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Sunday 18th February, 2024:Moira Furnace Museum and Country Park Here are the details of this month's walk on Sunday 18th February. We will meet to start the walk at 10.30 prompt, in the car park of the Moira Furnace Museum & Country Park. Post code: DE12 6AT. Grid ref: SK312152 What3words: https://w3w.co/lavished.retrial.crops
Moira is near Measham - just off the A42, or near Ashby or south of Swadlincote (depending where you are coming from). The road in is clearly signed, Moira Furnace Museum - there are tourist brown signs.
Car park (There are several on site - park in whichever one has space but we will meet in the first one you get to after turning off the road / the lowest of the carparks. The car park is on the right as you come down the lane towards the site.) There are toilets in the courtyard and a good cafe called the Hub. The cafe opens from 10am.
Car parking is free- but they suggest donations which you can do via QR code, text, or cash in the Museum when it is open - which it is not during winter. (However, some of the promotional leaflets for the area say that the car parks are free.)
Distance 8 miles. Easy. If the weather is really bad we can adjust the walk to make it shorter. There will also be an option to wait part-way round as the walk loops back to the lunch point and cafe - see below. This option might make a total walk of just over 6.5 miles.
This is a very interesting walk on the former coalfield with lots of industrial archaeology, the Ashby canal, the Furnace, and former coal fields. There is a mix of walking - along the canal, through parts of the National Forest, including nature reserves, and there are even views, weather permitting.
The walk is on tracks, surfaced tracks, some paved areas and few short footpaths - some of which can be muddy and wet in parts. Waterproof boots will be needed, especially if it’s been raining recently. It is mainly flat - with a few inclines but always on good tracks, so not difficult. There are only 3 stiles (with good dog access) and one ‘bar’ across onto a footbridge.
Although we do not cross any fields with livestock (on the recce at least), most of the walk requires that dogs are on leads - partly because of shared use of tracks (cycles, horses, and in a couple of places vehicles) and nearby canals/roads, or because of local bye-laws.
The best cafe for tea/cake etc is about 1 - 1.5 miles from the end of the walk - at Hick’s Lodge. This is also the most likely lunch spot (good picnic tables and toilets etc), and is also the place where anyone not wanting to do the whole walk could wait for us to come back from our woodland loop.
(There is also a good cafe at the end - see car park info - but it’s small and won’t accommodate us all. We can work it out if some people would rather go there at the end; it closes at 4.)
New to Nottingham HD? For those of you who have not walked with us before, we normally bring a packed lunch and walk for around 4 - 4.5 hours, with some people stopping for tea & refreshments afterwards.
What to bring If you are new, you might want to read what you need to bring (food, drink, clothing) and a bit more general information about the walks on our general info page on this site.
We look forward to seeing you on the day
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