Things to do in Cromford - Visit Peak District & Derbyshire
The charming Derbyshire village of Cromford, at the southern tip of the Peak District, 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 in 1771 and pioneered the factory system. Cromford developed around the mills as a purpose built industrial community and visitors today can take fascinating tours at Arkwright's Mill and explore th visitor centre, shops and cafe.
Set in a valley, carved by the River Derwent, the village is a great base for exploring the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and is surrounded by glorious wooded hills and dramatic cliffs.
Cromford is a charismatic village, with a pretty village pond and surprises around every corner. Here you can discover some of the oldest purpose-built industrial housing in the world, as well as traditional shops and pubs and school, built by the Arkwright family, for the millworkers. Look out for the Old Lock Up which used to be the jailhouse, but is now a contemporary art gallery.
As you wander around the village, you will notice the most distinguished building in architectural style is The Greyhound Inn, now a hotel and restaurant. Built by Richard Arkwright in the 18th century, it provided luxury accommodation for his business associates and important visitors.
In the Market Place, to the side of The Greyhound hotel, you will see the authentic Georgian Shambles. They still contain small shop units for local independents which are well worth exploring.
Why not saunter up Scarthin, to the rear of The Shambles, for a wonderful view of the Greyhound pond? Whilst there, you can also drop into the famous Scarthin Bookshop to browse this treasure trove of books, old and new.
The village has a vibrant community and events diary too. With independent shops, art galleries, pubs and cafes, you’re sure to find something unique here.
There are some great walks starting in Cromford, 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.
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Explore the history of Cromford Mills and discover the captivating story of how the Derwent Valley changed the world in the 18th Century with the…
Now a picturesque and relaxing place to go for a countryside walk, Cromford Canal was once a buzzing hub of Derbyshire’s industry.
Discover some of the oldest surviving railway workshops in the world, from the former Cromford and High Peak Railway and step back in time with the…
The wharf is a haven for wildlife and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Little grebes and water voles can be seen throughout the year. In summer…
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