Cromford Wharf is the historic terminus of Cromford Canal. Built at the end of the 18th century, the wharf was designed to cater for large amounts of both incoming and outgoing traffic.
Within the wharf area there was a warehouse, a weighing machine, saw pit, counting houses, stables and a smithy. Many of the old canal buildings still stand. The Arkwright Society leases the buildings from us and runs Wheatcroft's Wharf Cafe and provides conference facilities in the Gothic Warehouse.
Cromford Canal offers something for everyone: It long since ended its role as a working canal but retains much of its historical interest. It now forms part of the the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.
It is the ideal location for a short stroll, a nature walk or a longer walk.
Follow the towpath for a mile (approximately 30 minutes walk) and you will come to High Peak Junction where there are refreshments, gifts and a variety of maps, walk leaflets and books. Here you can step back in time with the fascinating audio tour and discover the history of Cromford Canal and the Cromford and High Peak Railway.
The site is also a haven for wildlife and 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.
Birdswood, a restored narrow boat is run on scheduled trips through the year by the Friends of Cromford Canal. Open to all members of the public. Come and enjoy a peaceful journey along the canal, from Cromford Wharf to High Peak Junction, introduced by a booming announcement from the FCC President, Brian Blessed. Birdswood is also available for private hire and for specialist educational trips.
Limited canoeing is permitted on the Cromford Canal between Cromford Wharf and High Peak Junction. Because of the sensitive nature of the canal, numbers are strictly controlled.
There's a Changing Places toilet for use by the public in the Car Park at Cromford Wharf.
- Bridleway/Horse riding trail
- Picnic area
- Woodland with public access
- Wildlife area
- Light refreshments
- Easy access for all
- On-site information
- Camping/Caravan site
- Children's play area
- Nature trail
- Events area
- Cycle path
- Middleton Top Countryside Centre tel: 01629 533298
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