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“Pleasant enough”
Review of Cromford Canal

Cromford Canal
Ranked #3 of 45 things to do in Matlock
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Owner description: 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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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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“Pleasant enough”
Reviewed November 6, 2012 via mobile

Nice walk, plenty to see. Bit muddy but that may just have been the 3 times we have been. Yeah, so probably not. You don't have to walk a long route even. If you're wondering what to do with that old bread, head to Cromford Wharf and feed the ridiculous amount of ducks. Who know they're onto a good thing. Just don't let the greedy bully swans or geese in on the action. Plenty of parking close by. Although I've never been in the height of summer so maybe not always? Peak district is my favourite part of England; it is just so accessible from so many large conurbations.

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English first
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“Carsington Water”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

Went for a walk around beautiful Carsington Water in Derbyshire. About 8.5 miles around. Lovely scenery and very peaceful even though there were lots of people doing the circuit. The visitor centre is very good with interesting shops and a couple of cafes. Going at this time of year gives you the benefit of the glorious colours in the trees and the lake is covered in sail boats. Parking is £4.50 for the whole day with plenty of spaces. Good for children as there is a large play area by the visitor centre. All in all a lovely day out.

Visited October 2012
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Swadlincote, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful scenery”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

We have walked alongside the canal from Ambergate to Cromford on many occaions and it is always beautiful in any weather. Parking available at Cromford, Whatstandwell railway station and Ambergate railway station - all are reasonable pay and display. There is a small amount of free parking adjacent to the canal at Whatstandwell, however, this is a small arfea and can be difficult to manouevre in and out of. The busiest stretch is from Cromford to Sheep Pasture Incline. The quietest section is always from Ambergate to Whatstandwell - sometimes we have only passed a few other people. Toilets available at Cromford and bottom of Sheep Pasture Incline, together with small shop selling sweets, ices and drinks. Lots of ducks to feed at Cromford! We have been lucky and seen water voles along the canal. Tunnel is interesting and kids love it! Highly recommended at any time of year!

Visited July 2012
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Southwold, United Kingdom
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“Now a sleepy backwater.”
Reviewed August 29, 2012

A quiet retreat from the noisy A6. Interesting buildings along its edges, Arkwrights Mill, Leawood Pumping Station. If you like industrial history this is the place for you.

Visited August 2012
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“A nice walk”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

we had a nice walk with our dog it was very pleasant we would walk again and take our granchildren, it was a good distance as we left our car at the staion and picked it up later. the pathway is a nbit muddy at times but normaly ok enjoyed it

Visited July 2012
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