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Address: Cromford Wharf | Cromford, Matlock DE4 3RP, England
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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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Cromford walk

My self and my wife walk the tow path regularly. Just a couple of miles, but you can go further. The pumping room is open bank holidays. Must be seen. There is also a narrow boat... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Matlock, United Kingdom
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Matlock, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My self and my wife walk the tow path regularly. Just a couple of miles, but you can go further. The pumping room is open bank holidays. Must be seen. There is also a narrow boat electric powered and some weekends it is horse drawn. Not to be missed

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a lovely, peaceful place to have a walk by the canal, you can have a scenic walk for a good few miles, it's nice and flat and a path so you're not getting muddy this time of year!! We really enjoy getting out and about in Derbyshire. There is a little shop where you can buy drinks and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took our dogs for a shady walk along the canal, it was really enjoyable and very pretty and peaceful. We parked at the large off road car park at Cromford meadows and walked up to the canal. It was really enjoyable and very pretty and peaceful.

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

We live in Matlock and decided to have a walk along cromford canal to high peak junction. We parked at cromford meadows then walked along to high peak and back again. It's a nice flat walk about a mile each way. We called into the cafe near the carpark for a drink when we got back to the carpark .

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Thank RobAudra
Cromford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A wonderful part of Derbyshire that I love. Can be busy at times but I love it off peak when the place is more peaceful and tranquil. Lovely scenery, wildlife and interesting history to take in. A good place to walk or a good flat place to jog/run.

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Matlock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Usually busy at start of walk from cromford but go beyond the high peak junction and it's usually a quieter stretch. Nice little canal shop near the wharf with some lovely hand made things reasonably priced

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Thank Michelle D
Matlock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Cromford Canal is a lovely place for a walk alongside the canal, or a bike ride as it is flat. Also has comfy welcoming cafe and plenty of parking space. On one side it has a number of shops and is historic.

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Derby, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Just returned from another enjoyable walk beside the canal from Whatstandwell station to Cromford Wharf. This is amongst our favourite local walks, with much to see as the seasons change throughout the year. Car parking charges at the station are reasonable and with a selection of cafes to choose from at the wharf, this is a relaxing couple of miles'... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Spent many a day there on the canal with groups canoeing. They love it. I love it. Regularly return. The cafe serves fantastic food and drink too. Great walking routes.

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Thank Gavin C
Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

The walk from Cromford Wharf along the canal to High Peak junction and on to the Leawood Pumphouse is interesting. There are a variety of trees in the wooded sections, the canal an railway run together for some of the journey and there is even a dinosaur for the kids to see. At High Peak is the world's oldest railway... More 

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