Foxton Locks

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Foxton Locks
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Karen P
25 contributions
A lovely bustling spot
Jun 2021 • Family
On our way down the locks on bank holiday Monday it was a great experience, the volunteers were amazing and informative (our first time on a staircase lock!) a friendly chap (softly spoken, taller lean chap) was so helpful guiding us all the way and giving my husband instruction as he was manning the boat.
We returned a few days later, another glorious day but the volunteers were a bit grumpy compared to previous (the nice chap wasn’t there) I very nearly opened the wrong paddle at the mid section and was screamed at to stop, I appreciate the problems it could have caused but as the volunteers were both stood in the shade on the other side the mistake nearly happened. (On the way down I was guided through every section) Then another warned us to “get a move on” as they closed soon! Again if I was being helped I would have been quicker. There was a pleasant chap at the top who told me he would sort the last gate and paddle and who commented “are you getting shouted at there” yes I was!
It’s a beautiful spot with lovely ice cream/sandwich shop and overall everyone was lovely, just obviously a little hot and bothered the day we saw them.
Written 4 June 2021
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adrian c
bedworth139 contributions
Nice place to visit
May 2021
The locks are full of history, the museum was closed due to covid restrictions but it was worth the drive over.
Written 9 May 2021
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fork_handles
Luton, UK1,473 contributions
Enjoyable Walking area with refreshments
May 2021 • Family
We visited Foxton Locks and Inclined Plane on the way to a long weekend away and found it a pleasant place to visit with plenty of areas to walk as well as three pubs / cafes available for refreshment. The inclined plane is closed off presently, but you can read about it on plaques. Unfortunately the small museum is also closed due to COVID regulations.

There was plenty of canalside hustle and bustle going on while we were there - a number of bots traversing the lock flight as well as visitors watching the world go by. We got a tea and sausage roll from the top lock cafe and sat and watched the boats before continuing on our way.

The lock flight is a real marvel of 18th century engineering and it is hard to appreciate how it really was back when the canals were in use for industrial transportation.

The only disappointment was that the parking machines were only cash or one of those stupid park by phone numbers. One was also broken. Considering the parking cost and the pandemic over the last year I would have liked to think that somehow contactless payment could have been arranged for the parking fee. As it was we were scrabbling around trying to find the coins and then when I put the right amount in, the machine still said I was 40p short! Not good.
Written 2 May 2021
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john k
Peterborough, UK16 contributions
Rip off
Apr 2021 • Couples
Rip off.
The canal and river trust web page states £2 but it isn't. It's £3.
And to rip you off more if you use the app to pay there is a further hidden charge of .30p
Written 10 April 2021
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phicox
Kettering, UK215 contributions
Amazing Engineering
Jun 2020 • Friends
Great place to visit and appreciate the amazing efforts that created this staircase of locks.
Best seen without rain (and without big puddles), but it's good to walk all the way up and all the way back down and then celebrate with a hot drink at the pub or cafe at the bottom!
Written 25 October 2020
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Adventurer268390
3 contributions
Summer days
Sep 2020
Great food and service. lovely to watch the barges pass through the locks. an enjoyable day out. specially on a sunny day
Written 6 October 2020
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HollieClegg
England, UK683 contributions
Nice walk
Sep 2020 • Friends
Nice walks around the locks, duck food is sold nearby but we only saw two swans. The lock workers were friendly and one man explained to us how they work.
Written 23 September 2020
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JoAnne
Lancaster, UK22 contributions
A lovely place for a stroll and a sightsee
Sep 2020 • Couples
Visited whilst staying in Market Harborough and we were not disappointed. A lovely walk, some lovely points of interest and the staircase canal lock is the largest of its kind in the UK. Really good to see whilst staying nearby. Ample car parking (chargeable at £2.50) and toilet facilities available.
Written 16 September 2020
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Bravo T
Wokingham, UK53 contributions
Great staircase of locks to navigate!
Sep 2020 • Couples
First class Canal and River Trust volunteers on hand to instruct us on how the locks operate and help where necessary.
There's a cafe at the top lock that does amazing bacon butties - perfect reward having finished the locks and moored up.
Informative museum part way up the flight and also the site of the old inclined plane.
A great place to visit by boat or on foot.
Written 15 September 2020
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Mark H
2 contributions
Flight of Fancy
Sep 2020
One of the best kept flight of Locks in the UK, and easy to navigate thanks to the team of volunteers who are on hand every day.
Written 14 September 2020
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