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Friars' Mill Moorings (Leicester) to Foxton Locks (28 miles, 28 locks)

The new floating pontoon moorings at Friars' Mill in Leicester City were lovely and surprisingly quiet, compared to other inner city moorings.  Security was relative to the private courtyard aspect of the site, although no lock was on the inner gates but a CRT padlock on the main gate (not locked overnight on this occasion)

We rose early to get to  Aldi at Aylestone for opening time, trying hard to tiptoe past our fellow moorers....sorry if we woke you!


A short 360 of Lock 41 at the football grounds

Love this secret backwater

Shopping done, we carry on towards Glen Parva

South Wigston

Kilby Bridge


Short video of the boats coming into a lock

Lovely scenery as we get higher

Newton Harcourt locks

So peaceful

After a well earned Aldi pizza and good sleep at Fleckney, the boats were readied for the last stint of this journey

Picking up the butty

Saddington Tunnel 881 yards long ~ time to test the tunnel light!

We have arrived at Foxton Locks!

Rather than going up the flight, we turned left to Market Harborough (5 and a half miles and no locks).  We had errands to do in town and it is nice to walk from the moorings instead of getting buses everywhere!

I had spent the entire morning cleaning the butty back cabin and putting up the curtains and lace which normally adorn it in the summer season.

Wow! Plenty of space for us for a change!  No sooner had we got moored and turned the engine off, than our friends Sheila and Jim came around the corner from their overnight mooring on the edge of the basin.  It was great to catch up with fellow traders (NB Islonian Flavours Afloat Coffee Emporium), but we still had to go into town and we hadn't eaten yet!  Weatherspoons it was then!

First thing in the morning, Richard walked back into town and caught the train to collect the car from Barrow.  He then had to drive back to Foxton and catch the bus from there to the boat.  
Once he had recovered from his travels, we moved off from the Market Harborough moorings, and worked our way slowly back to Foxton.
Yesterday morning we set off up the flight with the help of the wonderful volunteer lockies and Jim (moored above the locks) and got into our favourite mooring space for the weekend!
Come and see us if you are in the local area, as we will be here for the weekend with the shop open (weather permitting as usual!)