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Leawood Pumphouse

Make a date to see this magnificent steam beam engine in action.

Leawood Pumphouse

Barbecues are not permitted at any of our sites.

Leawood Pumphouse was built in 1849 to pump water from the River Derwent into Cromford Canal.

It is now well over 150 years old but remains in pristine working condition thanks to the dedication of the Middleton Top and Leawood Pump Volunteer Group.

Leawood Pump and Leawood aqueduct are scheduled monuments and well worth a visit, they are a short walk from High Peak Junction.

Make the most of a visit by experiencing the power of Leawood Pump in steam. The heat of the boilers, the smell of grease and coal and the power of the wave as 4 tons of water are pumped up into the canal from the river below.

Leawood Pumphouse has regular steaming dates throughout the year from Easter until October.

For further details or to arrange a visit for a group, school or society please contact Middleton Top, tel: 01629 533298.

Leawood Pump operating days


Thursday 14 April, Sunday 17 April, Monday 18 April, Thursday 21 April

May bank holiday

Sunday 1 May, Monday 2 May


Thursday 2 June, Saturday 11 June, Sunday 12 June


Saturday 2 July, Sunday 3 July


Thursday 4 August, Saturday 6 August, Sunday 7 August, Thursday 18 August, Thursday 25 August

August Bank Holiday

Sunday 28 August, Monday 29 August

September heritage open days (free)

Saturday 17 September, Sunday 18 September


Saturday 8 October, Sunday 9 October, Thursday 27 October

Experience the power of this great steam engine. The heat of the boilers, the smell of grease and coal and the power of the wave as tons of water are pumped from the River Derwent to the Cromford Canal. Look out for Birdswood the traditional narrowboat, which is horse drawn on these dates.


Park at High Peak Junction car park, Lea Bridge, (south of Cromford), DE4 5AA, (signposted from the A6 at Cromford) or enjoy a pleasant walk of just over a mile along the Canal from Cromford Wharf.


Admission is free, donations greatly appreciated. Parking charges apply.

Facilities available

  • Footpath

  • Light refreshments

  • Museum

  • Parking

  • Toilets

Contact details


  • High Peak Junction Car Park
  • Lea Bridge (south of Cromford)
  • Derbyshire
  • DE4 5AA
  • Name: Leawood Pumphouse
  • Work tel: 01629 533298