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Cromford - Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution
Distance: 2 miles Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours Price: £6.00 per person
(Special family/group rates available - see below)
In 1771, a small sleepy village in the middle of Derbyshire suddenly found itself thrust into the heart of world history when it became the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. In that year, the village of Cromford was chosen by inventor Richard Arkwright to be the site of his first water-powered cotton mill. Not only was this the first successful building of its type, paving the way for a massive expansion of the textile industry in cities such as Manchester, but the working methods pioneered there made it the birthplace of the modern factory system and helped to kick-start the Industrial Revolution.

Soon overtaken by larger mills in the big towns and cities of Lancashire, cotton spinning ended at Cromford in 1844. In 1979, the site was purchased by The Arkwright Society, who are slowly restoring it and rectifying decades of neglect. In 2001, the historical importance of Cromford Mill was recognised when it, along with the surrounding village, became a keystone of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

The walk begins at the site of the original medieval village of Cromford, on what is now Cromford Meadows. Having explored the old village site and the adjacent wharf of the Cromford Canal, it then makes its way up into the modern village of Cromford. There, it explores the pioneering houses, pubs and other facilities constructed by the Arkwright family for their workers, plus other sites related to the Arkwrights and Cromford Mill. These include the “Bear Pit”, the houses and school on North Street, the picturesque Greyhound Pond, Scarthin, the Greyhound Hotel and the Market Place.

Leaving the village behind, the walk continues by looking at the grand house of Willersley Castle, and St Mary’s Church where many members of the Arkwright family have been laid to rest. It then concludes outside the gates of Cromford Mill itself, where it is possible to join one of the Arkwright Society’s own highly-recommended tours of the Mill.

This walk is the only regular guided tour of the village, led by a guide with over 25 years experience of leading guided tours around the village, making it one of the top things to do in Cromford.

Distance: 2 miles.

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Duration (approx): 2 to 2.5 hours.
Start point: Cromford Meadows,
Off Mill Road (Mill Lane),
Start time: 10:00am.
End point: Car park of Cromford Mill
Mill Road (Mill Lane),
Dates available: January 7th, 11th, 15th, 19th, 23rd, 27th, 31st.
February 16th, 20th, 24th, 28th.
March 5th, 10th, 18th, 23rd, 31st.
April 2018 onwards, dates TBC.

Private bookings for this walk are also available - see here for details.

When is this walk available?

This walk is available all year round as a scheduled walk. It is also available year-round as a private booking on a date of your choice via a Personal Walking Guide, or any scheduled walk may be upgraded to a private booking (subject to conditions - see below). The only times this walk is not available is during our Christmas and New Year break, staff holiday periods, or when we are unable to take any bookings due to other commitments such as media work.

Personal Walking Guide bookings for this walk are available most days of the week year-round, and we are normally able to accept Personal Walking Guide bookings for most days apart from some Saturdays and some Sundays. Provided we have not already received other bookings for that date, any scheduled walk may be upgraded to a private booking.

If you upgrade a scheduled walk to a private booking, or book a Personal Walking Guide for this walk, you can request a different start time if desired. Available start times are between 9:00am and early evening (around 7:00pm), although do bear in mind the need to finish before it gets dark. If you would like to request a different start time, please contact us before booking in order to determine if your requested start time is feasible.


The following prices apply for this walk:

Ticket Price Deposit
(Included in overall price)
Private Upgrade Cost
Adult or Child aged 16 and over
(Up to 8 people in group)
£6.00 per person £2.00 per person £10.00 per group
Adult or Child aged 16 and over
(9 or more people in group)
£4.00 per person £2.00 per person
Family Ticket - 1 adult plus up to 3 children
(aged 15 and below)
£13.20 per ticket £3.30 per ticket
Family Ticket - 2 adults plus up to 3 children
(aged 15 and below)
£16.80 per ticket £4.20 per ticket
Personal Walking Guide
(group of up to 4 people)
£40.00 per group £6.00 per group N/A
Personal Walking Guide
(group of 5 to 10 people)
£60.00 per group £9.00 per group
Personal Walking Guide
(group of 11 to 30 people)
£90.00 per group £13.50 per group

For more information on how to book places on this walk, and on private upgrades and private group bookings via a Personal Walking Guide, please see here. If you have any questions about the cost of this walk, please contact us via email at

What is the "Cromford Double"?

