GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Cromford Canal

5 miles (8 km)

Enjoy a waterside stroll along the Cromford Canal on this easy walk in Derbyshire. This section of the canal runs from Cromford to Ambergate and is designated as a BiologicalSite of Special Scientific Interestand aLocal Nature Reserve. The walk passes the Leawood Pump House by the aqueduct over the River Derwent and a series of pretty bridges. You'll also pass Shining Cliff Woods and enjoy lovely views of the Derwent Valley. The walk makes use of the Derwent Valley Heritage Way so you could continue along this long distance walking route to extend your walk.
The canal is located just a few miles south of Matlock.


DE4 3RQ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Cromford Canal OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Cromford Canal Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Head to Wheatcroft’s Wharf at Cromford Mills for some lovely canalside refreshments. There's several tables right next to the water making it the ideal spot to relax on a fine day. They have a good menu with fresh ‘made to order’ food from oven baked potatoes to homemade soup, Paninis, Pizza, summer salads or a simple sandwich.
The site is also worth spending some time at with a wealth of information on this area. Cromford Mill is the home of Sir Richard Arkwright’s first mill complex, birthplace of the modern factory system and internationally recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inside the centre there'sinteractive displays, games and puzzles that tell the story of how the valley changed the world in the 18th Century with the growth of the British cotton industry and its global impact.You can find the site at a postcode of DE4 3RQ for your sat navs.
Cromford - Arkwright Mill - - 911826 Cromford Mill Cafe - - 1285645
Pictured above the Arkwirght Mill and the cafe at Cromford Mills.

Dog Walking

The canal path makes for an excellent dog walk. You could also take a detour and visit Shining Cliff Woods on the western side of the canal near Ambergate. It's another popular spot for dog walkers. Cromford Mills mentioned above is also dog friendly. Dogs on leads are welcome in the Visitor Centre and Cromford Mills Story, but are not permitted to go into the Arkwright Experience as the show contains flashing lights and loud sounds.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The canal passes close to the village of Crich which is well worth a small detour from the route. This pretty village is known as the location for the setting for theITVseriesPeak Practice and the excellent Crich Tramway Village. This fascinating museum contains over 60 trams built between 1873 and 1982 and is set within a recreated period village containing a working pub, cafe, old-style sweetshop and tram depots.
Also on the canal is the fascinating Midland Railway Centre where you can admire the old steam trains, explore a delightful 35 acre country park and vist the attractive Codnor Park Reservoir.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Derbyshire Walks and Peak District Walks pages.


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The Cromford Canal at Langley Mill during the summer of 2007. This was at one time the point where the Nottingham Canal joined the Cromford Canal, which in turn joined the Erewash Canal below the lock out of shot to the left. The Erewash Canal nowadays provides the only navigable access to this location. Until the 1990s this scene would have been in Nottinghamshire rather than Derbyshire, the area technically being known as Langley Bridge. The boundary was changed to follow a more logical course along the Eastwood by-pass rather than the River Erewash thus bringing the whole of Langley Mill into one parish.

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Looking across Railway line, A6, River Derwent towards Shining Cliff Woods.

Railway bridge over former course of Cromford Canal - - 188234

Railway bridge over former course of Cromford Canal. This railway bridge for the dismantled Ambergate to Codnor line is situated at the eastern end of the car park of the Excavator pub on the A610, Buckland Hollow. Cromford canal used to flow under this bridge and also through the Buckland Hollow Tunnel, which leads under the Heage road. The tunnel can be found at the other end of the car park.

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The stretch just to the east of Leawood Aqueduct. The towpath now forms part of the Derwent Valley Heritage Way footpath. Crich Standwith the Sherwood Foresters memorial beacon can be seen in the distance.

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Near Cromford. The canal bought materials to Cromford Mill and took away the products. It is now a useful part of a circular walk in the area.

The Cromford Canal - - 1285906

Leawood Pump House in background.

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The stretch just to the east of Leawood Aqueduct.This is no longer kept up to its original level. Just visible is the sluice which allows the canal to be drained into the River Derwent if necessary.

Footbridge over the Cromford Canal - - 778173

Footbridge over the canal. This takes the towpath across the canal near to the Lea Wood pump house.


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