GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Moira Furnace Walks

2 miles (3.3 km)

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 theEarl of Moirain 1804, during the Industrial Revolution. It has since been preserved by North West Leicestershire District Council as amuseumfeaturinglime kilnsand craft workshops.
The circular walk starts at the Furnace car park and then follows the 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.


DE12 6AT - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Walks near Moira Furnace


There are a few nice shops and a good on site cafe selling a range of meals and snacks.

Dog Walking

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.
Less than half a mile to the east you'll find Hicks Lodge. This expansive area of woodland includes pleasant walking trails around several pretty ponds. There's also some excellent mountain bike trails to enjoy here.
Just to the south east you'll find more woodland trails and a series of pretty lakes at Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood and Sence Valley Forest Park on the outskirts of Coalville.
The National Forest Way passes through the area. The long distance trail takes you to several of the highlights of the National Forest area.
Just to the west there's the Rosliston Forestry Centre to explore. The centre provides a wealth of information on the area and also has on site bike hire. The surrounding parkland is well worth exploring too with woodland trails, meadows, ponds, lots of butterfliesand some interesting sculptures to see. The Woodland Trust's Badger Wood can also be accessed in this area.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Leicestershire Walks page.


Moira Furnace - - 275644

Moira Furnace, with its ramp over the Ashby Canal, was Built by Francis Rawdon Hastings in 1804. Intending to exploit local minerals to smelt iron, it failed within months and was soon colonised by locals in need of housing. The building was used in this way right through to the early 1970's when it was earmarked for demolition. Thankfully it was saved and now is a jewel in Britain's industrial heritage.

The Ashby Canal at Donisthorpe, Leicestershire

The Ashby Canal at Donisthorpe, Leicestershire

Bridge over Bramborough brook - - 663668

Bridge over Bramborough brook

Engine House Cottage - - 602951

Engine House Cottage. Once a beam pumping engine house, now a des res with a Merecedes in the drive. Well known structure of IA (industrial archaeology) interest and photographed from the road outside.

Sleeping - - 561523

Sleeping The Moira Furnace trip boat, The Joseph Wilkes, is moored up at night alongside. Firefly in the middle of the canal in an attempt to stop local idiots messing about with it at night. Up ahead the swingbridge can be seen.

Pay a visit - - 561495

A dog poses by the sign in the park.

Pit cage from nearby Donisthorpe Colliery - - 275641

Pit cage from nearby Donisthorpe Colliery. This cage was a "spare" from the pit in the next village of Donisthorpe, and would accommodate 7 men per each of its 2 decks for the descent. Never used, it now stands in the shadow of Moira Furnace. It is quite sobering to stand inside it and imagine the cramped conditions endured by those of days past.

Canal terminus, Moira - - 60327

Canal terminus, Moira. The terminal basin of the Ashby Canal outside the National Forest Visitor Centre. Few boats will be seen here until the canal is restored and linked up again with the main canal network.


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