Welcome to the Ashby Canal Association

Ashby Canal Association was formed in 1966, born out of concern caused by progressive closure of the northern 8 miles due to mining subsidence.  ACA is now actively promoting their restoration and re-connection to the navigable canal and over recent years the Association’s work-parties have significantly contributed to the voluntary effort of the restoration project.

Ashby Canal MapThe Association seeks to promote the canal and its surroundings as an amenity for all users, whether walkers, anglers, boaters or a canal related business. At the same time it is intent on preserving the canal’s rural character.

Our newsletter “Spout” is published quarterly and delivered to all members of the Association.

ACA organises canal related talks and social events, usually on the second Monday of the month. Check our news & events page for details. Entry is free, non-members are welcome and a bar service is available.

ACA plays a major role in organising the annual Shackerstone Family Festival and boat rally in early September and fully supports the Ashby Canal Trust and their annual Moira Canal Festival held in May.

The Association is a registered charity; it receives no funding from any official source.  ACA is affiliated to the Inland Waterways Association.

Gilwiskaw Brook Aqueduct Appeal

In 1804 the the Ashby Canal was completed, including an aqueduct over the Gilwiskaw Brook. The brook runs from north of Ashby de la Zouch to the river Mease, just east of the canal crossing. The brook is designated a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), which gives it a high degree of protection for its wildlife interest.

The Ashby canal is currently being restored, with a significant length being rebuilt north of the current terminus.

One of the next major steps in the restoration is to get an aqueduct built to a design approved by Natural England, (the national body overseeing wildlife protection and countryside access) to replace that demolished in the 1960s when this northern length of the canal was abandoned. Leicestershire County Council now has full permission to build the canal to Measham, and you can help the Ashby Canal Association raise money towards building the new aqueduct.

How can you help?

1 – Buy a brick.
2 – Buy an inscribed brick.
These bricks are planned to be included in the brickwork of the aqueduct, once the basic structure is completed, forming a lasting and visible contribution.
3 – Make a donation.
To help us please CLICK HERE download a form.

AWCC ‘Alert’ Newsletter

ACA Members can access ‘Alert’ the newsletter of the AWCC by going on to their website: www.awcc.org.uk

Original Act of Parliament for the creation of the Ashby CanalAct of Parliament

We have photographed the original Act of Parliament relating to the creation of the Ashby Canal. You can view the complete document by clicking HERE. The file may take a while to download.

Want to help us raise funds?

Please click on the link at the bottom of the page! By shopping online through Easyfundraising, participating retailers will donate a small sum of money to the ACA. This costs you nothing! Click here to see other ways of making a donation towards the restoration of the Ashby Canal.