A map of the Main Canal of the Ashby Canal
The map displays a range of services available on the Main Canal of the Ashby Canal. Simply click the box next to any service being displayed in the Map Key on the left of your screen.
A brief history of the Main Canal of the Ashby Canal
|Canal length :||21.9 miles|
|Boat Length :||72ft|
|Height :||8ft 8ins|
|Width :||8ft 2ins|
|Draught :||4ft 7ins|
This section runs from Marston Junction near Bedworth to the Snareston Tunnel. The whole canal was opened in1804.
The canal is a contour canal so is all at one level and therefore has no locks. The original plan had been for it to be a braod canal, as is evident by some of the wide bridges and also the Snareston Tunnel.
In 1918 subsidence from the mining activities caused a breach in the canal at Moira. Continued subsidence lead to more closures at the northern end of the canal and finally the canal was closed just north of the Snareston Tunnel.
In 1990 the last coal mine closed and the subsidence ceased. It is hoped that this will lead to the canal being re-opened at some point in the future.
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