Foxton Locks

Foxton Locks

Been many years since we visited Leicestershire and a visit to Foxton Locks. There is easy parking however a bit expensive but its worth the visit. You have Ten locks in total working its way up a fair incline and only one boat at a time !. Back in 1900 they built an ingenious incline plane to help with boat congestion however it was not commercially successful and was disbanded after only ten years. You will find a museum there however its currently closed due to the pandemic but hopefully will open soon. We visited the Pub on the banks called the Foxton Locks Inn it sits on the bank of the canal with plenty of outside seating .

From Wikipedia

Staircase locks are used where a canal needs to climb a steep hill, and consist of a group of locks where each lock opens directly into the next, that is, where the bottom gates of one lock form the top gates of the next. Foxton Locks are the largest flight of such staircase locks on the English canal system.[citation needed]Bottom of Foxton Locks

Building work on the locks started in 1810 and took four years.[7]:3 Little changed until the building of the inclined plane resulted in the reduction in size of some of the side pounds.[7] While the inclined plane was in operation the locks were allowed to fall into decline to an extent and in 1908 the committee released £1,000 to bring the locks back into full (nightly) operation.[7]:35[8]

In 2008, the locks became part of the European Route of Industrial Heritage, a network which seeks to recognize the most important industrial heritage sites in Europe.[9]

The locks are usually manned during the cruising season from Easter to October and padlocked outside operating hours. This is done to prevent water shortages due to misuse and to ensure a balance between those wishing to ascend and descend. There can be lengthy delays at busy times but the actual transit should take approximately 45 minutes to one hour to complete; it is made quicker by the fact that the locks are narrow beam and the gates are light.

Ouzel Valley Park October 2020

A 7.5 mile walk around the lakes and canal in Milton Keynes. The weather was not great but we managed it rain free the whole route. The colours of autumn looked nice on the trees. It was all on easy paths a little muddy on the canal towpath but a good walk this one. The river you follow is the river Ouzel and this flows past Caldecotte lake  you will find a large weir and on the day we visited a huge amount of water was flowing over it. 

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Ivinghoe Beacon Walk September 2020

We took penny and roger for a hike around ivinghoe beacon a 9 mile walk. The weather was not great but at least the rain held off we did manage a nice pint at the Valiant trooper pub. Ive done this walk a hundred times but is always great this time of year, the autumn colours always look good. A nice easy route along good paths, can be a little muddy but nothing dreadful.

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Carlisle 7th September 2020

Carlisle Cathedral

Gail says we have visited this city before but I cannot remember one bit of it. We arrived after a hours drive from Rowrah and parked up for a visit. It’s a lovely old city with a castle and cathedral that we visited inside, the weather was not up much but on a nice day it looks like a great place to visit.

From Wikipedia. Carlisle (/kɑːrˈlaɪl/ kar-LYLElocally /ˈkɑːrlaɪl/ KAR-lyle;[1] from CumbricCaer Luel;[2][3] Scottish GaelicCathair Luail[4]) is a border[5][6] city and the county town of Cumbria as well as the administrative centre of the City of Carlisle district in North West England. Carlisle is located at the confluence of the rivers EdenCaldew and Petteril, 10 miles (16 km) south of the Scottish border.[7] Originally in the historic county of Cumberland, it is now the largest settlement in the county of Cumbria, and serves as the administrative centre for both Carlisle City Council and Cumbria County Council. At the time of the 2001 census, the population of Carlisle was 71,773, with 100,734 living in the wider city. Ten years later, at the 2011 census, the city’s population had risen to 75,306, with 107,524 in the wider city.[8]

Helvellyn September 2020

A great walk to the top of Helvellyn in cumbria in bad weather. Helvellyn stands at 3118ft and there are many routes to the top some hard and some rather easier. To the West of Helvellyn you find Thirlmere and and with the A591 right by it you will find a couple of large car parks we parked in the one called Wythburn . From the Car park just head East uphill, its hard going for the first mile but it levels off a bit there after however it is nothing challenging just watch your footsteps in bad weather. The views were great to start with then the cloud come down and spoilt everything I’m afraid we could not even see Striding Edge. A great walk but best enjoyed in better weather. PLease view our Viewranger Link.

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Ennerdale Water

Ennerdale Water

It’s grim up north !  Well due to the weather not being great we set off on a low walk around lovely ennerdale water. It’s a walk we have done many times I also have run it many times but this time we completely went over anglers cragg. Well it was a bad move as we have never seen rain like it in all our travels up there it threw it down and we got completely soaked to the skin, but we shall probably do it all again one day !  

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Packwood house a national trust home.

Packwood House

A lot of the National Trust properties are shut down due to the ongoing pandemic so you currently have to book a times ticket to gain entry. This list was to Packwood house that lies on the county of Warwickshire. The house dates from 1550 and has substantial gardens that you could freely walk around, just nice to finally get out and about . 

From Wikipedia

The house began as a modest timber-framed farmhouse constructed for John Fetherston between 1556 and 1560. The last member of the Fetherston family died in 1876.[3] In 1904 the house was purchased by Birmingham industrialist Alfred Ash.[4]It was inherited by Graham Baron Ash (Baron in this case being a name not a title) in 1925,[3] who spent the following two decades creating a house of Tudor character. He purchased an extensive collection of 16th- and 17th-century furniture, some obtained from nearby Baddesley Clinton. The great barn of the farm was converted into a Tudor-style hall with sprung floor for dancing, and was connected to the main house by the addition of a Long Gallery in 1931.[5]

In 1941, Ash donated the house and gardens to the National Trust in memory of his parents but continued to live in the house until 1947 when he moved to Wingfield Castle.[6]