Belper 17 minutes
Derby 29 minutes
Nottingham 60 minutes


Cromford the home of Sir Richard Arkwright’s first mill complex, the birthplace of the modern factory system and today part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

Explore the history of Cromford Mills, take a stroll on the Cromford Canal or enjoy a narrow boat trip to High Peak Junction.

Nearby is the historic town of Wirksworth, with a host of visitor attractions along the High Peak Trail.

170 train at Cromford
Station Facilities
  • Ticket Machine
  • Step Free Access
  • Parking
  • Toilets 5 minute walk by Canal

Cromford station
Lea Road

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Did you know?

Some music fans may recognise the view in front of the former waiting room as it features on the front of Oasis’ 1995 single Some Might Say, which was the band’s first number 1 single.

Passenger Facilities

The station is unstaffed and tickets can be purchased from the ticket machine under the platform canopy.  There is a customer help point at the platform entrance.

There is step free access, but there is a high step onto the train from the platform. This is most significant under the canopy, and boarding/alighting the train is easier from the area not under the canopy.

The nearest toilets are a five-minute walk at Cromford Canal car park, facilities include a Changing Places toilet.

Cycle parking is located on the station platform.

Getting to and from Cromford Station

The footway along the Station Approach Road joins to Mill Lane which leads to Cromford Mills, Cromford Canal and the village centre.  Cromford bridge, midway between the station and village has a very narrow pavement limiting usage by disabled and those with children’s buggies.  Large groups should also take extra care at this point.

Parking at the Station

East Midlands Railway operate the small station car park, which includes disabled parking.

There are Off Peak, Weekend and Standard Parking rates available.

Parking is £2.50 for 24 hours, (multiple tickets may be purchased for more than one day), £8 weekly and £25 monthly. Annual tickets costing £250 are also available from Derby Station.

Off Peak is £1.50 Monday to Friday after 10am and anytime Saturday and Sunday.

At Weekends parking is £2.50 from 10am on Friday to Midnight on Sunday.

Further information is available on the East Midlands Railway Station Car Parking page

Local Bus Services from Cromford 

Most bus services operate from the centre of Cromford, including 6.1 to Wirksworth – every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sunday.

There is a less frequent Monday to Saturday 110 service to Carsington or you can book a ride on the Derbyshire Connect bus direct from the station to explore the Southern Peak District including Dovedale, Carsington Water or Tissington Hall.

The hourly Transpeak links the towns and villages along the Derwent Valley and service 216 operates from opposite Cromford Mill to Bonsall and to Starkholmes from the corner of Willersley Lane.

Bus stop locations are displayed on the Onward Travel Map and bus timetables are available here.  When trains are replaced by buses. road replacement services pick up/drop off points are at the bus stops on the A6 at Cromford Crossroads 2/3 mile from the station.


Local taxi firms include:

Deejay 01629 822072;

Matlock 01629 584195

Fox 01629 583333.

 Cromford village, a ten-minute walk from the station, retains much of its character and many original buildings from the Arkwright era including those on North Street, Scarthin and around the Market Place.  A diverse range of local businesses including pubs, restaurants, Post Office, gift shops and a fascinating bookshop are located around the historic Market Place.

The village is surrounded with wooded hills and cliffs, bordered by the River Derwent and there are many paths and trails giving extensive views over the village and beyond. The station serves a wide community notably Lea Bridge, Lea, Holloway, Bonsall and Wirksworth.

A detailed history of Cromford is available in Cromford Revisited produced by the Derwent Valley Mills Educational Trust Copies may also be bought from local heritage sites and local bookshops

A short bus journey on the 6.1 and other local services from Cromford market place is Wirksworth.   Wirksworth is a quirky and historic town known for its independent shops and cafes and annual arts festival. In Wirksworth is Wirksworth Heritage Centre and the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway which connects with the Derwent Valley Line at Duffield,.

On route to Wirksworth you can alight for the High Peak Trail at Black Rocks.  A little further along the trail are the, National Stone Centre, Steeple Grange Light Railway, Mount Cook Adventure Centre and Middleton Top Countryside Centre.

Explore the area
Heritage & Museums

Cromford Mills

Cromford Mills, home of Sir Richard Arkwright and part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

Nature & Parks

Cromford Canal

Cromford Canal is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is a haven for water vole



Cromford has a good selection of shops, restaurants and pubs, in the village centre and at Cromford Mills. 

Nature & Parks

Black Rocks

Black Rocks is a popular walking and climbing area off the High Peak Trail. with superb views over Cromford and Matlock Bath.

