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Cromford, High Peak Junction and Black Rocks

MODERATE 11 reviews
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Cromford, High Peak Junction and Black Rocks is a 7.9 kilometer loop trail located near Matlock, Derbyshire, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 7.9 km Elevation Gain: 254 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

wild flowers

historic site

An interesting circular walk exploring the industrial past of the area around Cromford. A large part of the village was built by Richard Arkwright to house the mill workers for the nearby Cromford Mill which he built in 1771. They were also provided with shops, pubs, chapels and a school. The walk starts on the canal wharf, where the friends of Cromford Canal run boat trips every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the year. Within the wharf area there was a warehouse, a weighing machine, sawpit, counting houses, stables and a smithy. Many of the old canal buildings can still be seen. The walk takes in a lovely stretch of the canal which was completed in 1794. The walk also takes in a canal aqueduct over the River Derwent and the Leawood Pumphouse, a steam-powered beam engine which operates on some summer weekends and bank holidays. At High Peak Junction you join the High Peak Trail which follows the former Cromford and High Peak Railway. On this walk you will go through two gates, over one stile and negotiate a few wooden steps. The paths are of good quality but the incline can be muddy after wet weather.The incline is pretty steep but is the only uphill section of the walk. Picnic sites are located at the canal wharf, High Peak Junction and Black Rocks. The appropriate map is Ordnance Survey Explorer OL24.

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1 month ago

Good jogging trail.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is good for hiking or cycling, but there is a long steep incline so I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone who requires accessible walking.

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