The weather being what it was - and it was actually a bit cooler than yesterday - Grace and I took the opportunity at last to do the Foxton Locks and Village Treasure Trail.
This is one of over a thousand guided explorations of villages, towns and cities around the UK. This one was a Christmas present from Naomi and Eddie, and they got one for themselves that focusses on St Albans. They've already completed that, and we're looking forward to doing it while we're back there over the next few weeks.
The Foxton one was great fun. There were twenty clues to find and questions to answer, and it wasn't all easy, though the degree of difficulty isn't nearly as important as the enjoyment of the search. Though we know the locks well, the Trail still showed us things we'd not seen before, and taught us things we didn't know. And we'd never been in the village before, so that was all new to us. We recommend it highly!
Map of Foxton Locks, the first thing we had to find and study
Going up the Market Harborough Arm
Into Foxton Village
The Village Hall
A quiet place to rest in the shade
St Andrew's Church, Foxton
Footpath back to the locks
Parts of the old mechanism from the inclined plane
Looking up the plane as it is now...
...and down it to the canal
How it was the day it was opened (photo from www.fipt.org.uk)
The centre pound - passing place!
The stop gate in the arm to the top of the inclined plane
And back to Kantara!
The weather today is in very sharp contrast to how it was the first time we moored here, five years ago!