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Cromford Canal

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Cromford Wharf | Cromford, Matlock DE4 3RP, England
+44 1629 823204
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A pleasant walk

We took a trip to Cromford Mill and while in the cafe the staff suggested that if we had time we... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Marty B
Romford, United Kingdom
A lovely walk

Very popular amongst locals, so it gets busy, but it is a very pleasant walkwith some interesting... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
dick h
Derby, United Kingdom
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The construction of the Cromford Canal by William Jessop and Benjamin Outram, partners in the Butterley company, was completed in 1794. It is 14.5 miles long and joined Cromford with the Erewash Canal at Langley Mill. The site has a wealth of industrial heritage and lies in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site. The canal is a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its entire length from Cromford to Ambergate. The 3.3km southern section from Whatstandwell Bridge to Ambergate is a Local Nature Reserve. The canal is a haven for water vole, a threatened and declining species, and for grass snakes, little grebes, moorhen and coots. The southern end towards Poyser's Bridge is excellent for dragonflies. The canal can be explored from the towpath between Cromford Wharf and Ambergate, a distance of just over five miles. The walk from Cromford Wharf to High Peak Junction is suitable for pushchair's and wheel chairs. We manage the section from Cromford to Ambergate for recreation and wildlife. The canal has a very rich and diverse wildlife running through the attractive Derwent Valley and part of it has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Local Nature Reserve. The Nature Reserve can be accessed from the north end at Whatstandwell or at the southern end from Ambergate by a towpath off Chase Road. The old towing path which follows the canal is a public footpath - please note that this path is narrow and uneven in places. Birdswood, a restored narrow boat is run on scheduled trips through the year by the Friends of Cromford Canal. Open to all members of the public. Come and enjoy a peaceful journey along the canal, from Cromford Wharf to High Peak Junction, introduced by a booming announcement from the FCC President, Brian Blessed. Birdswood is also available for private hire and for specialist educational trips. Limited canoeing is permitted on the Cromford Canal between Cromford Wharf and High Peak Junction. Because of the sensitive nature of the canal, numbers are strictly controlled. There's a Changing Places toilet for use by the public in the car park at Cromford Wharf.
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Cromford Wharf | Cromford, Matlock DE4 3RP, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a trip to Cromford Mill and while in the cafe the staff suggested that if we had time we should go to the canal - which turned out to be a good idea. The canal is a very pleasant place to walk and...More

Thank Marty B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very popular amongst locals, so it gets busy, but it is a very pleasant walkwith some interesting views and wildlife.

Thank dick h
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

Not been before but went for a meander on bank holiday. Nice and flat! Could do several lengths of walk. They had a horse drawn barge on that day with rides and the steam pumphouse was operating (check for dates for these as I don't...More

Thank Julie M
lois17, Business Services Assistant at Cromford Canal, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Thank you for taking time to do a review. Glad you enjoyed your day along the canal. You can check the DCC website for details of Leawood Pump opening. We also have the Engine House at Middleton Top which is well worth a visit if...More

Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

Excellent Cafe/Restaurant by the Canal at Cromford. Very friendly staff preparing really excellent fresh food. Seems to be our regular Friday venue, refreshments and then a walk, followed by tea. Always feel really relaxed after our visit.

Thank Stephen F
Reviewed 31 October 2017

I visited the Cromford Canal and High Peak Railway Junction Workshops on an overcast afternoon. The pay and display car park was just a small muddy area and the pay and display vending machine had been vandalised so that was a bonus. The setting of...More

Thank Roy S
lois17, Business Services Assistant at Cromford Canal, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Thank you for taking time to do a review. It is nice to hear people are enjoying the countryside and local history.

Reviewed 15 October 2017

Very pleasant afternoon on the horse drawn canal boat (note it is not horse drawn everyday so check before you go)

Thank nannydee01
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

This is a lovely walk through the valley, following the same level for much of the way. Wildlife meets kids learning to canoe and great industrial history.

Thank Viewlander
Reviewed 9 October 2017

I regularly walk the 5 mile stretch of the canal between Ambergate and Cromford. It's a steady and flat (obviously!) walk on an established towpath but I'd still recommend good walking footwear. You just have to watch out for the swans when they decide to...More

Thank BelperJon
lois17, Business Services Assistant at Cromford Canal, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

What more could you ask for indeed. Glad you are taking advantage of the countryside

Reviewed 5 October 2017

A relaxing and delightful way to spend an Autumn afternoon from High Peak junction down to Cromford. Walking by the canal with friends and relaxing with a welcome cuppa at the café. Lots to see and visit at the Cromford Mill end of the walk...More

Thank Hazel E
Reviewed 28 September 2017

A good light lunch at the cafe by the mill then the start of our leisurely walk along the tow path. Interesting sights along the way even a refreshment selling hut half way along. We did have to about turn when we came to a...More

Thank Dilly17
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19 April 2017|
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Response from booleyboy | Reviewed this property |
When you come to cromford heading towards Matlock, turn right at the lights , drive for approx half a mile, turn right into the only car park, which is at the side of the canal. Then enjoy your walk down the whole of the... More
10 September 2016|
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Response from Gary P | Reviewed this property |
Didn't see anyone fishing, then again not a fisher myself. Sorry!
ursula B
12 March 2016|
Response from SpiritOfViator | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we really regret that as a 1930s ex-working narrow boat, Birdswood is not wheelchair accessible. There is a high iron gunwale, with two steps up and then several steps down into the cabin. There are always crew members... More