Next FCC Event

Monday 19th October

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

Next Work Parties

Tuesday 20th October

Fortnightly Ironville Work Party

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

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

Tuesday 11th October

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 16th November

The Lost Industries of Ripley & District

An illustrated talk by Brian Key

£2.00. 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.

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


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.

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.


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).