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A map of the Moira Section of the Ashby Canal

The map displays a range of services available on the Moira Section of the Ashby Canal. Simply click the box next to any service being displayed in the Map Key on the left of your screen.


to see the complete range of services available on the canal.

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A brief history of the Moira Section of the Ashby Canal

Canal Details
Canal length : 1.4 miles
Locks : 0

The 1.5 mile Moira section is all that is left of the northern section beyond the Snarestone Tunnel.

The canal was built to carry coal form the local mines but the subsidence caused by the mines lead to the closure of this section. The Ashby Canal Association was formed in 1992 to ensure that more was closed and, im the long term, to work towards re-opening the section.

Despite gaining funding in 1997 of over £1 million, the scheme was blocked by one land owner who refused to sell a patch of land and the funding subsequently lost. The Ashby Canal Trust was set up in 2000. It is a limited company, with directors representing the Ashby Canal Association, British Waterways, the Inland Waterways Association, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Leicestershire County Council and North West Leicestershire District Council.It is hoped that the missing patch of land will be purchased voluntarily or, if necessary, by use of a complusary purchase order.

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