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Address: Cromford Wharf, 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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Checked out both ends!

We were interested in this canal and wanted to see it. We looked at the mill end initially then later up near Whatstandswell. There it was silted and overgrown. Still there is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice area nice and quiet had a few runs down the track and had a coffee once in the cafe wasn't bad enjoyed it, plenty of young ones playing Pokemon games to seemed they were successful with that

Thank Reidy1982
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were interested in this canal and wanted to see it. We looked at the mill end initially then later up near Whatstandswell. There it was silted and overgrown. Still there is a nice walk alongside it. YMMV

Thank wing6rider-Australia
Matlock, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Pleasant family walk, which includes beam engine water pump (only open certain days) and High Peak Junction. Cafe at Cromford end to complete your walk. On last visit saw rare Water Vole and Dabchicks diving.

Thank phil885
Matlock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We are locals to the area and we regularly walk along the Cromford Canal for the peace and quiet. It's a gorgeous area to walk and relax.

Thank Andrew B
Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely gentle ride along the waterway. The volunteer staff were friendly and helpful and the commentary about the history of the site very informative. The flowers and wild life along the tow path were varied and beautiful.

Thank gillianwall2016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The walk has no ascending or descending points as it is a canal. There is great wildlife, I've seen a pike, heron, kingfisher amongst some other great birdlife. I think it is 18 miles to Ambergate and 24 total. The cafe is great, it's a great place to take the kids for the day, go dog walking, see some wildlife... More 

Thank Fe F
Doncaster, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Walked with the dogs, beautiful scenery near Matlock. Lovely way to wile away an afternoon. Refreshments nearby & Cromford Mill for some lovely gifts for family or yourself!

Thank Gary P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visted the Cromford canal and rode the narrow boat with our kids. Strongly recommend booking as there where others in the car park disappointed that the boat was fully booked. Lovely trip the volunteers were all great the kids loved visiting the cabin.

Thank Lisa K
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is advertised as a peaceful trip down the canal behind the beautiful Clydesdale mare, Chelsea. The stretch of the canal to the aqueduct is lovely, but don't expect peace. It is broken at the outset by the booming recorded safety broadcast by Brian Blessed! A commentary on the history of the canal - well delivered by a volunteer -... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had no problems booking and paying for our tickets for the Birdswood narrow boat on line to go along the Cromford Canal. There was plenty of parking in the car park although we didn't use it. Lots of volunteers at the wharf/ boat to help people on board. Safety talk given prior to commencing trip. Volunteers were excellent, making... More 

Thank AnnandBob99

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