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Address: Cromford Wharf | Cromford, Matlock DE4 3RP, England
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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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Usually busy at start of walk from cromford but go beyond the high peak junction and it's usually a quieter stretch. Nice little canal shop near the wharf with some lovely hand... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Matlock, United Kingdom
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Matlock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Usually busy at start of walk from cromford but go beyond the high peak junction and it's usually a quieter stretch. Nice little canal shop near the wharf with some lovely hand made things reasonably priced

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Matlock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Cromford Canal is a lovely place for a walk alongside the canal, or a bike ride as it is flat. Also has comfy welcoming cafe and plenty of parking space. On one side it has a number of shops and is historic.

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Derby, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just returned from another enjoyable walk beside the canal from Whatstandwell station to Cromford Wharf. This is amongst our favourite local walks, with much to see as the seasons change throughout the year. Car parking charges at the station are reasonable and with a selection of cafes to choose from at the wharf, this is a relaxing couple of miles'... More 

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Thank AlanandSally
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent many a day there on the canal with groups canoeing. They love it. I love it. Regularly return. The cafe serves fantastic food and drink too. Great walking routes.

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Thank Gavin C
Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The walk from Cromford Wharf along the canal to High Peak junction and on to the Leawood Pumphouse is interesting. There are a variety of trees in the wooded sections, the canal an railway run together for some of the journey and there is even a dinosaur for the kids to see. At High Peak is the world's oldest railway... More 

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Thank Sean D
Matlock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

a lovely gentle stroll along the canal at Cromford is the medicine you need ,what with the scenery and the tranquillity you will love it.

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Matlock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Excellent walking, lovely area, peaceful and quite. Easy flat walking, with lovely small museum area with old train carriage and pumping station . Great cafe at the start of canal at Cromford and another really homely one at Whatstandwell - turn rt down road to junction, called family tree. Public toilet at Cromford and at museum.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Love this place. Great for walking the dog. Gets muddy at times so you'll need decent shoes. Not good for people who are unsteady in their feet as there's no fence to stop them falling in if they tumble. Lovely for a blast of fresh air. Loads of places to park.

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Thank 0798anne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

I've spent hours down on this little canal over the years because it's just a great place to walk, loads to see and do too and teaming with wild life too! Highly recommended!

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

We regularly visit this area and walk from Cromford to Whatstandwell along the canal. Lovely scenery, toilets halfway at High Peak Junction and lots of different birds to see. Only downside is dogs not on leads and their business being left on the paths.

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