This walk qualifies for our "Cromford Double" offer. With this offer, if you book this walk and our Cromford Canal walk for the same day, you can save 25% on the total cost of both walks. So, instead of paying £6.00 each per person for each of the walks (a total of £12.00), you get both for £9.00 per person. This offer applies to both scheduled walks and private bookings, where you make an additional saving by only paying one private booking fee for the two walks, saving you an additional £10.00 off the total cost.

Family tickets are also available for the "Cromford Double" offer, priced at £18.00 for one adult and up to three children (aged up to 15 years), and £24.00 for two adults and up to three children (aged up to 15 years).

The walks are scheduled so that you do this walk in the morning, then have an hour for lunch and a look around Cromford Mill, and then walk along the Canal to Ambergate in the afternoon. Because of the limited space on the Canal towpath, we can only accept bookings for groups of up to 6 people for this offer, and both walks MUST be on the same day. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please contact us for more details and to check availability for your preferred date.

Travel to and from the walk.

This walk is easily accessible by both car and public transport. Full details of how to get to and from the walk will be included in the walk information sheet you will be sent along with your booking confirmation, but detailed information on the various public transport options is also available on our travel information page, which we try to keep as up to date as possible.

Cromford is fairly easy to reach via public transport. It is served by hourly train services from both Derby and Matlock, and the railway station is an easy five-minute walk from the start point of the walk on Cromford Meadows. It is also served by two main bus services linking Derby and Matlock, the Trent Barton 6.1 service to Bakewell via Wirksworth, and the High Peak Buses "Transpeak" service along the A6. Both of these services drop off in the village of Cromford itself, around a five to ten minute walk from the Meadows. Cromford is also served by regular buses from Alfreton and Ripley in the form of the number 140 and 141 services.

As the "Transpeak" also serves Buxton and Manchester (some buses only), it is possible to use this service to access the walk from these areas as well. After finishing the walk, you can then take the "Transpeak" service back home. If travelling from Manchester, you will need to use the train to get to Buxton Railway Station, and then take the 8:47am "Transpeak" from there, but can take the 1:18pm or 4:18pm "Transpeak" all of the way back home to Manchester.

If travelling by car, there is "pay-and-display" car parking available on Cromford Meadows itself, on the adjacent canal wharf, and also across the road at Cromford Mill. The postcode for sat-navs to reach Cromford Meadows is DE4 3RQ, and the Meadows are directly opposite St Mary's Church just south of the bridge over the river.

Is there anything special I need to bring?

As this is essentially a short urban walk, you won't need full walking gear. However, there are a few places where the going underfoot is a bit rough and possibly muddy, so stout waterproof shoes are advisable. There is also very little shelter on much of the walk, so be sure to bring either waterproofs or an umbrella if rain has been forecast. In warm weather, you may want to bring a small bottle of water with you as well.

Are there any disabled access issues?

There are a few minor issues with wheelchair access on this walk, but it is largely accessible to all. The only places where there are problems are the footpath leading through the old allotments to North Street, as this is narrow and ends in some steep steps and a narrow gate, and Church Walk, which is a rough and often muddy unmade track. However, both of these problem areas can be easily bypassed via alternative routes if necessary, without detracting from the overall walk. If you have any questions about accessibility, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Please note that, due to problems for wheelchair users on the canal towpath, we cannot accept any "Cromford Double" bookings for wheelchair users.

Is this walk suitable for dogs?

As an urban walk, there is a lot going on in the area which your dog may find distracting. However, there is nothing to stop you bringing your dog if you think it can be well enough behaved. If you would like to bring your dog with you, we do ask that you inform us at the time of booking. We also ask that, due to the traffic and large number of people likely to be encountered, and the possibility of meeting other dogs, you keep your dog under close control on a short non-extendible lead at all times and do not allow it to run free under any circumstances.


