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Foxton Locks (1/7)

Foxton Locks are ten canal locks consisting of two "staircases" each of five locks, located on the Leicester line of the Grand Union Canal about 3 miles (5 km.) west of the Leicestershire town of Market Harborough and are named after the nearby village of Foxton. Below the bottom lock is this side area which is used as moorings, indeed it looked to me on my visit that some of the narrow boats might be moored there permanently.

Foxton Locks (1/7)

Foxton Locks are ten canal locks consisting of two "staircases" each of five locks, located on the Leicester line of the Grand Union Canal about 3 miles (5 km.) west of the Leicestershire town of Market Harborough and are named after the nearby village of Foxton. Below the bottom lock is this side area which is used as moorings, indeed it looked to me on my visit that some of the narrow boats might be moored there permanently.

comments (17)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 29 Sep 2014, 00:12
Love the jungle feel of this place, Brian.
Brian Walbey: yes it's set in quite a nice spot at the bottom of the hill;.
  • Alan
  • Durango, Colorado.
  • 29 Sep 2014, 03:41
I'm always surprised of the number of people living on houseboats now. It would seem to be a very pretty place to live here.
Brian Walbey: Yes is nice here Alan. There are quite a few places round my way where people live full time on these boats.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 29 Sep 2014, 05:56
I think more people live like this now since it has become hard for Travellers to congregate
Brian Walbey: There are certainly a few places round our way where people live on their boats, whether they are travellers or not I don't know.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 29 Sep 2014, 06:21
It looks very peaceful thereabouts
Brian Walbey: It is Chris, this is a very popular visiting place but this part is to one side of the main tourist area.
A safe haven, I see, for photo enthusiats like me, Brian. I could live there for awhile. smile
Brian Walbey: I'm sure you would enjoy a stay there Ginnie, there's a very nice pub/restaurant round the corner and of course 10 locks to watch the boats going through.
Lock systems are quite interesting. I would love to visit inside one of these boats.
Brian Walbey: I guess for the boaters the locks, if there are too many of them in one flight, can be a real nuisance. I have been in a couple of these boats for a look round and they are quite cosy, but they do actually cost quite a bit of money to buy and keep in good shape, here's an example http://www.notts-boats.co.uk/
i can see that the longboats are making way for the leaves grin
Brian Walbey: Those leaves are water lilies Ayush which no doubt look very pretty when they are in bloom.
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 29 Sep 2014, 13:13
Great leading lines and good use of complimentary colors!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bonnie, this is a much photographed place so there is not much one can do to get anything very different to this angle.
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 29 Sep 2014, 13:53
A wide area for mooring Brian, a peaceful scene.
Brian Walbey: Yes to one side of the main canal Chad, I believe, int he old days, the working boats gathered here before being able to make their way up the ten locks to the top.
Such a beautiful and peaceful image Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, these days it is that sort of place, no doubt very different to when the industrial revolution was ongoing.
The locks are much photographed as I recall Brian. This is a charming quiet spot away from all the action
Brian Walbey: Yes they are Bill, I hope your not bored by seeing my pictures of the locks, some of them are on my Flickr. I think this might be where boats waiting to go up the hill waited for their turn to make their way through the locks.
  • elleplate
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Sep 2014, 14:01
What a lovely place to be!
Brian Walbey: It is a really nice place and very popular throughout the local area for visitors.
Lovely spot for a canal boat community Brian
Brian Walbey: It is Janet, it did look to me as though some of them were moored up on a more permanent basis.
It looks a lovely place, Brian. Those boats can be beautiful inside.
Brian Walbey: It is a lovely spot Pauline, and very popular with visitors.
Looks almost toy-like!
Brian Walbey: I suppose it does in a way Tom, big peoples toys smile
Love the angle and colors!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Elizabeth, it is a fine place to visit.
very creative Brian!
Brian Walbey: There are very few decent places to take a shot of this particular area, I think most people take this angle.

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