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Address: Cromford Wharf | Cromford, Matlock DE4 3RP, England
Phone Number: +44 1629 823204
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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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Whatever the weather, with a good towpath alongside the canal means that you can have a flat but interesting and reasonably clean walk Feed the ducks at Cromford wharf, have a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Whatever the weather, with a good towpath alongside the canal means that you can have a flat but interesting and reasonably clean walk Feed the ducks at Cromford wharf, have a coffee at the cafes nearby. A good spot for a quick stop off.

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Towcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

easy and flat with a wide and good quality tow path, this males a difference if you have kids as you dont have to worry about them falling and you can take a push chair, peaceful with lots of wildlife and full of history.

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Thank no1missmarple
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a sunny day, it was a lovely walk along the tow path beside the Cromford Canal. It is an area that is full of history and there are some very pleasant views, too

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Thank Marilyn R
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fab time with or without a dog, mynlittle one loves it. Walking alongside the Canal is peaceful and enjoyable. Sometimes there is a boat ride to take, a must. Fab and relaxing. There is a small cafe on site if open, depends onthe time of the year. Reccomend to all ages and abilities.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very flat canal side path walk. We parked at the Car park situated alongside the Cromford Canal opposite the Cromford Mills. Attractions along the route include the Leawood Pump House, Aqueduct Cottage and Gregory Tunnel. There's also a good coffee shop along the route selling everything from food, cakes to tea's and coffees. We stopped at the 'The Family... More 

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Thank chriswood72
Surrey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Through a local business group, we often take groups of young adults on kayaking trips down the canal. The locals are very accommodating and friendly often stopping to chat with us. The cafes are very nice and very reasonably priced with a cheap large parking area too. Very nice indeed

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Thank DShearing
Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lovely day out. Easy parking at Cromford Wharf (4.40 all day). Surfaced towpath makes for easy walking: lovely countryside, wildlife esp birds, and the canal side buildings. There were numbers of walkers and families but it was very peaceful. Then enjoyed light lunch at Arkwright's Cafe at the Wharf.

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Thank 16marigold116
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

A gentle canal side walk, with a cafe at the start/end point. Easy to push my Dad in a wheelchair. Disabled toilets on the car park.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Take a leisurely stroll along the tow path, or be more energetic, this is somewhere to get away from the grim and dirt of modern life and lose yourself. I walked about 2 miles from Cromford and back again with my dog and didn't come across a single vehicle.

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Thank KevinSadler2364
Matlock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

You can park at cromford and go to the mill and then have a lovely walk along the canal either a short walk to high peak junction for an ice cream or carry on towards amber get which is not so busy section. There is now a horse drawn barge at weekends which you can ride on.

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