Ashby reaches north­wards

ASHBY CANAL

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IT MIGHT ONLY be a short length of canal, but the of­fi­cial open­ing shown in our pic­ture is a sig­nif­i­cant one. It rep­re­sents the first new struc­ture that boaters reach as they con­tinue be­yond the former head of nav­i­ga­tion of the Ashby Canal and onto the for­merly derelict North­ern Reaches. Orig­i­nally run­ning for 31 miles from Marston Junc­tion to near Moira, the canal was pro­gres­sively closed from the north end by min­ing sub­si­dence from the 1940s on­wards, leav­ing just 22 miles to Snare­stone open in 1966. Fol­low­ing many years of cam­paign­ing, the Ashby Canal Trust (a part­ner­ship in­volv­ing the Ashby Canal As­so­ci­a­tion, Le­ices­ter­shire Coun­cil and other groups) has se­cured a Trans­port & Works Act Or­der en­abling restora­tion of the sec­tion from Snare­stone to Measham. The first quar­ter-mile has now been re­stored, and the new Bridge 62 (built by con­trac­tors with brick cladding added by Wa­ter­way Re­cov­ery Group vol­un­teers) was of­fi­cially opened by the Chair­man of Le­ices­ter­shire Coun­cil on nar­row­boat Water­loo Sun­rise, crewed by ACT Chair­man Ge­off Purs­glove.

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