Market Harborough in beautiful sunny weather has a continental feel and there is a terrific restaurant where we can sit outside and enjoy gin cocktails and good food.
We have made two trips there recently, so this blog entry has some pictures of those journeys. It takes a day to go from Yelvertoft to the top of Foxton Locks, then a morning (or more if you are unlucky with the lock queues) to go down Foxton locks and along the Harborough Arm to Union Wharf. The trip from Yelvertoft to Market Harborough can be done in 30 minutes by car! Canal travel is slow, especially when the canals follow the landscape as the Grand Union does. It takes us a couple of hours just to leave the village of Yelvertoft.
The trip involves going down Foxton Locks. This amazing 10-lock flight has been covered before in this blog, so here are just a few videos from these particular trips:
On the second trip, the Foxton Festival was in full flow. We have now got our trader’s licence for ‘Froth on the Daydream’, so one day we will probably join in with these trading boats that sell a range of wares to the passers-by. In the meantime, Louise continues to sell her leather roses across the world.
Going through Foxton Locks turns Froth into an instant tourist attraction!
These “gongoozlers” did everything except climb aboard! They peered through the windows, taking photos of the interior (quite what they expected to see is anyone’s guess) and peppered both Louise and I with endless questions. These ranged from: “is this boat really your home?” to “when is your wife going to get on board?” People sometimes find it hard to accept that Louise operates the paddles. They see sexism in the division of labour, as Andy does the ‘easy’ business of steering the boat into the locks.
The Harborough Arm is a very beautiful and winding stretch. There are a few houses along the way, including this peculiar one which is apparently something to do with the Scottish Clan Kerr. The motto translates as: “late, but in earnest”.
There are also two swing bridges to navigate. This one involves actually stopping the road traffic.
The prize for all this is to arrive at the moorings at Harborough Basin or Union Wharf. It costs £10 per night, but it is well worth it for the electricity hook-up, free water, facilities, and the general ambience, which is fabulous…
…even at night!