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Cromford Canal

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Cromford Wharf | Cromford, Matlock DE4 3RP, England
+44 1629 823204
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Delightful little care onsite

The cafe next to the canal basin is a little dream. Lovely local ice cream. A nice cup of tea... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Geoff L
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Luton, England, United Kingdom
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A lovely walk

My wife and I spent about a hour walking along this canal. It is lovely and peaceful and it was... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Paul G
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Great Dunmow, United Kingdom
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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 Wharf | Cromford, Matlock DE4 3RP, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The cafe next to the canal basin is a little dream. Lovely local ice cream. A nice cup of tea after a long walk. Dog and duck friendly. Allergen sensitive and some caring staff aft we what appeared to be a busy day. A really...More

Thank Geoff L
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My wife and I spent about a hour walking along this canal. It is lovely and peaceful and it was great to see the Ducks ECT with their young. I hope we will do some more while we are in the area.

Thank Paul G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Plenty of pay parking then a pleasant walk to the to the cafe. Check on line for boat trips and the steam engine pump demonstrations. See the old workshop and rolling stock at the wharf cafe.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went on a Groupon offer and must say what a wonderful morning we had. My daughter and her 2 small children joined me, the staff were lovely, kind and knowledgable. It was a beautiful Saturday morning and we all enjoyed being on this great narrow...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited during hot weather. Lots of people walking by the canal! Recommend not going there on a weekend during the summer. Nice cafe.

Thank Maureen B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked a trip on the canal boat Birdswood for a group outing for 12 people. We arrived early so we could have a leisurely lunch before it was time to board for our 2pm trip. It turned out to be a very enjoyable afternoon...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Peaceful and relaxing journey on original restored boat.Lots of interesting historical information. Option to combine with walk. Well recommended.Lovely volunteers, so helpful and knowledgeable.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on a superb day.It was idyllic only spoiled by dogs mess along the tow path in a number of places. Such a shame ! Ban owners who do not clean up mess if you are able to identify them or stop dogs using...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you enjoy a walk of 1- 2 miles then you could do worse than take a stroll along the canal towpath. On sunny days there are always areas of shade provided by the bushes and trees. A walk can be started from High Peak...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here especially for a long walk and weren't disappointed. Started out at Cromford Mill and followed the canal towpath for a good few miles. Lovely place initially with seating areas and a smattering of shops and places to get a bite to eat around...More

Thank Tarndy
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Jamie G
May 4, 2018|
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Response from Lambers2013 | Reviewed this property |
Cromford canal isn't a circular walk but there's nothing stopping you walking along it and back again. yes it's pushchair friendly
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tonisharley
March 2, 2018|
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Response from Jean T | Reviewed this property |
no there is no wheel chair access onto the boat
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mariabryant60
April 19, 2017|
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Response from booleyboy | Reviewed this property |
When you come to cromford heading towards Matlock, turn right at the lights , drive for approx half a mile, turn right into the only car park, which is at the side of the canal. Then enjoy your walk down the whole of the... More
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