Next FCC Event

Sunday 7th June

Through Robin Hood to Cromford Wharf

Meet at 9.50am at Whatstandwell Railway Station (DE4 5HE). Walk canal to Leawood Pumphouse (in steam) the taken horse-drawn boat ride to Cromford. Cost is just the price of the boat trip. Advance booking recommended on 01629 536831. More details here.

Sunday 7th June

"A Stroll through the Gardens of Paradise"

A walk with Hugh Potter

Meet at 10.45am at Cromford Wharf (DE4 3RQ). Best known for her 'Little Grey Rabbit' books and 'A Traveller in Time', Alison Uttley also wrote about the local area including the Cromford Canal, which she could see from her home at Castle Top Farm. On this walk, Hugh Potter will take you first for a ride on a horse-drawn narrowboat, such as Alison would recognise, then continue on her route along the canal to the short Gregory Tunnel (optional, and you can bring a torch for this bit), through a deer park, past her neighbour Florence Nightingale's home at Lea Hurst, then up to Castle Top Farm, before returning to Cromford, relating relevant extracts from her writings en route. Cost is just the price of the boat trip. Advance booking recommended on 01629 536831. More details here.

Monday 15th June

Derbyshire Oil Strike of 1919

A talk by Cliff Lea

No, it's not about withdrawal of labour; it's about finding oil. Don't miss this fascinating talk

£2.00. 7.30pm, Ironville Church Hall, Bar, Raffle & Sales. Non members welcome

Please download a copy (pdf) of the poster above by clicking on it and help publicise the meeting by displaying it locally.

Next Work Parties

Every Tuesday

Ironville Work Party

Meet at Lock 2 near the Old Coach Road. 9.30am start; finish about 2.30pm. Bring warm clothing and lunch.

You can download an information sheet here, or contact John Barker for more information

Upcoming Events

Monday 19th September

Laser Scanning of Buildings & Structures

A talk by Andy Beardsley

And that includes work on Lock 4 of the Ironville Flight

£2.00. 7.30pm, Ironville Church Hall, Bar, Raffle & Sales. Non members welcome

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Click here for map


The Friends of the Cromford Canal is a charitable organisation whose aim is to see the restoration of the historic Cromford Canal for the benefit of the general public. We advocate and promote its restoration to navigation, connected to the national inland waterway system, and the conservation, use, maintenance, and development of the canal, buildings, towing path, structures, craft and environment now or previously associated with the canal to its fullest use for appropriate commercial and recreational purposes and to preserve this valuable historical heritage.

On this site we would like to invite you to explore the Cromford Canal and its history. We will also offer you some insight into the work we are doing to preserve and restore the canal.

Why not check out our Facebook page here.

Latest News

To BERTIE and GRACE: 7 Cygnets

Our two resident swans are now the proud parents of seven cygnets, hatched at their home beneath Whatstandwell station footbridge. You can see them on this YouTube film here. And there is a good report in the Derby Telegraph which reports "Seven Swans a-Swimming". Apparently one was not present during the filming, where only 6 are seen! Full report here.


As part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Discovery Walks Festival, FCC is offering two walks which include the rare opportunity of a horse-drawn boat trip. See Column on right for details.


Derbyshire Record Society has just published the first volume of the Minutes of the Cromford Canal Co covering the important years from 1789 to 1799 during which the canal was conceived, constructed and opened. Transcribed by members of the FCC, copies are available to FCC members at a special price of £20; the cost to non-members is £30 plus £3 p&p (a jolly good reason for joining - details here!) from Derbyshire Record Society, 9 Owen Falls Ave, Chesterfield S410FR. You can download further details of this and other DRS titles on special offer to FCC members here.

Or better still, you can pick up a copy at the next social meeting on Monday.



Regular public trips between Cromford Wharf and High Peak Junction/Leawood Pump house aboard the electrically powered historic narrowboat Birdswood operate every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The schedule is online here.


Fancy Volunteering? Have you a love for the outdoors? Do you fancy helping out as a volunteer? Birdswood is always looking for more crew members to join the team. Training and uniform are provided. Call 07552 055455 for more details.

HORSE DRAWN TRIPS generally operate one weekend per month, usually to coincide with the steam days for Leawood Pump. (For dates see the full schedule). Trips will be single trips departing Cromford Wharf at 11:00 and 14:00 and High Peak Junction at 12:15 and 15:15. Full price list here.

See the boat section of the website here.


FCC was delighted to recive a cheque for £2500 for restoration work on the Sawmills Gauging Narrows. More details


English Heritage has scheduled Fritchley Tunnel on the Butterley Company's gangroad. More details


Friends of the Cromford Canal sold more IWA raffle tickets than any other group and recently received a cheque for £1,200. More details.

NEW HI-VIZ VESTS thanks to Amber Valley Rotary Club

More details (external link).