Foxton, Market Harborough and Return

~ Canal explorer ~

Cruising pace: 5/5

Holiday: weekend getaway

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Foxton LocksCruise highlights

  • Spectacular flight of locks at Foxton
  • Waterfront restaurants, cafes, bars
  • Husbands Bosworth tunnel
  • Heritage museum

Countryside from Foxton to Market HarboroughAt a glance

  • 25 miles
  • 20 locks
  • 4 swing bridges
  • 2 tunnels
  • No experience necessary

Suggested itinerary

Friday: 3 hours cruising

  • Comprehensive boat handling training at North Kilworth marina.
  • Cruise through Husbands Bosworth tunnel to the top of Foxton Locks.
  • Moor up and walk down the towpath to explore the canal museum and famous Inclined Plane.
  • Finish the day with a meal in the bar or restaurant at Foxton Locks Inn (0116 279 1515 to book at busy times).

Saturday: 6.5 hours cruising

  • Find the volunteer lock keeper and book your descent through the Foxton locks, checking the lock opening times on You can buy breakfast rolls and coffee at the top and bottom of the locks.
  • Take a right and stop to operate the swing bridge.
  • Cruise on through the stunning Leicestershire countryside, operating a road bridge on the way.
  • Arrive at Market Harborough and moor up to enjoy lunch at The Waterfront (01858 434702).
  • Allow 3 hours to return to the bottom of Foxton Locks, through the road bridge and moor up for the night on the towpath.

Sunday: 6.5 hours cruising

  • Cruise through the final swing bridge and into the Basin.
  • Find the volunteer lock keeper and book your ascent through the Foxton locks, checking the lock opening times on
  • Enjoy a leisurely cruise through the waterways, navigating back through Husbands Bosworth tunnel.
  • Moor up at North Kilworth Marina for the night.


  • Enjoy a final breakfast aboard, before vacating the boat by 9.30am.

Please check that your route isn’t affected by any canal closures before you travel, using the following link:

Live updates on canal closures and restrictions on the Grand Union (Leicester line), Market Harborough and Welford arms.