Cromford Travel Guide

  • The Millpond, Cromford
    The Millpond, Cromford
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    Black Rock, High Peak Trail
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  • the water wheel, Cromford
    the water wheel, Cromford
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Cromford Things to Do

  • Leawood Pumping Station, Cromford

    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.

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  • Have a Picnic by the river

    On a nice day it is great to take your tucker and have a picnic by the river Derwent.Here you can watch life gently pass you by while eating your favourite nosh.Parking on field right near river - so no excuses!

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  • Cromford Bridge Chapel

    Only the remains now can be seen of this 15th century bridge chapel in Cromford. It was built at a time when travel was difficult and dangerous and here thanks would be given for a safe arrival and crossing of the river.

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  • The leap of B H Mare

    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.

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  • Cromford Bridge

    Just down from the village, near the church is a 15th Century bridge, that carries the road over the River Derwent,A similar bridge can be found at Swarkstone in South Derbyshire

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  • The River Derwent

    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!

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  • Narrow Gauge Railway

    Just up from Balck Rocks on the High Peak Trail is a narrow gauge railway. It runs on the former site of a full size railway.In the summer rides are available along several kms of track around the site of a former quarry.

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  • Middleton Top Winding Engine

    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...

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  • Stone Quarries

    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.

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  • The National Stone Centre

    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...

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  • Black Rocks

    Balck Rocks are to be found 1 km from High Peak Juction on the High Peak Trail from Cromford,They are a popular spot for walkers and climbers in the area.

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  • The High Peak Trail

    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.

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  • Ruined Cottage, Cromford Canal

    This ruined cottage can be found approx. 2km up the canal from Cromford.The bridge there also provides an opportunity to cross the canal

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  • High Peak Junction

    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...

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  • The Wharf Shed, Cromford Canal

    The Wharf Shed provided an interchange where goods could be moved between the canal barges and the High Peak Railway, and vice versa.

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  • Church Detail

    If you look up when visiting St Mary's Church, Cromford, you can see much detail that you might otherwise overlook

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  • Weir on the Derwent

    The weir on the Derwent at Cromford was built at the same time as the Masson Mills, to supply the water to power the wheels that drove the mill machinery

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  • Big Chimney

    The chimney at the masson Mills was built in 1907 at a cost of £618You could't get a decent brickie to turnout for that these days!

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  • Willersley Castle

    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...

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  • Masson Mills

    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 daily

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  • The Greyhound Hotel

    Overlooking the Market Place in Cromford, stands the historic Greyhound Hotel, Built by Sir Richard Arkwright in a grand style.It was restored to a high standard in 1999 and is open daily meals.

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Cromford Restaurants

  • Nic But!

    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...

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  • Lazy Days

    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 scone

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Cromford Transportation

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    by stevezero Updated Apr 4, 2011

    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.

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Cromford Shopping

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    Masson Mills Shopping Village, Cromford, Derbyshir

    by stevezero Written Jan 16, 2005

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    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.

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Cromford Warnings and Dangers

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    cromford Sewerage Beds

    by stevezero Written Jul 23, 2005

    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

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Cromford Sports & Outdoors

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    Horse Riding, Near Cromford, Derbyshire

    by stevezero Written Feb 6, 2005

    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!

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