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Cromford Canal

The Cromford Canal connected the Erewash and Nottingham Canals at Langley Mill to the Peak District village of Cromford, which was an early industrial centre based on the Derbyshire Derwent.

Map showing the Cromford Canal

A boat leaving Langley Mill Basin on the Erewash Canal

Facts & Stats

14.5 miles


The length of the Cromford Canal (excluding its two branches)

14 locks

Restoration Plans

The Friends of the Cromford Canal plan to reopen the entire canal through to Cromford.  There are challenges to these plans, including the missing Bull Bridge Aqueduct (over a main road and railway), the collapsed Butterley Tunnel and the need to work sensitively in partnership with wildlife groups.

There is already a restored length with a trip-boat from Cromford to High Peak Junction.  Work is also in hand to restore a length of canal extending north from Langley Mill..

Local Events

Waterway underfunding

Hundreds of miles of waterways – along with their unique heritage and habitats – are currently starved of funding and rely on constant lobbying by us to safeguard their future.

Sustainable Boating

We want boating on canals and rivers to be more sustainable and – even though the current overall contribution to UK carbon emissions is very small – we want to help reduce emissions on the waterways.

Waterways Heritage at Risk

Britain’s canals and rivers are a unique, living heritage. But that heritage is at risk – from urban development, lack of protection, loss of skills and knowledge and climate change.

You can help Save Waterways Heritage.

Waterway restoration

Restoring the UK’s blue infrastructure – our inherited network of navigable canals and rivers – is good for people and places.

Local activities