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Cromford Canal

Cromford Canal

Work is underway by Friends of the Cromford Canal to comply with local authority conditions for the Beggarlee Extension north of Langley Mill, which includes a staircase pair of locks. Work continues on the donated ¼-mile canal at Hartshay, as well as with CRT on maintenance of its sections. Operation of the heritage passenger-boat Birdswood between Cromford Wharf and High Peak Junction restarted in 2021. FCC managed the £40,000-plus repair of Brown’s Swing Bridge at High Peak Junction through which Birdswood passes. A new slewing ring was installed to supplement the original historic bearing. The possibility of extending this navigable length south is to be investigated by geotechnical survey. Restoration of the iconic Aqueduct Cottage at Leawood by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is completed and it is planned to open as an information centre this year.

March 2022

Cromford Birdswood under electric power.


Restoration Walk

See Waterways World July 2019 "A Derbyshire Delight"

Navigation Authority


Friends of the Cromford Canal