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Foxton Locks

RegionEast Midlands
ClubLeicestershire Orienteering Club
Nearest townMarket Harborough
PostcodeLE16 7RA
Carpark locationFoxton Locks Lower (short stay) Car park - Pay and Display

Available Maps

Towpath Closure :

Only the Short course is usable in September 2020 as the eastern towpath is being resurfaced.  The Long course could be completed by using the road from the long-stay car park to return to the museum finish. 

The Restricted mobility course is suitable for wheelchairs finishes in southern (long stay) car park and starts at the Museum There are several refreshment outlets on site: Top Cafe, Foxton Locks Inn and Bridge 61

Safety: There are deep locks which may be full of water, there are ponds which feed the locks. The site from the museum is steep downhill.

Map updated: Summer 2014


Courses No of controls Length (km) Suitable for Expected time (minutes)
Short 11 0.5 Beginners 10-30

Restricted mobility








Child with some experience





Adult beginner confident junior


Lengths of courses shown are in straight lines between controls, and the estimate of times are for someone running to someone walking. Both will vary depending on your route choice and ability.

Other Things to do in the Area

Foxton Locks - An idyllic canal side location to explore. From the viewing platform see if you can spot the remains of the historic hidden Inclined Plane which was once a spectacular chair lift for boats! Sneak a peek at the colourful boats, count the locks at the really long Lock Flight, take a boat trip, or just sit back and relax at the pubs, café or picnic spots.

Foxton Locks Inclined Plane Trust Museum 

Maps Available From

Maps sold at Foxton Incline Plane Trust Museum (closed during the Winter). Tel: 0116 279 2657

With COVID-19 restrictions the museum was closed in September 2020.

Further Information

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • White and/or yellow standard controls suitable for beginners
  • Orange and/or light green standard controls suitable for people with some experience