On the opposite side of the canal from the High Peak Junction Visitor Centre, a short distance to the south is Leawood Pumphouse. Built in 1849 to pump water from the river to the canal, following water shortages in 1844. It has been extensively restored by volunteers and is capable of lifting approximately five tons of water each minute, up to a height of 30 feet. Open to the public on 'steaming days' in the summer, details of which are set out below.
Completed in 1794, the Cromford Canal stretched 14.5 miles to Langley Mill, where it joined the Erewash Canal. With a tunnel and two aqueducts, the canal was built to carry limestone from quarries at Crich to the iron foundry at Butterley. It was extended to serve Richard Arkwright's Cromford Mills, and it became very busy and profitable as a result. The canal supports an abundance of wildlife and because of its value as a natural habitat, it has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The southern end, from Whatstandwell to Ambergate, is managed as a Statutory Local Nature Reserve by the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.
DATES FOR 2010
**NOTE: Mechanical problems may result in visitors not being able to view the engine at work, please telephone the number below to check the situation before travelling. This is an independent information site that does not have any direct link with High Peak Junction.
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Group and school visits can be arranged to Middleton Top Engine House, Leawood Pump and High Peak Junction Workshops - Telephone Middleton Top on 01629 823204.
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PLACES OF SPECIAL INTEREST IN THE LOCALITY
Arkwright’s Cromford Mill (Cromford Mill Tel. 01629 823256, Masson Mill Tel. 01629 760208) the world’s first successful water powered cotton-spinning mill. It is now a world heritage site and guided tours are available. There is a whole food restaurant, a number of shops and free car park. A not to be missed attraction, along with Masson Mill situated about a quarter of a mile away on the A6, that has been converted into a shopping village and working textile museum. Open daily.
HIGH PEAK JUNCTION FEATURE
The starting point for The High Peak Trail where there are toilets, a picnic site and car park off the Cromford to Holloway road. There are also Railway workshops and memorabilia, a visitor centre and shop selling books, maps. gifts and refreshments.
HIGH PEAK TRAIL
The former track of the world famous Cromford and High Peak Railway, has been converted into a trail for the use of the public.
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