MARKET HAR­BOR­OUGH

Canal Boat - - Arms & Dead Ends -

As orig­i­nally planned, Market Har­bor­ough was to be served by the main line of the Le­ices­ter­shire & Northamp­ton­sire Union Canal on its way from Le­ices­ter to the River Nene. But plans changed (sev­eral times, in fact): the L& N Union got no fur­ther south than Market Har­bor­ough, and later, when the through route was cre­ated, it was via a dif­fer­ent canal, the (orig­i­nal) Grand Union. This led south from a junction at Fox­ton, leav­ing the Fox­ton to Market Har­bor­ough length as a back­wa­ter. It fact, its sta­tus as a dead end was one rea­son the In­land Wa­ter­ways As­so­ci­a­tion chose it for the first ever Na­tional Rally of Boats in 1950, so the moored craft wouldn’t get in the way of any through freight traf­fic.

It’s a con­tour canal, me­an­der­ing as it holds the level with no locks in its five miles. But to make up for the lack of locks, there are a cou­ple of swing­bridges, one by Fox­ton Junction and one (car­ry­ing a mi­nor road) in Fox­ton vil­lage.

Apart from Fox­ton (handy for pubs), the arm is ru­ral un­til the last half mile into Har­bor­ough. There’s a boatyard at the basin, and a ten minute walk into the market town.

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