High Peak Junction Visitor Centre

High Peak Junction

Nestled in the Derwent Valley, High Peak Junction was the hub of transport activity and is now a true haven of heritage and wildlife. It's literally the junction of the Cromford Canal and the High Peak Trail.

It lies a mile to the south east of Cromford village and is in the beautiful Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. It is a haven for wildlife and is the ideal location for a stroll or a heritage or nature walk.

There are a variety of buildings from the former Cromford and High Peak Railway - one of the first long distance railways which was built on canal principles.

The Cromford Canal can be explored between Cromford Wharf and Ambergate, a distance of just over five miles. The High Peak Trail starts here at High Peak Junction and continues for 17.5 miles to Dowlow near Buxton.

For information and a warm welcome call in at the High Peak Junction Visitor Centre where there are refreshments, gifts and a variety of maps, walk leaflets and books.

Here you can step back in time with the fascinating Audiotour for a small fee of £1, where you will discover the history of Cromford Canal and the Cromford and High Peak Railway. You can also visit the old Railway Workshops for free.

A canal aqueduct over the River Derwent and the magnificent Leawood Pump House are just a few minutes walk away. Leawood Pump is a steam powered beam engine which operates on some summer weekends and bank holidays. A number of waymarked walks start from High Peak Junction.


The canal is a haven for wildlife (it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest). Little grebes and water voles can be seen throughout the year, in summer look out for dragonflies, damselflies and hoverflies.


High Peak Junction and Cromford Wharf car parks are signed from the A6 at Cromford. There are regular bus services. Railway stations at Cromford, Whatstandwell and Ambergate are only a few minutes walk away from the canal.

High Peak Junction Visitor Centre - the centre is signposted from the A6 at Cromford.

Facilities available

  • FootpathYes
  • Bridleway/Horse riding trailNo
  • Picnic areaYes
  • Woodland with public accessNo
  • Wildlife areaYes
  • MuseumYes
  • Light refreshmentsYes
  • ParkingYes
  • ToiletsYes
  • Easy access for allYes
  • On-site informationYes
  • Camping/Caravan siteNo
  • Children's play areaNo
  • GardensNo
  • Nature trailYes
  • Events areaNo
  • Cycle pathYes

Contact details

High Peak Junction Visitor Centre
High Peak Junction Car Park
Lea Bridge (South of Cromford)
01629 533105

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