Scheduled Walks

You can book and pay for places on all of our scheduled walks online via PayPal. Other payment options are available on request - Please e-mail us for details if required.

The cost of this walk is £6.00 per person, including a £2.00 per person non-refundable deposit. The normal maximum group size for this walk is 8 people, but we can accommodate groups of up to 30 people if required, and offer a discounted rate of £4.00 per person for larger groups of 9 or more. For bookings of more than 8 people, please e-mail us with details of your booking and we will send you a PayPal invoice or arrange other payment options as required.

We also have discounted family tickets available for this walk. These cost £13.20 for one adult and up to three children aged up to 15 years old, or £16.80 for two adults and up to three children aged up to 15 years old. These family tickets can be booked via PayPal below. Other discounted family rates can be quoted on request - please e-mail us for details. All family tickets include a 25% non-refundable deposit.

Private Bookings

If you wish to have the exclusive services of your guide, you may upgrade any scheduled walk to a private booking. Not only does this guarantee you the exclusive services of your guide, but it allows you to walk at your own pace without having to worry about others, and the walk may also be varied within reason to suit your own personal interests or abilities. Please note that we cannot upgrade a scheduled walk to a private booking if we have already received other bookings for that walk.

The cost of upgrading a scheduled walk to a private booking is the same as for a scheduled walk, plus a private booking fee of £10.00 per group. For private group bookings of 9 or more, we offer a discounted rate of £4.00 per person, including a £2.00 per person non-refundable deposit, plus the £10.00 per group private booking fee. Please e-mail us for more information if you would like to upgrade a scheduled walk to a private booking.

You can also make a private booking for this walk on dates other than those on which it is normally scheduled by booking a Personal Walking Guide. This allows you to do the walk when you want to, not when we have it scheduled. We have Personal Walking Gudes available most days, except for those listed as either "unavailable" or "unavailable for private bookings" on the calendar here. Please see the table below for the days of the week on which we are able to offer Personal Walking Guide bookings for this walk.

Personal Walking Guide Availability - Cromford - Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Bank Holidays
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Most* Most* Most*
* = Please contact us for details of availability

The cost of a Personal Walking Guide for this walk is £40.00 per group for up to 4 people, £60.00 per group for 5 to 10 people, and £90.00 for larger groups up to 30 people. Please note that we cannot normally take a Personal Walking Guide booking for this walk on the same morning as we are also running it as a scheduled walk, but may be able to accept a booking for later in the day provided that the start time is 1:30pm or later. Please e-mail us for more information if you would like to make a Personal Walking Guide booking for this walk.

Bookings can be made at any time up to 48 hours before the intended date of your walk (72 hours for Personal Walking Guides), but the earlier you book, the more chance you have of getting the date you would like. We regret that we cannot accept bookings made less than 48 hours prior to the planned start time of the walk.

Please ensure before booking that you have read and agree to our terms and conditions.

Latest booking news

  • The February 24th walk is fully booked, and so we are unable to accept any more bookings for this date.
  • Bookings are open for all other dates listed, and close at 10:00am two days prior to the date of the walk.
  • This walk may be booked privately via a Personal Walking Guide on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, most Saturdays and some Sundays from January 4th to December 20th 2018.
How to book

To book a scheduled walk, simply select the number of places you require from the drop-down list, enter the date you would like to book, and confirm that you accept the terms and conditions. If you have a credit or debit card, you don't even need a PayPal account in order to make your booking.

Once we have received your booking, we will e-mail your booking confirmation and other information you will need to the address you gave during the booking process. In order to allow sufficient time for us to process your booking, please book at least two days ahead of the date of the walk you wish to book.

If you would prefer to pay by cheque, please contact us via e-mail with details of the walk you would like to book and we will send you the necessary information. As booking in this way takes much longer than booking online, please book at least two weeks before the date of the walk to allow for postage times.

Private bookings

If you would like to upgrade a scheduled walk to a private booking or book a Personal Walking Guide for this walk, please contact us to see if this is possible. You can find more information on private group bookings here, and information on Personal Walking Guides here.

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