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*July 19 Regional Ramble – Foxton Locks, Leicestershire

Foxton Locks Thursday 18th July 2019

We met at Foxton Locks to grey skies and some rain but before we started the skies brightened and the sun came out.  Our group comprised of 7 scooters and 5 walkers including Val & Bob who came quite some distance to be with us. We set off along the road to the Bottom Lock and crossed the canal by the swing bridge. Leaving the canal onto a narrow very quiet lane, we met only one car and timed it just right as a very large tractor was approaching hedge trimming, just before our turning onto farmland towards Debdale Wharf.  Our coffee break was at the top of the hill with lovely views over the surrounding Leicestershire countryside and then continued passing sheep and horses in the fields.  We re-joined the canal opposite Debdale Marina and headed back towards Foxton Locks. After crossing Rainbow Bridge, a cobble stone bridge, we stopped for toilets at Bottom Lock before continuing to Top Lock for lunch.  With the sun still shining we continued to the viewpoint and returned passing the old canal to the Museum and back to the road where we had our afternoon tea at the café before returning to the car park in Gumley Road.

Judy Cunningham

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