Ashby Canal (unrestored)
The Ashby Canal (unrestored) is a narrow canal and is part of the Ashby Canal. It runs for 4 miles and 1 furlong from Brooks Close Terminus (where it joins the Ashby Canal (restored but unconnected)) to Ashby Canal Current Head of Navigation (where it joins the Ashby Canal (Main Line)).
The exact dimensions of the largest boat that can travel on the waterway are not known. The maximum headroom is not known. The maximum draught is not known.
This waterway is excluded by default from route planning with the following explanation: "no reason given"
Relevant books - waterway maps:
- Waterway Routes 01M - England and Wales Map
- Waterway Routes 47M - Ashby Canal Map (Downloadable)
- Waterway Routes 47M3 - Ashby Canal (Restoration Sections) Map (Free Download)
Relevant books - waterway guides:
- Collins Nicholson Waterways Guides No 3 - Birmingham & the Heart of England
- Pearsons Canal Companion: South Midlands and Warwickshire Ring & Ashby and Connecting Canals
|Brooks Close Terminus|
|Site of Proposed Donisthorpe Bridge No 72
|½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Site of Proposed Cockspur Bridge No 71||2 furlongs||0 locks|
|Site of Proposed Oakshot Footbridge||4¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Oakthorpe Country Park and Picnic Site||5¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Site of Oakthorpe Colliery||6¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Bramborough Lane Bridge||1 mile and 1¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Saltersford Valley Picnic Area||1 mile and 2 furlongs||0 locks|
|Site of Proposed Steam Mill Bridge
|1 mile and 3 furlongs||0 locks|
|Coronation Lane Bridge||1 mile and 6½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Chapel Street Bridge (Oakthorpe)||1 mile and 7¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Site of Proposed A42 Bridge||2 miles and 1½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Meer Bridge||2 miles and 2¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Measham Wharf Branch Junction
Junction of the Ashby Canal with the Measham Town Wharf Branch
|2 miles and 3 furlongs||0 locks|
|Site of Proposed Measham Aqueduct||2 miles and 5 furlongs||0 locks|
|Site of Proposed Horses Lane Bridge||2 miles and 6¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Site of Proposed Gallows Lane Bridge||3 miles and 3½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Site of Ilott Wharf||3 miles and 6 furlongs||0 locks|
|Site of Proposed Gilwiskaw Brook Aqueduct||3 miles and 6¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Ashby Canal Current Head of Navigation
Just beyond Faulkes circular winding hole
|4 miles and 1 furlong||0 locks|
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Wikipedia has a page about Ashby Canal
The Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal 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.
The abandoned section is the subject of a restoration project and is the first canal where a new section has been authorised under the Transport and Works Act 1992. The Transport and Works Order was obtained by Leicestershire County Council, as some of the original route has been infilled and built over, and restoration therefore involves construction on a new route through the centre of Measham. It is hoped that all but the final 1-mile (1.6 km) section of the canal can be re-opened. An isolated section near Moira Furnace and the National Forest visitor centre was opened between 1999 and 2005, and is the location for an annual trailboat festival.