Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail

Route Details

  • From - to: Between Measham and Moira near Ashby-de-la-Zouch
  • Type: Railway path - largely flat with ramped links, mostly traffic-free
  • Surface: Mostly stone-surfaced path
  • Distance: 3.5 miles
  • National Cycle Network: Route 63

Route Description

Now forming part of the new National Forest, this area was once an industrial landscape, ravaged by mining.

The route runs from Measham to Moira passing through countryside which is rich in social and industrial history. You will pass through old Donisthorpe Colliery site, now a Woodland Park, and there are links to the old mining village of Oakthorpe and Moira Furnace, thought to be the best-preserved 19th century blast furnace in Europe. At Moira, you can visit Conkers, a forest-themed attraction with a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities.

At Waterside, the northern basin of the Ashby Canal, which was closed by subsidence in the 1940s, has been rebuilt. Eventually, this ambitious project aims to reconnect with the national canal network at Snarestone, south of Measham. You can already ride the towpath, snaking back to rejoin the Heritage Trail via Moira Furnace.

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Things to see and do

Bike hire

Route gpx download

This route is available as a gpx download that is compatible on all major gps devices.

Download: Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail.gpx

Towpath Code

To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure you follow the Towpath Code.

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Map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.

Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail follows the old Ashby and Nuneaton Railway, which itself replaced an 18th century canal.

4 miles