Today Amanda and I decided to brave the chance of a soaking and take Tara for a walk along the canal towpath near Foxton Locks. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Foxton Locks, they are situated on the Grand Union Canal at Foxton in Leicestershire and are well worth a visit.
Foxton Locks consists of two sets of five locks in what is known as a "staircase" formation. I am unsure of the drop from top to bottom but it is considerable. If one was to do the journey in a narrow boat, then allow one hour and an awful lot of winding if the Lock Keeper isn't about!!
The other main attraction at Foxton Locks, (apart from two pubs!), are the ruins of the "inclined plane" which is over one hundred years old and was built to move the old barges up and down the drop, thus saving the time to do the locks. It is well worth visiting the inclined plane alone as the engineering required to build it must have been immense. It is also worth baring in mind that a majority of the earth moving, both for the inclined plane as well as the canal and lock system, was done by hand! Remember that these were the days of the "Navvy" and the wheelbarrow, literally.
The photo opportunities at the locks are excellent, just pick your times. Sunday lunch is not one of them as there are just too many visitors to make it worth your while. I am lucky as I live about ten minutes away so can nip down "out of hours" so to speak.
The image "Canal Reflections" below was taken when it was quiet and is a view from The Foxton Locks Inn garden across the canal basin. There can't be many more charming places for a pint!
I hope the coming week is a good one for everyone but above all, stay safe.