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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...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Mill Lane | Cromford Wharf, Cromford, Matlock DE4 3RQ, England
+44 7552 055455
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Reviewed 18 October 2018

Spent an enjoyable 2 hours yesterday cruising along the canal. So peaceful with beautiful scenery and knowledgable and amusing commentary. The volunteers are doing a fantastic job

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 17 October 2018

Wonderful holiday activity gently cruising along ancient canal route with facinating commentary by enthusiastic volunteer team. Nothing was too much trouble for them and the scenery was stunning in the autumn sunshine. Excellent value for money and highly recommended

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank alanraep
Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

Lovely relaxed couple of hours puttering down the Cromford Canal learning bits and pieces about Birdswood ( the butty), the building of the canal and its environs, and various bits of local history. If you want to know what a butty is when not being...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

A lovely round trip with volunteers who care about the canal and the boat. Informative and enjoyable highly recommended.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank jaybeeweston
Reviewed 19 September 2018 via mobile

Been on a marvellous meander on the beautiful Cromford Canal today aboard this lovely old canal boat. The crew were helpful, friendly and informative. The trip was peaceful and relaxing. A bargain for the price. My husband and I both enjoyed ourselves (and the hot...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 14 September 2018

Went on 13 September. Excellent trip for 2 hours, great commentary. Got to look around the cabin too with an explanation from a vlounteer. Well run by the volunteers very friendly and informed. Good snippet of history. Value for money. Suits all ages, getting on...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank 19Lucy14
Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

Loved the day out at Cromford. The rustic cafe, feeding the ducks and the barge trip. Really looked after, the guys were brilliant, really looked after everyone. A full barge so a bit of a tight squeeze but the whole family loved it.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Aprill789
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

We went on the Cromford canal boat ride taking our 2 young grandchildren. It is a lovely trip lasting 2 hours. The 4 year old was getting a bit restless towards the end but a visit to see the living quarters of the boat quickly...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank DerbyJudithChalmers
Reviewed 28 August 2018

The boat is run by enthusiastic volunteers who have organised and worked on the restoration of this beautiful stretch of historic canal. The commentary was fascinating and easy to hear as the boat is very quiet. It is electrically powered for environmental reasons, as it...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Colin246
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

Went for the canal trip really enjoyed it very informative. A bit cramped but lead to more of an appreciation on how canal families actually lived.

Date of experience: August 2018
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4 June 2018|
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Response from SpiritOfViator | Property representative |
Hi Helen, I don't deal with Birdswood bookings myself but have forwarded your query to Birdswood's operations manager. You can contact her directly if you choose - simply look up Birdswood on Facebook, 'like' the page and... More
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
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