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Moira Furnace 2/5

The Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal, next to which Moira Furnace stands, is a 31-mile (50 km) long canal in England which connected the mining district around Moira, just outside the town of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, with the Coventry Canal at Bedworth in Warwickshire. It was opened in 1804, and a number of tramways were constructed at its northern end, to service collieries. The canal was taken over by the Midland Railway in 1846, but remained profitable until the 1890s, after which it steadily declined. Around 9 miles (14 km) passed through the Leicestershire coal field, and was heavily affected by subsidence, with the result that this section from Moira, southwards to Snarestone, was progressively closed in 1944, 1957 and 1966, leaving 22 miles (35 km) of navigable canal.

Moira Furnace 2/5

The Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal, next to which Moira Furnace stands, is a 31-mile (50 km) long canal in England which connected the mining district around Moira, just outside the town of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, with the Coventry Canal at Bedworth in Warwickshire. It was opened in 1804, and a number of tramways were constructed at its northern end, to service collieries. The canal was taken over by the Midland Railway in 1846, but remained profitable until the 1890s, after which it steadily declined. Around 9 miles (14 km) passed through the Leicestershire coal field, and was heavily affected by subsidence, with the result that this section from Moira, southwards to Snarestone, was progressively closed in 1944, 1957 and 1966, leaving 22 miles (35 km) of navigable canal.

comments (19)

A charming place to see here Brian. A very nice picture.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Frances, I believe this is a very nice walk but we were on a shoot with my camera club and didn't venture too far away from the main building I posted yesterday.
Such a lovely place for a walk!
Brian Walbey: Yes it is Elizabeth, one day we will go back and take a stroll along there.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 10 Jan 2012, 07:12
I suspect the towpath is now a national cycle route too. Well that's what seems to happen down here at least
Brian Walbey: I'm not sure about that Chris but I do agree, towpaths and old railway lines are favourites for cycle routes.
With the price of fuel canals might make a comeback !
Brian Walbey: Stranger things have happened under the sun Bill.
nice path for an afternoon stroll
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed it is Chantal and it looks to be wheelchair friendly if you are ever round that way.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Jan 2012, 09:49
A timeless slice of the English countryside.
Brian Walbey: Yes it is Ingrid. In this area now it is difficult to tell it was a heavily industrialised place with canals, mines railways and everything else from that period of time.
A beautiful, calm, green rural shot. So I'm not thinking about the industrial bit. LOL!
Brian Walbey: Yes the whole area has been de-industrialised over the years Sheila and is very pleasant.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 10 Jan 2012, 11:21
Despite the hard work it must have been a joy to venture out from the smoky towns to countryside like this Brian.
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Chad although i think the small town of Moira was quite heavily industrialised when the canal and Furnace were active, it isn't now though.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 10 Jan 2012, 12:07
This is a lovely afternoon path to stroll along the canal! What an once so important industry! We know in Germany the same problem or challenge: to preserve the monuments of old industrial sites and to revive them in a new creative way for the inhabitants and tourists.
Brian Walbey: Yes it is a nice area in which to stroll Philine with just a bit of the old industry on show like the Furnace from yesterday. On site is also a museum, craft shops and a nice cafe.
What a lovely place Brian. I wish I was there for awalk!
Brian Walbey: I'm sure you would enjoy a walk here Richard, North West Leicestershire countryside all round you.
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Jan 2012, 14:15
We have great canal walks down here in Wiltshie great capture.
Brian Walbey: Yes I believe you do Pedroeric, living here in the East Midlands we also have a lot of canals round and about.
Looks like a pretty nice 22 miles, though!
Brian Walbey: If it is all like this then it will be Tom.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Jan 2012, 16:05
Canals were once the lifeblood of the economy and were probably a major step forward for the movement of good when opened. I large number were taken over by the railways, I believe. The canla towpaths are very enjoyable now, especially on a bike (a bit monotonous on foot for long distances).
Brian Walbey: It was of course the coming of the railways that more or less done for the canals in general but it is good that there are people prepared to look after them, this one is very slowly being restored. BTW the roof at Pickering was re-constructed last year the old one being removed many years ago.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Jan 2012, 16:17
Good canal view, I wonder If Tolkien borrowed the name for his respelled Moria.
Brian Walbey: Yes I wonder John, thanks for your comment.
witness of a time, very nice composition Brian!
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed, thanks Juan.
A very nice place ... it invites to give long walks.

Un saludo Brian !
Brian Walbey: Yes it is a very pleasant walk along there.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Jan 2012, 19:50
A beautiful walk is calling, I can feel the warm sunny days looking at this, lovely Brian smile
Brian Walbey: It was a nice afternoon, we didn't walk the towpath but wandered through the woodland on the edge of the area.
Lovely tranquill scene
Brian Walbey: It is indeed Martin, thanks.
What a lovely place to take a quiet stroll along the river bank Brian... this photo draws me into it....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Yes it is a lovely spot, fortunately there wasn't too many people about that afternoon.

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