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TOTAL LOCKS: 22
CRUISING TIME PER DAY: 6 HOURS (15 HOURS IN TOTAL)
Maps & Guides for this route: P7, N3, L14, E1, E3 | Click here buy maps
Welford has plenty of overnight mooring places, with a reservoir and village to explore.
Your adventure begins as you set off from Union Wharf and cruise 5 miles to Foxton where you can either choose to moor up or to cruise a little further to the bottom of Foxton Locks. This is where you will spend your first evening as you will not be able to navigate the Foxton locks until the morning. Foxton is a pretty village built on the side of a hill on either side of the canal, with plenty of pubs to choose from. Mooring at Bridge 61 you will find The Foxton Locks Inn and Bridge 61, which are both Canal side pubs and well worth a visit.
*There is a water point just after the Foxton Locks.
Foxton Locks will take around an hour from start to finish and if in need of refreshments you will find the Top Lock Cottage Café a welcome place to rest! A further 2 hours cruising through a remote but attractive stretch and you will approach Husbands Bosworth Tunnel, you may wish to moor here at Bridge 46 and visit the Village as well as the Bell Inn. Husband Bosworth’s tunnel is 1166 yards long, without a towpath but it is wide enough for two boats and relatively straight, so don’t worry!
At Welford Junction keep left onto the Welford Arm and after around 2 hours cruising and passing through Welford Lock you will be able to turn and moor for the evening. Welford has plenty to offer, with several pubs and supermarkets and a public footpath from the village which provides good views over the reservoir’s which supply the canal with water and their resident wildfowl.
Retracing your journey, you will need to allow a good 5 hours cruising from Welford to reach the Foxton Locks, the flight will take at least another hour to complete. Check the lock times here for Foxton Locks. North Kilworth is a small village which is accessible by bridge 45, just before Husbands Bosworth Tunnel and your last opportunity to purchase any supplies before the canal becomes more rural. For your last night you may choose to return to the Marina and the Waterfront Restaurant, which is open until late or moor up in Foxton with its’ variety of pubs and restaurants.
The end of your holiday and a maximum of an hours cruise back to the Marina. If you have the time why not spend the rest of the day exploring Market Harborough with lots to see, including a museum and a theatre.
Max: 4 People
Max: 7 People
Max: 6 People
Length: 66ft (63ft from Falkirk)
Max: 10 People