Tourist trips along canal

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A new boat offering trips along the Cromford canal was delivered to Cromford Wharf on Saturday.

The Friends of Cromford Canal (FCC) raised over £80,000 to buy and refurbish the traditional canal narrowboat “Birdswood”, built in 1938 and stored at Langley Mill.

The trip boat will operate for tourists and schools after the canal was dredged last winter.

Once crews have been trained and licences obtained, trips will be available on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from Cromford Wharf to High Peak Junction and back. Passenger services should start in late August or early September.

Councillor Andy Botham, Derbyshire County Council’s deputy cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, said: “The boat trips will offer another attraction to draw people to this part of Derbyshire, which will benefit many other local businesses.”

FCC chairman Matthew Rogers said: “This is an exciting time!

“The Friends look forward to providing boat trips and for this to play a role in attracting and retaining both existing and new visitors to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.”