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Canal Boat Holidays on the Grand Union Canal


We hire canal boats from Union Wharf marina in Market Harborough, Leicestershire.

The marina is located on the Leicester Arm of the Grand Union Canal.

We hire canal boats for short breaks (3 to 6 nights) and full week holidays (7 nights).

Day boat hire is also available from Union Wharf Marina.

Cruising from Union Wharf Marina, for six miles takes you onto the Grand Union Canal, where you can travel north towards Leicester or south through The Foxton Locks.

Foxton has two staircases of locks, each with five locks to navigate. Market Harborough is an attractive market town, whose center is within walking distance of Union Wharf Marina.

Foxton Locks

Experience the Foxton Locks from our Location


The Foxton Locks are situated on the Grand Union Canal, and are an easy three hour cruise from the Leicestershire town of Market Harborough.

The flight of locks at Foxton was built in 1810. It used to take 45 minutes to climb 75 feet, and used thousands of gallons of water. Boat size was restricted, as was the maximum load each could carry. With the railways in direct competition, there was a need for bigger boats to be able to carry coal from the north, direct to London. Wider locks were dismissed, as these would use too much water from the canals summit pound. Read the full Foxton Locks article

The Grand Union Canal meanders across the Midlands, and sweeps through the peaceful countryside of the South East of England. Our canal boat marina is situated in the picturesque town of Market Harborough in Leicestershire, at the heart of the inspirational sights and scenery found on the Grand Union Canal.