to cross the narrow wooden bridge (Number 61) at the lock. The shop and cafe in front of you are named Bridge 61. Walk with the canal on your right and then cross the canal on Bridge 62, the Rainbow Bridge. Coming down from the bridge, turn sharp left onto the towpath so that you pass under Rainbow Bridge and the canal is again on your right (signposted to Market Harborough). This is the Leicester Line of the Grand Union Canal.

After about a mile, and about 10 metres before a bridge, turn left through the gap in the hedge (which you should recognise from the start of the walk), then turn right back to Main Street in Foxton where the walk began.

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