Canals & Rivers
A big part of why Derbyshire and parts of the Peak District was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution was its vast array of rivers, and with this came the creation of many canals in order to efficiently transport the produce.
Although they were once vitally important to the area’s industry, today they are the perfect place for a relaxing stroll or to ride down in a narrowboat!
From the site of the very first Mill at Cromford to the canal at Chesterfield- there are loads different canals to explore in Derbyshire.
As for rivers in Derbyshire and the Peak District, arguably the most visited are the River Derwent, the River Wye and the River Dove. For more information on all of these places to visit, use the search below:
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Although now used as a picturesque and relaxing place to go for a countryside walk, Cromford Canal was once a buzzing hub of Derbyshire’s industry. The 14.5 mile long canal goes from Cromford to Erewash and was used for transporting coal to and...
The River Derwent is 66 miles long and full of history- this river was once highly important to the Industrial Revolution. Going between Matlock and Derby, it provided the power for the first ever cotton mill, Richard Arkwright’s mill in Cromford.