Foxton - Marston Trussell - Lubenham - Foxton

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The walk starts at the Foxton Locks Car Park, situated within trees at the top of the ten locks. The car park is large, with its own toilets and at the time of writing cost £1 for the day. From here we walk along the towpath away from the locks before crossing fields towards the village of Marston Trussell, with its Sun Inn Hotel and Restaurant and very old St Nicholas' Church with its unusual arched wooden entrance. After this the journey continues back through the village of Lubenham, passing the delightfully unrestored church and the remarkable Tower House (See under Additional Information). Leaving Lubenham via the steep hill, we soon see Gartree Prison to the right. Once the home of some of the country's most notorious criminals, it has now been downgraded to a Category B and extended, making it the largest prison of its type in Europe. Continuing on the circular route we reach the village of Foxton, which sits on the Grand Union Canal around a mile from the locks. A short walk along the towpath and we reach the bottom of the locks. There is lots to do here, with a café, gift shop, inn, museum and of course, the ten locks climbing 75 feet up the hillside. Following its recent lottery grant, the whole area is being restored to its former glory, including very ambitious plans to rebuild the Incline Plane Lift which used to be an alternative method of moving the boats up the hill at the turn of the last century. At the top of the locks we return again to the car park and the end of the walk.

England - Central England - Leicestershire - Countryside

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Industrial Archaeology, Mostly Flat, Museum, Pub, Restaurant, Stately Home, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife
29/03/2014 - Peter Watling

We started this walk from the edge of Market Harborough and turned it into an 11 mile walk. Stopped for lunch at Foxton Locks and had a lovely day. Please note that the pub at Marston Trussel is no longer open.

29/03/2014 - Peter Watling

We started this walk from the edge of Market Harborough and turned it into an 11 mile walk. Stopped for lunch at Foxton Locks and had a lovely day. Please note that the pub at Marston Trussel is no longer open.

27/07/2010 - Adrian Perkins

This walk has been fully updated and partly rerouted. With many thanks to Bob Greybrook for his help with this. July 2010. Adrian (Admin).

03/11/2007 - George Robertson

Step 14. Don't look for garage on left, it is now a housing development.

01/07/2007 - Adrian Holmes

We did this walk in early June. The walk passes through fields of crops, such as beans which grow chest height, making the route difficult to find.

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