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Birdswood

Mill Lane | Cromford Wharf, Cromford DE4 3RQ, England
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Lovely afternoon

Went on the canal trip today,loved every minute. Staff friendly,helpful and knowledgeable... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sue B
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Sunday day out

We went on this boat trip on Sunday 20th May. It was a hot sunny day, so it was quite busy... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Badger788
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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Birdswood is an historic ex-working narrow boat belonging to canal restoration charity The Friends of Cromford Canal. The boat and gift shop at Cromford Wharf are run by a dedicated team of volunteers. Birdswood runs scheduled public trips from March to October. Additionally we operate theme events, school trips and exclusive charters, making the boat an ideal private venue for functions for up to 40 people. Come and enjoy a peaceful, relaxing journey along the scenic, rural Cromford Canal, get up close to the fabulous wildlife, and learn about the unique industrial heritage of the Derwent Valley.
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“canal boat” (14 reviews)
“cromford canal” (20 reviews)
“lovely trip” (7 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Mill Lane | Cromford Wharf, Cromford DE4 3RQ, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went on the canal trip today,loved every minute. Staff friendly,helpful and knowledgeable(& amusing)and all volenteers.a lovely way to spend a couple of hours gliding along the canal.

Thank Sue B
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We went on this boat trip on Sunday 20th May. It was a hot sunny day, so it was quite busy. Booking is recommended, however the staff do try their best to accommodate you. The commentary was very informative and light-hearted. The staff on the...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visiting the local area at the moment and decided to give the powered boat trip a try. All staff were lovely and we even got a look at back cabin with a bit of history. Luckily we had nice hot weather. Would definately do it...More

Thank Jack G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What better way to unwind than a two hour cruise on the butty barge 'Birdswood'', going from Cromford Wharf to Leawood Pumphouse and back. We travel on a very hot day, and are relieved to find seating below a canopy, and window covers open. The...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Whether they are running on the electric motor or horse-drawn boat, this is a fantastic way to enjoy a trip down the canal. The boat is so quiet, passengers saw at least 3 voles on the trip. With excellent commentary from the knowledgeable Friends of...More

Thank Mat O
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SpiritOfViator, Public Relations Manager at Birdswood, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks for your comprehensive and warm review, Mat. We're happy to hear you enjoyed the trip and had the added bonus of spotting some water voles - this season has been very good for sightings so far.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have holidayed in the area for the past 20 years due to having friends in the area. We have visited Cromford Canal before but this is the first time we have travelled on Birdswood. What a fantastic way to spend a pleasant two hours....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a lovely trip up the canal here and saw lots of wildlife including a water vole busy with his nest in the canal bank. Run by keen and interesting people - it was lovely on a sunny day to have the sides of...More

2  Thank diana h
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SpiritOfViator, Public Relations Manager at Birdswood, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for such a lovely positive review, Diana. We're so glad you spotted a water vole - this year has been good for vole activity so far, and there appear to be at least two nesting pairs. Yes, the boat is a great platform from...More

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Reviewed 20 April 2018

I went with a group from a local U3A. The trip was peaceful, helped by having an electric rather than diesel engine. The views along the canal are glorious and we were blessed with warm and sunny weather. The commentary was excellent and ensured that...More

Thank 1946Patrick
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SpiritOfViator, Public Relations Manager at Birdswood, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thanks for your very positive, helpful feedback, Patrick. Our team tries hard to share their enthusiasm for the beautiful Cromford Canal with our visitors, and it's good to know when we succeed! Thanks also for mentioning that a Birdswood trip is good value - we...More

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

I took my 15 and 7 year old for canal trip as part of day out from Leicester. The reviews looked good and we weren’t disappointed. The staff made the trip perfect with David keeping us entertained with useful information about the area and the...More

2  Thank Redstar1000
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SpiritOfViator, Public Relations Manager at Birdswood, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your very warm and positive review - we're all really pleased you and your children enjoyed your day out despite the rain. David and the rest of the team really appreciated your mentioning them - we're all volunteers on Birdswood, and feedback like...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Great value unusual trip which took a couple of hours. Weather was pretty grotty when we visited, but the boat is sheltered. The hot coffee was welcome! Lots of ducks and voles to spy and a delightful cottage to inspect whilst the boat turns around....More

Thank g_sellors
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amandashepherd38
20 May 2018|
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Response from SpiritOfViator | Property representative |
Hi, you can pre-book for a trip at 11am or 2pm this coming Sunday 27/05/18. It's best done online - just search " bookings - Birdswood " Failing that you can find the phone number on the boat's Facebook page. Hope we'll see... More
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Amyfh6
10 April 2018|
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Response from SpiritOfViator | Property representative |
Hi, thanks for your enquiry. The boat gets busiest at weekends so we'd recommend pre-booking either online via our website (TA won't allow me to post URL links - just search Birdswood's name...), by email (address on... More
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Mandy P
16 July 2017|
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Light refreshments are available on board - pre-pack food items and hot and cold drinks - but we have no problem with people bringing their own food to consume on board. Birdswood Team.
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