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Address: Cromford Wharf | Cromford, Matlock DE4 3RP, England
Phone Number: 441629823204

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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Take a leisurely stroll along the tow path, or be more energetic, this is somewhere to get away from the grim and dirt of modern life and lose yourself. I walked about 2 miles... read more

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Take a leisurely stroll along the tow path, or be more energetic, this is somewhere to get away from the grim and dirt of modern life and lose yourself. I walked about 2 miles from Cromford and back again with my dog and didn't come across a single vehicle.

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Matlock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You can park at cromford and go to the mill and then have a lovely walk along the canal either a short walk to high peak junction for an ice cream or carry on towards amber get which is not so busy section. There is now a horse drawn barge at weekends which you can ride on.

Thank Michelle D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a canal so it's level which came as a pleasant relief after all the amazing hilly walks in this area. It's a hard surface which makes it easy for wheelchairs and we saw lots of people with walking sticks going at their own pace. There were enough people to make it feel friendly but not crowded - everyone around... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A nice place to walk, the canal is easy going and pleasantly busy. Great countryside as you wander alongside the canal. Worthy of visit and good for your health too!

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belper derbyshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We often go for a walk here with our dogs. It's always a lovely peaceful walk. Can get really busy during the summer !

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely walks along the canal tow path. Beautiful scenery and points of interest. Very good coffee shop with good food, coffees, afternoon teas, cakes. There are trips available on a narrow boat and a trip on a horse drawn narrow boat is also available if you book in advance. Everything reasonably priced.

Thank wendyc2020
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a lovely walk along the canal. We were fortunate that as it was a saturday and the steam pump house alongside the canal was working. What a fabulous piece of engineering! Again another of those places run on charitable donations and the commitment of volunteers. Another piece of history from a bygone age and well worth supporting. Look out... More 

Thank Mudge15
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We always enjoy the walk along the Cromford Canal at any time of the year. An easy walk from Cromford Mills to High Peak Junction or all the way to Ambergate and places between, depending how far you want to walk. Lots of wildlife, peace and quiet and no hills!

Thank David F
Matlock, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What remains of the Cromford canal runs from Ambergate to Cromford Mills. Much of the canal is non navigable and given over to a nature reserve though the tow path is well maintained and level and easy with a pushchair. The route runs along the Derwent Valley and has some scenic views. Before reaching Cromford you can turn up the... More 

Thank MattP1975
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Had always wanted to go on a barge /long boat for a weekend .As a trip was advertised to go on the canal at Cromford , decided a good opportunity to try . Date of trip 21 Sept , a lovely warm day. Cost around £8 ppl so very reasonable for a leisurely 2hour s. About twenty people were also... More 

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