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Cromford Canal

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Cromford Wharf | Cromford, Matlock DE4 3RP, England
+44 1629 823204
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walk with a view

Had a nice walk down this canal to a small museum. We took a break with a coffee and strolled back... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Simon E
Grantham, United Kingdom
Great place

Took grandkids for a walk along this canal and they loved it.walked from beginning to the cafe at... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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
+44 1629 823204
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Reviewed yesterday

Had a nice walk down this canal to a small museum. We took a break with a coffee and strolled back to view the warf and its Cheese shop. All in all a lovely Afternoon.

Thank Simon E
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Took grandkids for a walk along this canal and they loved it.walked from beginning to the cafe at the end feeding the ducks on the way.places to sit and rest on the way.

Reviewed 5 days ago

Excellent afternoon was spent on the Cromford Canal while visiting the area. We decided to book a two hour tour canal boat ride and we were so glad we did. This attraction is run by a group of volunteers who go out of there way...More

Thank NinaBrenwood
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed a gentle two hour cruise on a restored narrow boat on the Cromford Canal - everything is run by volunteers who have a long term vision of restoring the whole Cromford Canal to former glories. Some nice water birds - pleasant scenery -...More

Thank Kathryn M
Reviewed 1 week ago

I often walk by the Cromford Canal, and love its serenity and its wildlife, but today I decided to take a trip on the boat for the first time. You can book tickets online or by telephone if you wish. I had not done so,...More

Thank Lynn W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful 2 hour long boat trip, with a very knowledgeable tour guide. the boat is very clean and well looked after, tea and coffee served if required. if you have 2 hours to spare a well worth trip

Thank Jean T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rather disappointing as there was a lack of information about the various areas given how important it was. The restored engine shed houses two extensive miniature railway displays, one OO Gauge and the other N Gauge, entry is free and donations are gratefully accepted Nice...More

Thank Pete C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I walk this canal at least once a month, from ambergate to cromford stopping for a coffee at high peak junction and a some water for my dog sketch 😊👍

Thank Alan P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a ride on the narrow boat over the bank holiday weekend end August and loved every minute of it. The crew were very friendly and gave a good commentary as we travelled along. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys the slower pace on...More

1  Thank mackenzie611
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We love coming to cromford canal. A lovely walk and you can get canal boat rides too. I have a 2 (nearly 3) year old and a baby. My toddler loves having a walk there, seeing the ducks and boats. There's a lovely little coffee...More

Thank AnnieLee28
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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