Cromford Canal - Peak District Walk

Thursday 14th February 2013

This was my first opportunity to get out this year and my first day off since Boxing Day. Despite the fact it was a rather grey, miserable day it was just nice to have my boots back on and to be able to get out from behind my desk.

Start: High Peak Junction (SK 3149 5607)

Route: High Peak Junction - High Peak Trail - Moorside - Cromford - Cromford Wharf - Cromford Canal - High Peak Trail

Distance: 3.75 miles     Ascent: 172 metres      Time Taken: 1 hour 35 mins

Terrain: Clear tracks.

Weather: Overcast with a light shower.

Pub Visited: None    Ale Drunk: None

Route Map >>


High Peak Junction

Crossing the canal I headed straight for the High Peak Trail.

Passing some relics from the time when this was a railway junction.

Catch Pit

Looking down at the Catch Pit.

High Peak Trail

Strangely I had the High Peak Trail to myself.

Sheep Pasture Incline

As I headed uphill the amount of snow on the trail increased.

More signs that this was once a railway line.

Winding House

The winding house at the top of Sheep Pasture Incline.

Although it was raining where I was there was some sunshine down in the valley.

Willersley Castle

Zooming in on Willersley House the family home built by Richard Arkwright.


I took a slippery route down Moorside.

At Cromford Wharf this swan refused to look up.

The ducks were heading for the people who were offering them food.

Cromford Canal

Blue sky reflected in the canal.

Cromford Canal

A burst of autumn colour to brighten up the generally bare trees.

High Peak Junction

Back at High Peak Junction everyone has gone home.

Cromford Canal

Well almost everyone.


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