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Birdswood

Mill Lane | Cromford Wharf, Cromford, Matlock DE4 3RQ, England
+44 7552 055455
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Perfect day out with dogs

What a beautiful trip. 2 hr round trip to the pump house. Ran by wonderful volunteers, who were... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
HolidayLover1973
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kent
canal boat peace

wonderful relaxing way to travel especially when pulled by a horse. Interesting commentary and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
anon8182018
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Matlock, United Kingdom
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Birdswood is an historic ex-working narrow boat belonging to canal restoration charity The Friends of Cromford Canal. The boat and gift shop at Cromford Wharf are run by a dedicated team of volunteers. Birdswood runs scheduled public trips from March to October. Additionally we operate theme events, school trips and exclusive charters, making the boat an ideal private venue for functions for up to 40 people. Come and enjoy a peaceful, relaxing journey along the scenic, rural Cromford Canal, get up close to the fabulous wildlife, and learn about the unique industrial heritage of the Derwent Valley.
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“hour trip” (9 reviews)
“canal boat” (14 reviews)
“lovely trip” (8 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Mill Lane | Cromford Wharf, Cromford, Matlock DE4 3RQ, England
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+44 7552 055455
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"cromford canal"
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"couple of hours"
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"butty"
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"hot drinks"
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"enjoyable trip"
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"flora and fauna"
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"pumping station"
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"two hours"
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"boat turns"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a beautiful trip. 2 hr round trip to the pump house. Ran by wonderful volunteers, who were so well organised and friendly. Even selling teas and coffees at great price during trip. Free car park (and 2 paying types nearby if full up). Can...More

1  Thank HolidayLover1973
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Reviewed 1 week ago

wonderful relaxing way to travel especially when pulled by a horse. Interesting commentary and visit to the cabin with history incuded. Very friendly staff. Book early.

1  Thank anon8182018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were lucking enough to go on the trip when the boat was being pulled by the horse as it used to be when barges worked the canals. This though, was no essential carrying of cargo but just a peaceful, leisurely almost silent meander. Essential...More

1  Thank Trishmael
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was looking for activities to go with a teen and a dog.... finding Birdswood was fantastic, lovely relaxing trip with a very knowledgeable skipper. Very dog friendly, there were 6 dogs on board, luckily they all got on. Would highly recommend this little trip.

1  Thank LisaLammiman1
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent a very pleasant afternoon on Birdswood with a group of 17 retired friends. 2 hour trip on an electrically power boat - no noisy diesel engine. Made most welcome by the crew. Drinks available to purchase on-board. Lovely to see the wildlife and listen...More

2  Thank evarose753
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Reviewed July 6, 2018 via mobile

My family and I including 3 children under 5 really enjoyed the canal trip. The volunteers were so professional and very friendly, helpful and informative. The whole experience from booking to boarding was very well organized and I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting...More

1  Thank Erica P
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Reviewed June 30, 2018 via mobile

Just got back from a fabulous afternoon spent on Birdswood. From the minute we joined to the moment we left the Crew were nothing but helpful and attentive. I would totally recommend a trip on the beautiful Barge. There is so much to learn and...More

1  Thank Andie H
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Reviewed June 30, 2018

My husband and I had a wonderful trip along the canal, it was a beautiful sunny day and all the wildlife was out in force, the staff were very welcoming and knowledgeable and their passion for the canal is evident. On this two hour trip,...More

Thank Jer B
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Reviewed June 29, 2018 via mobile

Our son purchased this trip for me and my husband from groupon, and We enjoyed it immensely. The volunteers were very knowledgable and we were made to feel extremely welcome. We took along our 6 month old Saint Bernard puppy, who did demanded a lot...More

Thank cnj0506
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Reviewed June 28, 2018

We had a great two hour trip on the canal boat with our dog, it was a bit cramped as all seats were booked but it was a lovely hot day so the 'windows' were up. Volunteer was excellent, very informative and very funny. Tea...More

1  Thank Alison S
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Helen B
June 3, 2018|
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Response from SpiritOfViator | Property representative |
Hi Helen, I don't deal with Birdswood bookings myself but have forwarded your query to Birdswood's operations manager. You can contact her directly if you choose - simply look up Birdswood on Facebook, 'like' the page and... More
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amandashepherd38
May 20, 2018|
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Response from SpiritOfViator | Property representative |
Hi, you can pre-book for a trip at 11am or 2pm this coming Sunday 27/05/18. It's best done online - just search " bookings - Birdswood " Failing that you can find the phone number on the boat's Facebook page. Hope we'll see... More
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Amyfh6
April 10, 2018|
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Response from SpiritOfViator | Property representative |
Hi, thanks for your enquiry. The boat gets busiest at weekends so we'd recommend pre-booking either online via our website (TA won't allow me to post URL links - just search Birdswood's name...), by email (address on... More
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