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Cromford
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An historic village, part of which is designated as a World Heritage Site, surrounded by some glorious scenery.

Cromford is forever associated with Sir Richard Arkwright as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Arkwright built the world's first water powered cotton mills here and pioneered the factory system. Cromford developed around the mills as a purpose built industrial community. Arkwright's first mill, just off the A6, is undergoing long-term restoration by the Arkwright Society and his red brick built Mason Mills are alongside the river Derwent through the limestone cutting of Scarthin Nick. Arkwright also built the grand mock-Gothic Willersley Castle, on the east bank of the river, but he died before it was completed. The village is packed full of interest; behind the Greyhound Hotel in the square is the tranquil mill pond, alongside the river is the Cromford Canal which was linked to the Cromford and High Peak Railway just to the south of the village, by the 15th century bridge are the ruins of an ancient chapel and a curious old fishing pavilion.

Things to do; Arkwright's Cromford Mill is open to the public, guided tours explain the story of the site and the restoration work in progress; there is also a visitor centre, shops and a cafe. Mason Mills houses a shopping complex, cafe and a Working Textile Museum. Both mills are part of the World Heritage Site. Willersley Castle is now a Christian holiday centre. The village has good shops, restaurants and pubs, including some specialising in minerals and second hand books. There are some good walks, especially along the canal from Cromford Wharf to High Peak Junction, where there is a Visitor Centre, Lea Wood Pumping Station and the start of the High Peak Trail. Black Rocks with its' picnic site and craggy tors are high up above the village. The Derwent Valley Heritage Trail runs through the village.
 

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