The pumping staion was built to house a static steam engine, which was used to pump water from the river derwent into the croford canal to maintain the correct level of water.The steam engine has been restored and can be seen working on certain daysAdmission is free, but donations are acceped.more
On the parapet of 15C Cromford Bridge is a crude inscription: "THE LEAP OF MR B H MARE JUNE 1697"At first sight it appears to be a refernce to a suicide, but it is now believed to be in memory of a pice of horsemanship, when Mr Benjamin Haywood's mare took fright and jumped over the parapet, miraculously bearing her rider to safety.more
The River Derwent cuts a swathe through Cromford and is the primary reason for the villages existance. The water from the river was used to power the early textile machinery in the mills built here by Sir Richard Arkwright, which spurred the industrial revolution. The rest as they say is history!more
The winding engine is the last surviving engine from the Cromford and High Peak Railway. It was a static steam engine used to haul wagons up the 1 in 8 incline from High Peak Junction.Outside the engine house you can see a pulley wheel under a grille in the centre of the track. There was a similar pulleys at the bottom of the incline and a loop of...more
On the High Peak Trail you will come acrross many stone quarries. This one near th National Stone Centre quarried high grade limestone which was able to take a high polish. It was popular for civic buildings and churches.The nearby railway and canal were used for transporting the stone away.more
The Story of Stone Exhibition (admission £1.60 adults; 80p children) which describes how the rock was formed and the variety of uses that stone is put to. A self guiding leaflet can be purchased (10p) to the Discovering the Past trail. This is a gentle walk around the site where prehistoric fossil reefs and tropical lagoons are to be found. Also...more
The High Peak Trail runs for 26kms from High Peak Junction , near Cromford to Dowlow, near Buxton.It follows the course of the old Cromford and High Peak Railway.You can walk, cycle, or ride a horse for the length of the trail or do it in stages.It is possible in places to glimpse some of the railways past.more
High Peak Junction marked the coming together of two transport infrastructures. the Cromford Canal and the High Peak Railway. This was once an important interchange for the transfer of goods from water to rail and vice versa.The canal linked Cromford with Langley Mill and beyond, and the railway linked Cromford with Whaley bridge with onward...more
Built for Sir Richard Arkwright, Willersley Castle provides unparalleledviews along the Derwent Valley. Set in extensive parkland, the houseretains many original features, including the striking ‘Well Gallery' withits glass dome.Unforunately. the first Richard Arkwrigh did not live to see the finish of his home, which passed on to his, also called...more
Sir Richard Arkwright's magnificent Masson Mills at Cromford stand at the northern entrance to the World Heritage Site. Established in 1783, and in continuous use until 1991, the mills house a remarkable working textile museum.The Mills now also house a complex of shopsMuseum Entrance £2.50 and well worth itOpen dailymore
While a nice place to have a cup of tea at, if you want anything to eat before 12:00, you have no chance, as they only do tea/coffee and cake till then - (and the cake is from yesterday?). There are 3 to 5 girls behind the counter, of which, only one appears to be able to make anything, and the rest serve - or stand around waiting to serve. Do not...more
Recently opened, the cafe is situated in an old wharf shed at the haed of the Cromford canal.It is a great place to sit outside when the weather is nice and watch the world go by.Much nicer than a Paris roadside cafe and a damn site cheaper!Serves snacks, and light meals. Pot of tea and a sconemore
The Derwent Valley Line runs from Derby to Matlock and the journey takes in the Unesco World Heritage Site of the historic Derwent Valley.
The towns along the route are famed for being the birthplace of the industrial revolution.
The trains call at Belper, Cromford
and Matlock Bath (2 mill towns and a spa/tourist town) as well as at smaller places.
Sir Richard Arkwright's magnificent Masson Mills at Matlock Bath stand at the northern entrance to the World Heritage Site.
The site has been restored to include a shopping village, with well known shops, at good prices.
Unfornunately the Sewerage Beds are located near the river Derwent at the back of the canal near High Peak Junction.
When the wind is in the wrong direction it can get a bit whiffy.
This is worth bearing in mind if you decide to have a bite to eat in this area or at the High Peak Junction facility
There is some good horse riding to be had on the High Peak trail and along the Cromford Canal.
Ther are stables with horses to ride in the area I believe.
Equipment: Err, a horse!