Foxton Locks

    Map key:

    • Selected Wild Place = PINK
    • Other Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN
    • VC55 boundary = BLUE
    Getting There

    The main car park is on Gumley Road, just south of Foxton village.

    A number of bus routes will take you to the site. For more details click here.

    Managed By
    Canal and River Trust
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 60


    Foxton Locks is located on the Leicester line of the Grand Union Canal about 5 km west of Market Harborough and named after the nearby village of Foxton. There are ten canal locks consisting of two "staircases" each of five locks. Alongside the locks is the Foxton Inclined Plane, built in 1900 to resolve the operational restrictions imposed by the lock flight. It was not a commercial success and only remained in full-time operation for ten years. It was dismantled in 1926 but a project to re-create it commenced in the 2000s.

    As well as the canal itself, the site includes several balancing ponds used to capture water and refill the locks after use. The site comprises grassland and shrubby areas.

    Wildlife Highlights

    The canal and its margins support a number of interesting aquatic plants, including Large Bitter-cress, Water Mint, Water-cress and Broad-leaved Pondweed. The hedges and shrubs also support a number of leaf-mining insects.

    • Canal
    • Grand Union Canal Conservation Area

    Banner image: By Burn the asylum - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    BeetlesCionus tuberculosus10/11/2019
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata21/02/2016
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos14/01/2017
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone22/04/2017
    BirdsRookCorvus frugilegus14/01/2017
    BirdsJackdawCorvus monedula22/04/2017
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus22/04/2017
    BirdsMute SwanCygnus olor21/02/2016
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula21/02/2016
    BirdsMoorhenGallinula chloropus21/02/2016
    BirdsGrey WagtailMotacilla cinerea22/05/2015
    BirdsGreat TitParus major22/04/2017
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita22/04/2017
    BirdsMagpiePica pica22/05/2015
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes14/01/2017
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula21/02/2016
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae22/04/2017
    Ferns & HorsetailsHart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium21/02/2016
    Ferns & HorsetailsMaidenhair SpleenwortAsplenium trichomanes21/02/2016
    FliesAulagromyza heringii10/11/2019
    FungiJelly Ear FungusAuricularia auricula-judae21/02/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesWall BarleyHordeum murinum22/05/2015
    MammalsRabbitOryctolagus cuniculus22/05/2015
    MammalsMoleTalpa europaea21/02/2016
    MothsRose Case-bearerColeophora gryphipennella10/11/2019
    MothsRose Leaf MinerStigmella anomalella10/11/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna22/05/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDog-roseRosa canina14/01/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGorseUlex europaeus21/02/2016
    WildflowersGarlic MustardAlliaria petiolata22/05/2015