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“Quiet walk along the towpath”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Cromford Canal

Cromford Canal
Ranked #3 of 43 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.
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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“Quiet walk along the towpath”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013

Walked for a couple of miles along the towpath - quiet and relaxing. Excellent tearoom/cafe with good food, generous portions and good prices.

Visited August 2013
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Derby, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Best Walk for miles around”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013

What a fabulous walk, so tranquil. It is fantastic to step back in time reading all about the history of the place. National Heritage are doing a brilliant job looking after the place. Great cafes along the way to rest and get you ready for the next few miles

Visited August 2013
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Derby
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45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Packed with wildlife and really relaxing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2013 via mobile

Lovely location, some good little walks and a nice coffee shop.

Walk all the way to Ambergate or whatstandwell and get the train back. Either way, it a lovely part of the world and worth a visit. Enjoy!

Visited November 2012
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Matlock, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“peaceful and interesting canal walk”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013

A great walk by the lovely Cromford Canal, starting at Cromford Mills which is a wonderful monument to Arkwright and the Industrial Revolution. Events often held and many interesting shops and cafes, including an excellent one by the canal. The canal walk is a nature and wildlife lovers' paradise and a natural terminus is the start of the High Peak trail with more interesting Mill buildings and another excellent cafe.

Visited June 2013
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Easy walking for a pleasant stroll”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2013

An easy walk with pleasant views at any time of year. Be aware the closest stretch to the car park can get quite busy at weekends. A tip over parking - avoid the pay and display by parking for free in adjacent rugby club field.

Visited August 2013
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