High Peak Junction - a former railway junction near Cromford
High Peak Junction is the former junction of the High Peak Railway and the Midland Railway, just south of Cromford
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|This is the original workshops of the Cromford and High Peak Railway - a unique railway which ran between Whaley Bridge and Cromford, via Buxton, mainly serving the local quarries. This unique railway was built in 1830 to link the High Peak Canal at Whaley Bridge with the Cromford Canal, and used static engines on a number steep inclines which were necessary to overcome the hilly countryside (the track achieved an altitude of 1250 feet near Buxton), plus normal railway engines on the stretches imbetween. The railway finally closed in 1963, though the Whaley Bridge - Buxton section closed much earlier. The workshops are located at the bottom of an incline where the Cromford and High Peak Railway descended from Black Rocks to the Derwent Valley to join the Midland Railway below. The workshops contain early relics of the railway, plus a model and a video show. Nearby is Leawood Pump House, built to pump water for the Cromford Canal, which runs alongside the Midland Railway and the River Derwent. This was constructed in 1794 and linked Cromford with Langley Mill, where it joined the Erewash Canal. The canal was built to carry local limestone to the iron foundry at Butterley and goods to and from Richard Arkwright's Cromford Mills.|
High Peak Junction and Cromford Canal Photo Gallery - click on the images to enlarge- Click Here for a slide show
How to get there
the junction lies just off the A6 road about 3km south-east of Cromford. It can be reached from the A6, but access is easier by turning off the A6 at Cromford to take the road to the station. Continue past Cromford station along side the River Derwent for 3km until the road turns away from the river, where you see a parking place and a bridge across the river.
By Bus: The Trans-Peak bus (Nottingham to Buxton via Derby) goes along the A6, with an hourly service.
By Train: Cromford Station lies approximately 3km away. From there head back into Cromford a short distance to the end of the Cromford Canal - the towpath offers a pleasant walk to High Peak Junction.
When is it open?
Open Easter - October daily from 10.30am to 5.30pm and winter weekends from 10.40am to 4.30pm.
What does it cost?
Adult £0.50, child £0.25. Phone: 01629 822831
Prices and opening times are shown as a guideline only and may vary.
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