Cromford Canal

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Cromford, England
Cromford Canal - Wheatcroft's Wharf, Cromford Canal
Cromford Canal - Cromford Canal
Cromford Canal - Cromford Canal
Cromford Canal - Cromford Canal

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Cromford Canal Jan 15, 2017
In order to cope with the demands of goods for the growing town of Cromford, the canal was built between 1789 and 1794. Local businessmen, including Richard Arkwright, were the pushing force behind it. Although Arkwright himself kept on relying mostly on road transport, the canal saw steady growth until the mid-19th century. By then, the railway infrastructure was developed so far that it took over a large part of the traffic. By the outbreak of WWII, most of the canal was already abandoned nd commercial traffic ceased in 1944. Some structures are preserved in Cromford around the former harbour, however don't expect anything big: We are talking about an 18th century canal.

Once an important way of traffic, it has lost its function and is just a tourist attraction right now. The canal is intact between Cromford and Ambergate and boat trips are offered. It also leads through beautiful landscape and is a good place to get a walk through a nature reserve.

At the end of the canal, where there once was the small harbour, there is a café called Wheatcroft's Wharf. It offers you sandwiches and snacks as well as hot and cold drinks. For meals beyond a sandwich, go to the town centre however.
Cromford Canal
Cromford Canal
Cromford Canal
Wheatcroft's Wharf, Cromford Canal
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