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Cromford Canal

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Cromford Wharf | Cromford, Matlock DE4 3RP, England
+44 1629 823204
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A lovely spring walk

With the water so clear the reflections from the trees were lovely to look at. Except when the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
dick h
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Derby, United Kingdom
Cromford Canal Boat Tour

My retired mum and I enjoyed an absolutely lovely trip on the Birdswood canal boat, pulled by a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
coly_82
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Brisbane, Australia
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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 6 days ago

With the water so clear the reflections from the trees were lovely to look at. Except when the water was covered with duckweed, but that was sweet too, with the ducks and ducklings making paths through. There were lots of ducks herding their ducklings, mallards...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My retired mum and I enjoyed an absolutely lovely trip on the Birdswood canal boat, pulled by a horse on bank holiday Monday. A two hour journey along the beautiful canal, gently gliding through the water...I cannot thank the volunteers enough, this trip is a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Did a short walk along the canal.Weather warmed up,sun came out.Nice to have a peaceful walk by the canal.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a family we all enjoy the Cromford Canel and often walk along the paths and it is signposted to take different paths and has lots of history attached to it and special events with a horse drawn barge and a lovely café with picnic...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a very pleasant walk along the canal from Cromford. Fairly busy as you would expect on a Sunday. The distance you walk is up to you but we took a short walk which many people did where there was a little shop which had...More

1  Thank irenechadwick51
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Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

We had a lovely family stroll along the canal side from Cromford Meadows as far as the Pump House. We had a picnic by the parking area (pay to park). On a nice day, this is a great and level walk. Lots of dogs, runners,...More

1  Thank jandlUk
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Well maintained attraction Good for a gentle ramble canalside Pay for car park Clean toilets Adjacent to Cromford Mill with range of shops antique centre and excellent eating opportunities. Wheelchair access

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Peaceful and a nice walk by the canal , lots of different variaties of wildlife to see ducks , geese , swans , squirrels , etc

Thank Paige W
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Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

An excellent level walk we take visitors who might struggle with the inclines of the peaks. Very popular with dog walkers like us, with frequent provision of poo bins, so why so many walkers don’t pick up is inexcusable. The cafes are useful and the...More

1  Thank The-Old-Scribe
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Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

Visited with the dogs. Really pretty walk along the canal with wonderful views. Plenty of parking available, and there’s a little cafe there as well. Great for dogs, as you can either walk by the canal, or there’s a meadow you can cut across instead.

Thank Leonie P
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Jamie G
5 May 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
2 March 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
20 April 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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