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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 lovely flat walk along the canal.

Having visited the Arkwright Mill, I crossed the road to see the cheese shop on the other side and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jane H
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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
Canal Boat Trip; a lovely peaceful way to spend a couple of hours

On a warm sunny day in May, the canal boat trips were busy so we booked our tickets ahead to avoid... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
enjay3005
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West Sussex
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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 3 days ago

Having visited the Arkwright Mill, I crossed the road to see the cheese shop on the other side and found the canal. The walk is easy for everyone with lovely views of the canal and surrounding countryside. Marley and I walked to High Peak Junction...More

Thank Jane H
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Reviewed 4 days ago

On a warm sunny day in May, the canal boat trips were busy so we booked our tickets ahead to avoid disappointment. We enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon on the electric canal barge, Birdwood, travelling sedately to Leawood Pump House (not open on our visit)....More

Thank enjay3005
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pick a day with good weather and you can make a day of it . There is tea rooms and a pumping station you can see if open .

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had to find a flat walk with views, that’s what we got, the pump house is worth a visit (free), the knowledge of the volunteers is immense, back to the walk.. great views and the footpath is clear, keep your dogs away from the...More

Thank Mandy H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A very pleasant relaxing walk along the canal was welcomed after our stomp over Jacobs Ladder and Pym’s chair.. The canal is steeped in history back dating to the Industrial Revolution..the pump station was of great amusement.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As part of a visit to Matlock Bath we walked to Cromford then along the canal to Whatstandwell. There appeared to be indication of a footpath along the river from Matlock Bath but our attempts led to blockages on both sides, so unfortunately had to...More

Thank Paul G
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Reviewed May 15, 2018

With the water so clear the reflections from the trees were lovely to look at. Except when the water was covered with duckweed, but that was sweet too, with the ducks and ducklings making paths through. There were lots of ducks herding their ducklings, mallards...More

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Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

My retired mum and I enjoyed an absolutely lovely trip on the Birdswood canal boat, pulled by a horse on bank holiday Monday. A two hour journey along the beautiful canal, gently gliding through the water...I cannot thank the volunteers enough, this trip is a...More

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Reviewed May 10, 2018 via mobile

Did a short walk along the canal.Weather warmed up,sun came out.Nice to have a peaceful walk by the canal.

Thank William G
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Reviewed May 5, 2018

As a family we all enjoy the Cromford Canel and often walk along the paths and it is signposted to take different paths and has lots of history attached to it and special events with a horse drawn barge and a lovely café with picnic...More

1  Thank HazelH57
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Jamie G
May 4, 2018|
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Response from Lambers2013 | Reviewed this property |
Cromford canal isn't a circular walk but there's nothing stopping you walking along it and back again. yes it's pushchair friendly
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tonisharley
March 2, 2018|
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Response from Jean T | Reviewed this property |
no there is no wheel chair access onto the boat
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mariabryant60
April 19, 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
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