Workparty Wednesday 30 April 

Brick Rescue!

Meet at Snarestone terminus, Quarry Lane, Snarestone, DE12 7DD from 9am, to help rescue bricks from  the old bridge before the main  contract begins, to restore this length of the Ashby Canal. Wear stout footwear, and bring strong gardening type gloves. Light refreshments provided, and bring a packed lunch. (If you want to contact us beforehand, ring 07966 428127)

Moira Canal Festival 2014 is on 17,18 May, at Moira Furnace, DE12 6AT

For a look at the video of previous festivals

Click here for video

See MOIRA FESTIVAL Festival tab for update on  the 2014 event.

The Ashby Canal

The Ashby Canal was completed in 1804. Running from Bedworth, on the Coventry Canal to Moira, near Ashby de la Zouch, it suffered from mining subsidence during the first half of the 20th century, and was progressively closed to the current terminus at Snarestone in 1966. The Ashby Canal Trust was formed to promote the restoration of the Ashby Canal from Snarestone to Moira, bringing together the various authorities and organisations with an interest in the canal. It comprises a Board of Directors with associated administrative assistance, and supports work parties, contributes to the ongoing restoration of the Snarestone to Measham length, and promotes the Moira Canal Festival.

In 2010, the first length  of restored canal was opened at Snarestone, including a swingbridge and slipway.  A further short length has been completed and funding is being sought to enable this phase of the works to continue to Ilott Wharf, some 3/4 mile distant.


Don't forget -


17,18,May 2014. See Moira Festival tab as the 2014 festival is put together.