Next Event

Monday 20th April

Annual General Meeting

Followed by a presentation by students from Nottingham Trent University on projects based on restoration around Codnor Park.

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

Tuesday 7th April

Work Party with DCC

Fortnightly Tuesday work party with Derbyshire County Council. Silt trap maintenance/Reed clearance. Please contact John Barker for more information

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 18th May

The Midland Railway at Butterley

A talk by Stuart Smith

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


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.

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FCC will be participating in this event. For full details please click on poster below.

NATURE TRAIL Thursday 9th April

If you can display this poster, please do! Just click the image to download a copy of the pdf, print and display - thanks!


Regular public trips between Cromford Wharf and High Peak Junction/Leawood Pump house aboard the electrically powered historic narrowboat Birdswood are now operating every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The 2015 schedule is now online here.

Fancy Volunteering? Have you a love for the outdoors? Do you fancy helping out as a volunteer? Birdswood is still looking for more crew members to join the team. Look out for our Recruitment Day at Cromford Wharf on March 31st. 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.


Following on from the English Heritage award of Scheduled Ancient Monument status to part of the Butterley Tunnel and in particular the underground wharf known as the Wide Hole, English Heritage has now also scheduled Fritchley Tunnel on the Butterley Company's gangroad. This tunnel was recently recognised as "the earliest surviving railway tunnel in the world". Although not a canal tunnel as such, it was constructed entirely as a result of the opening of the Cromford Canal in 1794 so as to enable Outram & Co (which became the Butterley Co) to carry limestone from Crich to Bullbridge where it was loaded into boats for onward carriage to its iron-smelting furnaces located directly above Butterley Tunnel. Full details of the new scheduling here.


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.