General description:

Moira village is 3 miles West of Ashby De La Zouch. This former mining village is at the heart of the National Forest and it's centre facilities - Conkers. Moira is a quiet village and a further sought after residential area and links through to local villages; Overseal, Donisthorpe, Woodville, Measham, Oakthorpe and Ashby and is home to a large area of woodland.


Moira is home to the National Forest Centre known as Conkers. Conkers discovery park with a range of outdoor activities and parks, provides several outdoor and indoor activities for children and hosts many events for adults within the evening and weekends. For further information visit the website at www.visitconkers.com.

Moira's second famous landmark is Moira Furnace Museum and Country Park which is also home to the Canal. In the early 18th Century the furnace and many buildings that were on site were converted in to cottages for the mineworkers and their families and in the mid to late 19th Century the remaining families moved out of the furnace buildings which is now used to form the museum. The main feature of the site is the impressive iron making blast furnace built in the early 18th century which has been fully restored. Here you can take a trip on a narrow boat on a restored section of the Ashby Canal and there is also an opportunity to walk alongside the canal taking various routes around the country park and children's play area and is ideal for a picnic on a family day out. There is a workshop available currently used as a craft village with a café and shop and there are regular events that are hosted on site. You can visit the website at www.moirafurnace.org.

On the edge of Moira village can be found Hicks Lodge National Forest cycle centre which provide cycle hire, a café, events that take place and dog walking is permitted on site where you will find water bowls around for the refreshment of your pet. Further information can be found at forestry.gov.uk.

Moving here?:

Local transport links are available via Ashby De La Zouch and Donisthorpe to the A42 motorway south of the village and Swadlincote and Burton Upon Trent via the A511 North.


Moira has a primary school which is situated on Blackfordby Lane and is within catchment for Ivanhoe Specialist Technology College and for high schools, Ashby School – both are situated in Ashby De La Zouch.

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