Next Event

Monday 16th February

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Dr Jo Smith, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, will talk about the work of the DWT in the Derwent Valley.

£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

Tuesday 27th January

Meet Ironville Lock 4. 9.30am start; finish about 2.30pm. Bring warm clothing, lunch, loppers etc. Work continues on Pottery lock 3 area, and onwards towards Boat Dock lock 2.

Please contact John Barker for more information

Upcoming Events

Monday 16th March

Stanton - Gone but not Forgotten

Stephen Flinders offers a well-illustrated talk on the history of the Stanton Ironworks.

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

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


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.



Regular public trips aboard the electrically powered historic narrowboat Birdswood will recommence on Saturday 14th March, subject to weather conditions. Birdswood operates between Cromford Wharf and High Peak Junction/Leawood Pump house.

Seats can be reserved for any trip by calling 07552 055455, and charter bookings can now be made for 2015.

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. Training and uniform are provided. Call 07552 055455 for more details.

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

The schedule for 2015 will be put online here when available. It is planned once again to operate public boat trips every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Trips are return trips departing Cromford Wharf at 11:00 and 14:00. Full price list here.

HORSE DRAWN TRIPS These generally operate one weekend per month, usually to conincide with the steam days for Leawood Pump. (For details keep an eye on 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.