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Social Day

Wednesday 8th June 2022 (optional 9th June)

Based in the Derwent Valley of the Derbyshire Dales situated within The Unesco Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.  

Visit and talk at Cromford Mills, canal cruise with picnic

lunch, Pumphouse visit, and dinner (optional), to suit

members and guests (over 18).   

Wednesday 8th June

10.00 – 12.30 Guided group visit to Cromford Mills and Village, tea/coffee upon arrival. Short walk to canal.   

13.00 – 13.45 Outbound Cromford canal boat trip from Cromford Wharf through countryside, commentary, with picnic lunch on board. Note canal boat unable to accommodate people in wheelchairs.  

13.45 – 15.00 Visit to Leawood Pumphouse which will be in steam.

15.00 - 15.15 Walk back to embark on canal boat.

15.15 – 16.00 Return to Cromford Wharf.

19.00 Dinner at Cavendish Hotel (optional). 11 miles from Cromford.

Optional Thursday 9th June

Chatsworth House, 2 miles from Cavendish, guided tour of the gardens including the contributions of Capability Brown and Joseph Paxton. After lunch free time to visit the house.

Or to individual’s timing, other possibilities are  

Monsal Trail - walking and cycle hire


The Cavendish Hotel at Baslow, The Devonshire Arms at Beeley (Devonshire Hotels), Matlock Hotel (Premier Inn) or Barringtons


Optional group dinner at the Cavendish Hotel.


Cromford Mills - The world’s first successful water-powered cotton spinning mill and birthplace of the modern factory system. Members and guests will be welcomed, given talk tailored to IPowerE members and guests, e.g. not all technical, followed by a tour of Cromford Mills and Village. Then a short walk to Cromford canal.   

Cromford canal boat trip from Cromford Wharf approx. 45 minutes both ways through scenic countryside with commentary - Birdswood Historic Canal Boat, Cromford Canal, Matlock, Derbyshire with picnic lunch on board. Note canal boat unable to accommodate people in wheelchairs.  

Leawood Pumphouse - Derbyshire County Council built in 1849 to pump water from the River Derwent into Cromford Canal the beam engine has a fifty inch diameter cylinder, a stroke of over 9 feet, in steam for the visit.

Visit Derbyshire - High Peak Junction Workshop.

Directions to Cromford Mills

By car: Cromford stands on the A6, 17 miles north of Derby. It is within easy reach of the M1 – about 20 minutes. Satnav – please use postcode DE4 3RQ.  Car parking at mill is close to canal. Birmingham 1hr 30 min, Manchester 1hr 45 min.

By train: there is a regular service between Derby and Matlock which stops at Cromford. The trains are operated by East Midlands Trains. Train times can be consulted on their website.

By bus: there are two services from Derby, the TransPeak and the 6.1, both operated by Trent Barton, telephone: 01773 712265. Full bus information and timetable is available on their website.

Cost per person for Wednesday visits and lunch excluding accommodation - £65.

Cost per person group dinner - £70 for 3 course or £60 for 2 course dinner.  

Numbers are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Participants must make their own arrangements for accommodation.

Please download booking form and email to