Moira Furnace Walks
This attraction in Moira includes a 36 acre country park with walking and cycling trails along the Ashby Canal. The Iron furnace was built by the Earl of Moira in 1804, during the Industrial Revolution. It has since been preserved by North West Leicestershire District Council as a museum featuring lime kilns and craft workshops.
The circular walk starts at the Furnace car park and then follows thw Ashby Canal south to Donisthorpe Woodland park. You can then pick up a section of the waymarked Ivanhoe Way to take you back towards the car park.
You can extend the walk by continuing north to Conkers Waterside park and the terminus of the canal where you'll find the National Forest visitor centre.
PostcodeDE12 6AT - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Walks near Moira Furnace
- Ashby Canal - Follow the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal from Bedworth in Warwickshire, to the little village of Snareston in Leicestershire
- Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail - This lovely short cycle and walking trail runs from Measham near Ashby-de-la-Zouch to Moira along a disused railway path
- Ivanhoe Way - Travel through the setting of Sir Walter Scott's 19th century novel on this circular walk around Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire.
The path starts Ashby-de-la-Zouch and first heads to Moira where you will follow the Ashby Canal for a short stretch
- Sence Valley Forest Park - Enjoy a series of lovely cycling and walking trails in this good sized country park near Ibstock
- National Forest Trail - Explore the National Forest in Leicestershire and Derbyshire on this super figure-of-eight cycle ride
- Swadlincote - The Derbyshire town of Swadlincote is located close to the borders with Leicestershire and Staffordshire
- Coalville - This Leicestershire based town is close to a number of peaceful woodland areas and an excellent viewpoint at the high point in the county.
There are a few nice shops and a good on site cafe selling a range of meals and snacks.
The area is dog friendly with bins dotted around the site. The parkland and woodland paths are popular with dog walkers so you'll probably see other owners on your visit.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail passes the site, providing an opportunity for further exploring this historic area. It additionally visits the Donisthorpe Colliery site exposing you to more of Moira's industrial heritage.
If you head north you could visit neighbouring Swadlincote and the lovely Bretby Park.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Leicestershire Walks page.