Since then though much has changed. You can only really paddle a couple of miles as far as Lea Wood Pump House. After this section the canal becomes disused, overgrown and shallow. It is too shallow even for paddle craft.
Things to do on the Cromford Canal
What the Cromford Canal lacks in size and grandeur, it more than makes up for in quality. The basin by Cromford Meadows is a busy hub on weekends throughout the year.
Many families heading down to enjoy the outdoor space, whether that’s with a walk along the canal or enjoying the playing fields or rugby club at the side of the canal.
At the basin you can grab food and drinks or cross the road to the old mill where there are a few shops. If you want something more substantial, you’re not far from the centre of Cromford, There you’ll find plenty of eateries at your disposal, from cheese shops to fish and chip shops, pubs, cafe’s and more.
As well as it’s rich industrial heritage, the canal is a quiet haven to relax for people and wildlife. People often report sightings of herons, grass snake, water vole and little grebe basking along the route.