Next FCC Event

Sunday 20th December

Christmas Party

4.30pm to 9pm at the Gothic Warehouse at Cromford Wharf. There will be a comedy quiz, food and drink!Tickets £5 from Vix Wilding or by calling 07552 055455.

Next Work Parties

Tuesday 1st December

Fortnightly Ironville Work Party

Meet in the Crossings Club Car Park, at the end of Coach Road, near Lock 2. 9.30am start; finish about 2.30pm. Bring lunch; tea/coffee provided; toilets available.

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

Tuesday 24th November

Fortnightly Cromford Work Party

Meet at High Peak Junction Car Park. 9.30am start. Working in conjuction with Derbyshire County Council to maintain the top mile of canal on which Birdswood operates. Bring lunch.

Contact John Barker for more information

Upcoming Events

Monday 18th January 2016

A History of the Butterley Company

An illustrated talk by tim Castledine

£2. 7.30pm, Ironville Church Hall, Bar, Raffle & Sales. Non members welcome

Click image to download poster
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.

Santa Specials on Birdswood

Every Saturday and Sunday in December - plus Weds 23rd - Santa will be visiting the back cabin of Birdswood to give presents to all our younger visitors. For full details, download the poster by clicking the image below.

Why not check out our Facebook page here.

Latest News



The canal tow path between Lawn Bridge and High Peak Junction will be closed from 16th November until 31st January 2015. The closure is required to allow essential works to take place - including deep excavations to stop leaks from the canal, and resurfacing stretches of the towpath. While heavy plant and machinery is in use, it will not be safe to allow public access in these areas. DCC apologises for any inconvenience this closure may cause, and will endeavour to maintain access whenever possible during the closure period. Access to High Peak Junction Visitors Centre will be available from High Peak Junction car park throughout this period. For more information, please contact: Derbyshire Countryside Service on 01629 823204


Towpath Talk

The latest edition of the popular free inland waterway newspaper Towpath Talk is now available at FCC's Weighbridge Shop at Cromford Wharf. The shop is open 11am to 4pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays from now until Christmas. The shop also stocks a range of local craft items that make ideal Christmas presents - and remember all profits go to the future restoration of the Cromford Canal.


20th December 4.30pm to 9pm

Join members and friends for a Christmas Social, held this year in the Gothic Warehouse at Cromford Wharf. For those travelling any distance we are starting early but you can stay as late as you like! Plenty of car parking right outside. There will be a comedy quiz, food and drink! See poster below for full details. Tickets are only £5 each from Vix Wilding or by calling 07552 055455. Full details by clicking on the poster below. See you there!


For some months Birdswood has been hitting an underwater object in the canal close to the former Cromford Garden Centre. The FCC work party on Tuesday 13th October "waded in" to solve the problem, thanks to diver John Sparham, suitably kitted in dry suit. It turned out not to be a large log as thought, but a large vehicle tyre, which proved difficult to shift as it was full of silt. Investigation further down the canal produced a similar tyre! If you would like to help with future work parties to help keep Birdswood running, please contact John Barker.

Tyre Rescue

Tyre Rescue


Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Discovery Days will be upon us again soon, with lots of events around the canal, at Cromford and High Peak Junction. You can find out about all the events here, but the main Cromford Days will be 31st October and 1st November. If you can display a poster anywhere in the area, please download one by clicking the image above.



Following the successful agreement of a lease of the former Wheatcroft's weighbridge office on the Mill Road end of the Gothic Warehouse on Cromford Wharf, volunteers are needed to 'man' the office as a 'shop front' for FCC and Birdswood. If you think this could be for you please contact Vix Wilding.

The shop is now open for business, so do drop in next time you are in Cromford.


Derbyshire Record Society has published the first volume of the Minutes of the Cromford Canal Co. More details.


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).