SK3155 : High Peak Junction Wharf Shed

taken 7 years ago, near to Holloway, Derbyshire, Great Britain

High Peak Junction Wharf Shed
High Peak Junction Wharf Shed
High Peak Junction, near Cromford, is the name now used to describe the site where the former Cromford and High Peak Railway met the Cromford Canal. The Wharf shed was where goods were exchanged between boats and wagons

The area lies within Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, designated in 2001, and today marks the southern end of the High Peak Trail, a 17 miles trail for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The Derwent Valley Heritage Way also passes this point, and popular walks lead from here along the towpath in both directions.
Cromford and High Peak Railway

The Cromford and High Peak Railway linked the Cromford Canal with the Peak Forest Canal at Whaley Bridge. It was built to plug a gap in the national waterway network, creating a crucial link between the coalfields of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire with the developing industries in and around Manchester. The line was closed in 1967.

Cromford Canal

The Cromford Canal ran 14.5 miles from Langley Mill (where there was a connection to the Erewash and Nottingham Canals) to Cromford on the edge of the Peak District. It was opened in 1794 and for many years traded profitably carrying mainly coal, limestone, iron ore and lead. As with many other canals, however, it suffered from railway competition and was dealt a major blow when Butterley Tunnel had to be closed permanently in 1900 due to subsidence. The southern stretch remained open until 1944 when it was formally abandoned (except for a short distance at Langley Mill). Today there is an active restoration society, the Friends of the Cromford Canal, that hopes eventually to reopen the canal for navigation.

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Tuesday, 18 June, 2013   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 23 June, 2013
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Historic sites and artefacts  Paths  Railways  Canals 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 314 557 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:5.8819N 1:31.9151W
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