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Cromford Canal

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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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A lovely 2hrs of peaceful travel on the electric run Birdswood canal boat, friendly, knowledgable staff, who for a very reasonable charge will serve you hot drinks etc. The... read more

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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A lovely 2hrs of peaceful travel on the electric run Birdswood canal boat, friendly, knowledgable staff, who for a very reasonable charge will serve you hot drinks etc. The scenery, birds and quietness make for a most relaxing trip

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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Taking a stroll along the canal towpath and finishing up in Cromford is an excellent way to spend an afternoon, this is a lovely part of the Derbyshire countryside which can often be taken for granted. There is the opportunity to take refreshments and also a trip on the canal boat, will visit again very soon for sure.

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Runcorn, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Had several walks along here over Easter and can recommend for all ages and walking ability. Lovely scenery and seating available along the route.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I can't find anything negative about Cromford. What a lovely day out for all ages. We spent an afternoon there on 1st April and really enjoyed it. Did and child friendly with relaxing walks and shops. Will visit again soon.

1 Thank Helen T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took come people with learning disabilities for a day out and all had a fab time,ride on the canal boat was awesome with lots of wildlife to see and staff very well trained with moving and handling so plenty of help if required. Lots of info given during the ride and drinks and snacks availible at very reasonably prices. The... More 

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Matlock, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is still a pleasant place to walk (apart from the smell of the sewage works), but there are many more people using it now, so quite a lot of the wildlife which one used to see in the past are much less in evidence — particularly the water voles. The industrial archaeology is still rich, evocative and interesting. It... More 

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Matlock, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 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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Reviewed 11 March 2017 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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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

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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Matlock, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 March 2017 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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