Heart of the Forest Trail Celebration

Join us at Moira Furnace Museum to celebrate the seven new interpretation hubs that have been installed across the Heart of the Forest Trail. These installations have been inspired by the communities throughout the Heart of the Forest and tell the stories of ‘The Best Pit in the UK’, ‘A Spa by a Mine’, ‘The Village of Borra-Nock’ and much more.

Come along and follow a fascinating tale of industrial heritage and environmental regeneration. The event will provide information so that you are able to explore the trail independently, along with opportunities to take part in a guided route. There will also be the background to the creation of the hubs and their stories, a series of new Heart of the Forest Trail geocaches will go live, plus cycling and orienteering info from Sustrans & Leicestershire Orienteering Club, as well as cake and other refreshments.

Two guided walks will take place from the Furnace at 10.30am. Both are limited capacity (20 places), so booking is essential.

Northern Circuit – a 4.5 mile walk (including 1 stile) led by Hazel McDowell, covering Furnace Plantation, Moira Junction South, Albert Village Lake and Bath Yard Basin.

Southern Circuit – 5.5 mile walk led by Ian Malcolm, covering Furnace Plantation, Hicks Lodge, Thortit Pit and Donisthorpe Colliery.

Both walks will include a combination of surfaced tracks and field paths that can be muddy after rain, so walking boots are recommended.

To book a place on either walks contact or call 01283 551211. To attend the rest of the celebration event, just drop by – no booking needed.


Photo of the detail of Hicks Lodge interpretation hub including Black to Green text and a fox

Event Information

Date:25 Aug 2018

Time:10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Address:Moira Furnace
Furnace Lane
DE12 6AT
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