A Jessop Trail - The Cromford Canal and Cromford & High Peak Railway

Civil engineers William Jessop (1745-1814) and his son Josias (1781-1826) left their marks on the Derbyshire Peak District with a remarkable canal and railway, which fitted well into the landscape and can still be followed by anyone with a car or bicycle who is prepared to do a little walking.

Civil engineers William Jessop (1745-1814) and his son Josias (1781-1826) left their marks on the Derbyshire Peak District with a remarkable canal and railway, which fitted well into the landscape and can still be followed by anyone with a car or bicycle who is prepared to do a little walking.

Part 1, Cromford Wharf & High Peak Junction, provides easy walking between Cromford Wharf and Ambergate (five miles), but is only usable by wheelchairs as far south as Gregory Tunnel. However, most features described in the attached leaflet (to Derwent Aqueduct) are within 1.5 miles of Cromford, giving a round trip of less than three miles.

Part 2, the High Peak Trail, is perhaps too long to walk in one day (if returning the same way), but there are car parks at both ends – as well as along the route - which provide options to explore shorter sections. Cycle hire facilities also exist at Middleton Top and Parsley Hay, though opening is seasonal. There are also several inclines (uphill from High Peak Junction to Parsley Hay, downhill if route followed in reverse); cyclists are advised to dismount when travelling downhill.

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