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Cromford Canal

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Cromford Wharf | Cromford, Matlock DE4 3RP, England
+44 1629 823204
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A pleasant walk -dogs paradise

Enjoyed a very pleasant walk along the canal from Cromford. Fairly busy as you would expect on a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
irenechadwick51
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Flat stroll

We had a lovely family stroll along the canal side from Cromford Meadows as far as the Pump House... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
jandlUk
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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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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Cromford Wharf | Cromford, Matlock DE4 3RP, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Enjoyed a very pleasant walk along the canal from Cromford. Fairly busy as you would expect on a Sunday. The distance you walk is up to you but we took a short walk which many people did where there was a little shop which had...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a lovely family stroll along the canal side from Cromford Meadows as far as the Pump House. We had a picnic by the parking area (pay to park). On a nice day, this is a great and level walk. Lots of dogs, runners,...More

1  Thank jandlUk
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well maintained attraction Good for a gentle ramble canalside Pay for car park Clean toilets Adjacent to Cromford Mill with range of shops antique centre and excellent eating opportunities. Wheelchair access

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Peaceful and a nice walk by the canal , lots of different variaties of wildlife to see ducks , geese , swans , squirrels , etc

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An excellent level walk we take visitors who might struggle with the inclines of the peaks. Very popular with dog walkers like us, with frequent provision of poo bins, so why so many walkers don’t pick up is inexcusable. The cafes are useful and the...More

1  Thank The-Old-Scribe
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with the dogs. Really pretty walk along the canal with wonderful views. Plenty of parking available, and there’s a little cafe there as well. Great for dogs, as you can either walk by the canal, or there’s a meadow you can cut across instead.

Thank Leonie P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Whilst on a walk we stopped off at the visitor centre for a warm drink and toilet break. Just wanted to say what a pleasant person who was serving. She was welcoming and chatty. Can recommend this as a stop off and hope this message...More

1  Thank harpur22
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Cromford Canal was built in the 1790's. It was used to transport Limestone, lead and cotton from Derbyshire, through the Erewash Canal and into the Trent and Mersey to the rest on the Country. Just 5 miles are left between Cromford and Ambergate. Its a...More

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Reviewed 27 February 2018 via mobile

Brilliant place to walk with the dogs! Nice flat walk, pleasant for all, very peaceful and quiet atmosphere.

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Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

It's always pleasant walking along the Cromford Canal between Ambergate and Cromford. There's been a lot of much needed dredging work but today everything was very pleasant and not muddy etc but be mindful work is being done on and off. Good for dog walkers,...More

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tonisharley
2 March 2018|
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Response from Jean T | Reviewed this property |
no there is no wheel chair access onto the boat
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mariabryant60
20 April 2017|
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Response from booleyboy | Reviewed this property |
When you come to cromford heading towards Matlock, turn right at the lights , drive for approx half a mile, turn right into the only car park, which is at the side of the canal. Then enjoy your walk down the whole of the... More
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10 September 2016|
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Response from Gary P | Reviewed this property |
Didn't see anyone fishing, then again not a fisher myself. Sorry!
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