Ashby Canal - Things to Know Before Visiting
Ashby Canal, Swadlincote DE12, UK
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About Ashby Canal
Ashby Canal is a 31-mile long canal running from the mining town of Moira in Leicestershire to the point at which it connects with the Coventry canal in Warwickshire. It is the perfect destination for first-time boaters, more mature boaters, or those looking for a lock-free stretch of inland waterways. This gentle and pretty route is ideal for walkers too.
Attractions Near Ashby Canal
Moira Furnace is a nineteenth-century iron-making blast furnace, Museum and Country Park located in Moira, Leicestershire. There is also a restored section of Ashby Canal on the site so you may wish to enjoy a boat trip. Enjoy finding out about it's fascinating history, with woodland walks and trails to explore. It is a most important industrial monument, since it is remarkably well-preserved, and dates from a formative period of the Industrial Revolution.
The National Forest is a wonderfully varied landscape that is greening the heart of the country. You’ll find plenty of things to see and do and places to stay for a short break in and around our 200 square mile Forest. It stretches from the western outskirts of Leicester in the east to Burton upon Trent in the west, and is planned to link the ancient forests of Needwood and Charnwood.
Hicks Lodge, which is owned by Forestry England, is a fantastic day out for the whole family - from budding cyclists to the more confident. Set in beautiful young woodland at the heart of the National Forest, it has been designed with the whole family in mind with a variety of trails to explore.
Ashby de la Zouch Castle was the purpose-built seat of one of the most powerful men in late 15th-century English politics, William, Lord Hastings. Constructed on the site of an older manor house, two large towers and various smaller buildings had been constructed by 1483, when Hastings was executed by Richard, Duke of Gloucester.
Rosliston Forestry Centre is a hidden gem in the heart of The National Forest in South Derbyshire offering lots of activities for great days out. The mix of woodland and meadow, ponds, and play areas offer the perfect playground for visitors of all ages, all year round. At Rosliston, They have six beautiful Forest Lodges where you can enjoy a short break or longer holiday, at any time of the year. Each lodge is privately situated in its own secluded corner of woodland and offers a full range of
Twycross Zoo is a medium to large zoo near Norton Juxta Twycross, Leicestershire. It was now renowned as a World Primate Centre and has a wide variety of monkeys and apes including the UK's only group of bonobos. It has around 500 animals of almost 150 species, including many endangered species. Renowned as a specialist primate zoo, it is the only zoo in the UK to exhibit all four types of great ape: gorilla, orangutan, chimpanzee and bonobo, the latter being the only bonobos in the country.
Where is Ashby Canal
Discover More Attractions in Leicestershire, Where Ashby Canal Is Located
Leicestershire is a landlocked county in the English Midlands, being within the East Midlands. Leicestershire takes its name from the city of Leicester located at its centre and administered separately from the rest of the county. The ceremonial county – the non-metropolitan county plus the city of Leicester – has a total population of just over 1 million, more than half of which lives in the Leicester Urban Area.