Attractions to explore nearby Derwent Valley Mills
The Derwent Valley in central England contains a series of 18th- and 19th- century cotton mills and an industrial landscape of high historical and technological interest. The Valley is exceptionally rich in wildlife with ash and oak woodlands, charming villages, flower-rich pastures, and flowing streams. It offers fascinating insights into industrial and social life during the 18th and 19th centuries.
The Cromford Canal used to run for 14.5 miles from Cromford to Langley Mill where it met the Erewash Canal with a branch to Pinxton. Built by William Jessop with help from Benjamin Outram, it's mostly derelict but still makes for a beautiful Derbyshire canal walk. The canal is ideal for walkers of all ages and abilities, and with regular public transport stops along the northern stretch you don’t have to walk back to your starting point if you don’t want to.
The Midland Railway was one of the most pre-eminent railway companies of its time. The Midland Railway - Butterley has a unique collection of railway locomotives and rolling stock and both Princess Margaret Rose and the Duchess of Sutherland are at the Centre. The railway is also home to the 2 ft narrow gauge Golden Valley Light Railway, which opened in 1991 and partially lies on the trackbed of a former plateway built by the Butterley Company in 1813 to connect its ironworks facilities in But
Crich Tramway Village is the home of The National Tramway Museum which is an ideal destination for all ages. Visitors can ride the world-renowned vintage trams through their unique period street and out into the open countryside for spectacular views, explore fascinating exhibitions and watch as trams are restored from our Workshop Viewing Gallery. The museum's collection of trams runs through the village-setting with visitors transported one-mile out into the local countryside and back.
Kedleston Hall is a breathtaking neo-classical house set in landscaped parkland. The house was built between 1759 and 1765 for Sir Nathaniel Curzon. It has a collection of fine paintings and furniture and has the most complete and unaltered examples of Robert Adam interiors in England. It was one of the fine examples of architecture and also it will be worth visit.
High Peak Junction is the name now used to describe the site where the former Cromford and High Peak Railway, whose workshops were located here, meets the Cromford Canal. 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 fascinating audio tour.
Codnor Castle, located near the village of Codnor, between Ripley and Heanor, was home to the powerful de Grey family for centuries during the medieval period, but now is regarding as a 'Building at Risk' by Historic England. The castle is a stone keep and bailey fortress and was established by William Peverel. The present fragmentary remains represent a three-storey keep and a strong curtain wall and ditch, flanked by round towers.
Shipley Country Park and Visitor Centre are set in 700 acres of rolling hills, wildflower meadows, and tranquil lakes teeming with wildlife. The Shipley Estate was an ancient manor mentioned in the Domesday Book. it offers a great day out, with superb play areas, an outdoor gym and a host of seasonal events, self-guided trails, and specialist workshops to enjoy. Day fishing is available from the bankside and there are 20 miles of quiet paths and bridleways to discover.
Set within six former limestone quarries in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales, on the edge of the Peak District National Park, and close to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, the National Stone Centre (NSC) is a 40-acre Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), for its geological formations offering outdoor and indoor activities for all. One of the iconic attraction in this area and attracts a lot of people.
Black Rocks is a weathered outcrop of Ashover grit between Cromford and Wirksworth in the Derbyshire Peak District, England, which can be reached by a short, but steep climb. The site has interesting wildlife walks through different types of deciduous and conifer woodland. Onbe of the nice trekking destination and also The scree slope is an ideal place to search for a variety of rocks and minerals.