Historic Cromford and Lea
To make the most of the wonderful Bank Holiday sunshine we headed out again this afternoon and followed walk 20 from CAMRA’s Peak District Pub Walks - Historic Cromford and Lea.
A superb circuit for history lovers with much of interest all the way. The ongoing restoration of Richard Arkwright’s historic mills in Cromford, where the water frame was first deployed to spin cotton using water power, has proceeded apace and a new visitor centre opened in 2016 to act as a gateway to the whole Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. The walk also passes close to Florence Nightingale’s Lea Hurst before joining the Cromford Canal at High Peak Junction, where one of Britain’s longest inclined planes once saw standard gauge goods wagons hauled up from the main line at the start of the Cromford and High Peak Railway.
Pubs along the route include - The Boat Inn and The Greyhound Hotel, both in Cromford, where we stopped for a couple of half-way halves. There is also the Bell Inn in Cromford, which is listed on CAMRA’s Regional Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors. Further along the route is the Jug and Glass in Lea where we stopped for our finisher’s pint.
Distance: around 7 miles. For the full route map tap or click here.