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Address: Cromford Wharf, Matlock DE4 3RP, England
Phone Number: 441629823204
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The construction of the Cromford Canal by William Jessop and Benjamin...

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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Beautiful walk with stunning views

Just a beautiful area, with acres of lovely views, used by families, friends and hundreds of dog walking folk. There is a pay & display car park, during the summer months always... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Just a beautiful area, with acres of lovely views, used by families, friends and hundreds of dog walking folk. There is a pay & display car park, during the summer months always an ice cream van on site. Just a beautifully kept towpath with 360% panoramic views. Found this place by accident when I went to watch dog agility at... More 

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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lovely cafe suitable for walkers, families, dogs, cyclists etc. Nice walk down the canal watching the wildlife. Trip boat as well - what more could you want?

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Derbyshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We very often go walking on the Cromford canal with our walking groups. We always call for a drink and cake or scones. They also do soups salads ect. Nice to sit outside in summer watching the ducks on the canal also there is a narrow boat trips on certain days.

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derby
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We all really enjoyed this canal boat ride. The volunteers know lots about the area and history and are very friendly too. My 9 year old and 12 year old enjoyed it too. Hard to find things they like now but they liked this. Snacks and drinks to by onboard. Stopped at the top of the canal for a walk... More 

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Alfreton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

fab little place to have a leisurely stroll. Take the dog. Not many places to sit except at the meadows end or at cromford junction. Nice to walk up behind the junction to black rocks but its a long drag. Don't attempt it if youre not fully able bodied.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walk along this canal and sense the history of the early 1800s. The beginning of the industrial revolution when railways and canals came to their own. The canal runs alongside the single gauge railway. At high peak there are workshops dating back to 1820

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a lovely stroll along the canal starting at Cromford mill not a wide foot path but ample for buggies and wheelchairs theres a information centre where you can get hot drinks and snacks about a mile away with toilets Only draw back is dogs of leads and cyclists who speed along the path expecting yu to move out the... More 

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Thank John E
Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are some great walks in Derbyshire, this week I wanted a nice easy stroll in the sun, arrived before the cheese shop had opened & arrived back just after it had closed but the café was open & so had a scone & coffee before setting off. The walk is popular with all ages, people with prams, walking sticks,... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent about 2 hours walking up and down the canal. It is very peaceful with lots of wild flowers and insect life. Highly recommended.

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The canal is lovely and you can walk the towpath and see the wildlife and the whole vista. There is a possibility of taking a canal boat ride and on certain days of the year you can see horses pulling the canal boats. There is a cheese shop (closed mo days), a Pizza Restaurant and cafe and picnic tables. Perfect... More 

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