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Review of Cromford Canal

Cromford Canal
Ranked #3 of 46 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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Lincoln, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2014

Been there again and still ace we love it there happy times and happy days we had birthdays it is great love it

Visited June 2014
Thank Sarah R
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviewed 27 June 2014

Idea walk not a long distance to travel to the sweet shop on the other side however for those adventurous they can be a few extra miles in it for you

Visited July 2013
Thank Ash2593
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Heanor, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
88 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Lunch Stop”
Reviewed 25 June 2014

Had lunch here whilst on our way back from a trip up north as we are interested in canals it seemed like a good idea, and we were not disappointed, it is a lovely setting in the Derbyshire Dales and the scenery is stunning. we stopped at the terminus in Cromford where there is a café and a visitor centre with a good sized car park and toilets, the onsite café was very good and served a good range of food and drinks and the staff were very friendly, there are a lot of picnic tables around and you can have a trip on a canal boat too.

Visited June 2014
Thank Steve M
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Coimbra, Portugal
Level 6 Contributor
229 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 285 helpful votes
“A Nice Walk...”
Reviewed 20 June 2014

It was a nice warm evening and the Cromford Canal only being a few minutes drive away we packed the dog into the car and went for a very pleasant walk along the canal. Again, plenty of history here, the canal has been restored to its original route and the towpaths have been revamped. Plenty of parking facilities (which there is a charge for),toilets, a café. There is also a restored and working pumping engine that operates on certain times throughout the year. A must-see when in the area.

Visited June 2014
Thank Richard B
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Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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“A great walk”
Reviewed 19 June 2014

We walked along the canal for an hour or more and enjoyed the scenery and the wild life. It is busy at the start and becomes changes to solitude after a mile or so. Wonderful

Visited June 2014
Thank Gordon H
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