Official visitor website for Leicestershire

My Shortlist

Shortlist symbol Add to shortlist button.

Type of Event


Visit Date






Or Event Name


image for Guided Walk item typeCanal Coal Clay and Bricks Walk at Moira Furnace Museum & Country Park

  • MLA's Museum Accreditation Scheme sets out nationally agreed standards for museums in the UK

Guided Walk, Sun 20 May 2018, free entry


Moira Furnace

Moira Furnace


Black to Green

01283 551211


Furnace Lane,
nr Ashby,
DE12 6AT


Starting at Moira Furnace we will take the Ashby Canal towpath to Donisthorpe Woodlands, which was once the most productive coal pit in the UK. We will pass by the old station and brickworks to follow the former route of Ashby Canal to Oakthorpe pit, Willesley junction, continuing to Hicks Lodge and then take the Newfields Trail back to Moira. The route includes mainly good paths with some fields and possibly wet, rough areas. Booking essential.

Walk Route: The route includes mainly good paths with some fields and possibly wet, rough areas.

Access: 8 stiles

Duration: 2.5 hours

Miles: 5

Disabled toiletsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs accepted

Applied for the Quality Assured Visitor Attraction award

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 20 May 2018 10:00


Free entry

There is a charge for car parking.


  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Applied for the Quality Assured Visitor Attraction award

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesLow potassium
    • YesLow sodium
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu



See location of Moira Furnace Museum and Country Park on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SK 314152  Lat: 52.73353 Long: -1.53641

Located in Leicestershire. From Leicester follow the A50 which then turns into the A511 straight through to Ashby. Travel through the centre of Ashby and follow signs for the B5003. Travel along this road and it will lead straight to Moira, turn left into Furnace Lane. It should be signposted. Alternatively catch the 118 bus from Stand C (St. Margarets). Phone Traveline for details of times and prices.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 16.1 km from Loughborough station