With its mixture of newer-style housing and older-aged properties, Foxton holds appeal to a range of tastes. It also enjoys the double benefit of remaining a most attractive, true English village, whilst still being only a short driving distance from the bustling, market town of Market Harborough, which hoasts a full range of amenities. Foxton is, of course, famous for its remarkable flight of ten locks ( Foxton Locks website ) and inclined plane, situated on the Grand Union Canal, which runs through the village. However, the visitors’ centre for these attractions is situated outside the centre of the village. Foxton lies in some of Leicestershires prettiest rolling countryside.
In the early 19th century, the famous staircase of ten locks (the longest of all on the English canal system) was built to enable canal boats to ascend and descend the steep incline of land on the Grand Union Canal just outside Foxton. Around a century later, in response to the need to accommodate ever larger barges which navigated the waterways, the Foxton Inclined Plane Barge Lift was added. It was a wonderful piece of Victorian engineering, designed to widen the canal whilst conserving water and speeding up traffic. Unfortunately it was no match for trains and was only in active commercial operation for around 10 years.
Foxton is situated about three miles to the north-west of the market town of Market Harborough and about a mile off the A6, the main trunk road leading directly into the city of Leicester.
Nearby Market Harborough benefits from a main line railway station with trains running directly to London St Pancras. The A6 provides good links into the city of Leicester and surrounds, with the M1/M6 motorway intersection lying around 12 miles away on more of a ‘country run’.
A public bus service continues to service the village.
The local Parish Church of England, St. Andrew, can be found on Main Street.
Foxton village hall ( The Robert Monk Hall )has catering facilities and various sized rooms which are used for receptions, parties, sports teams, club meetings, committee meetings, fitness/sports sessions, performances etc.
The Foxton Historic Trail leads walkers around the village pointing out a number of buildings with historic interest. Included in the tour is the Robert Monk (village) Hall, the Baptist Church built in 1865 of Foxton brick, Spring Cottage and Forge House.
There are two public houses in the village itself, The Black Horse and The Shoulder of Mutton,
At the actual site of the Foxton Locks Country Park, with its Museum, Shop etc, can also be found two other public houses, Bridge 61 and The Foxton Locks Inn both offering the usual range of food and drinks. In addition, The Boathouse is open seasonally for snacks, coffee and so on, but can also be hired for private functions.