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Review of Cromford Canal

Cromford Canal
Ranked #2 of 65 things to do in Matlock
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
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 steam engine worth a visit when in steam.

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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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

Whilst on a walk we stopped off at the visitor centre for a warm drink and toilet break. Just wanted to say what a pleasant person who was serving. She was welcoming and chatty. Can recommend this as a stop off and hope this message gets back to her as I can Imagine it can't have been great having to work on such a cold day. Derbyshire county council I think was on her fleece but I may be wrong.

1  Thank harpur22
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Cromford Canal was built in the 1790's. It was used to transport Limestone, lead and cotton from Derbyshire, through the Erewash Canal and into the Trent and Mersey to the rest on the Country. Just 5 miles are left between Cromford and Ambergate. Its a great walk and you can see Pike at the Cromford end and if you are lucky there are also Water Vole along the Canal. It is popular although at quiet times you can be the only walkers. There is a Cafe at Cromford and High Peak junction that are open when you would expect them to be.

Thank 2eastwalk
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