Themed Attractions

Cromford Canal Boat

Cromford Canal Narrow Boat Cruises operate the historic narrow boat Birdswood.

Heritage & Museums

High Peak Junction

High Peak Junction is home some of the earliest railway buildings in the world.

Nature & Parks

High Peak Trail

High Peak Trail is a 17.5 mile walking and cycling trail near Cromford

Nature & Parks

Lea Wood

Lea Wood is a semi-natural ancient woodland between Cromford and Whatstandwell.

Heritage & Museums

Leawood Pump House

Leawood Pump House is a steam powered beam engine

Nature & Parks

Middleton Top

Middleton Top Countryside Centre on the High Peak Trail offers delightful views.

Sport & Adventure

Mount Cook

Mount Cook Activity Centre offers adventurous outdoor activities for all ages

Nature & Parks

National Stone Centre

National Stone Centre is a 40 acre Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Themed Attractions

Steeple Grange Light Railway

Steeple Grange Light Railway is an 18-inch gauge line near Wirksworth.



Wirksworth is a quirky and historic town known for its annual arts festival.

Heritage & Museums

Wirksworth Heritage Centre

Wirksworth Heritage Centre illustrates Wirksworth’s long history and distinctiveness.

Things to do

Walks from Cromford

Perri’s family tour of Cromford includes climbing the steep steps to Scarthin Rock or the Cromford Canal to High Peak Junction. 

Walk number 9, is an easy 2.25 mile walk between Cromford and Matlock Bath taking in the historic village of Cromford and a lovely woodland path.

Cromford Canal between Cromford, Whatstandwell and Ambergate is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is a haven for water vole and other wildlife.

Walk number 10, is a 3 mile hilltop walk between Matlock Bath and Cromford via Riber Castle, providing magnificent views. There is a steep climb and the walk goes through woodlands, fields and along an ancient trackway.

Walk number 7, is a 4 mile walk between Whatstandwell and Cromford with a steep path section in Whatstandwell, through undulating farmland and along a surfaced track.

Walk number 8, is a 4 mile walk between Cromford and Whatstandwell combining the Cromford Canal towpath with steep climbs through woodland. The views of the Derwent Valley are spectacular.

Derwent Valley Heritage Way is a 55 mile long distance footpath following the length of the River Derwent. Sections of the route may be undertaken as linear walks using the train between Derby and Matlock or other local bus services between Derby and Shardlow or between Matlock and Chatsworth.


Jul 2

Meeting Point Workshop

A creative workshop as part of Cromford Mills Meeting Point programme.

Jul 3

Antiques Fair at Cromford Mills

Cromford Mills Antiques Fair is the ideal chance to browse quality antiques, relics and vintage collectables.

Jul 3

Classic Bus and Coach Gala

A variety of vintage vehicles with some offering rides.

Jul 8 Jul 10

1771 Festival

Derbyshire’s newest open-air event that celebrates an eclectic mix of musical genres.

Jul 16 Jul 17

Traction Engine Weekend

Steam traction engines at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.

Jul 17

Artisan Market at Cromford Mill

A marvellous Artisan Market showcasing local makers, artisans and producers. The market runs each third Sunday of the month in Arkwright's historic mill yard.

Jul 23

Twelfth Night performed by The HandleBards

Join The HandleBards at Cromford Mills, for a bicycle-powered, laugh-out-loud production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.


Station history

The railway opened in 1849 and for many years, Cromford was part of the mainline railway between London St Pancras and Manchester until in 1968, the line beyond Matlock was closed.

The former station buildings have been superbly restored and both recognised in 2009 with the Railway Heritage Trust Conservation Award. The large building was renovated by the Arkwright Society, who own Cromford Mill and is leased for business use.

The station building on the opposite platform, the former Station Masters’ House and station footbridge are private, not for public access.  The former waiting room is self catering accommodation.

Station Adoption

Through harnessing local interest, the Cromford community have transformed the overgrown station into a welcoming and cared for environment. The station has been replanted with thousands of native plants and bulbs while children’s artwork from Cromford Primary School, adorns the station platform. The improvements have involved Station Adopters, Cromford Parish Council, Cromford Primary School, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership, East Midlands Railway and Network Rail.

Cromford Station Group’s efforts were recognised by a Silver Level award in the ‘It’s Your Station’ 2017 National Community Rail Awards.

Grants towards many of the improvements have been received from the Community Rail Network, DerwentWISE, Derbyshire County Council’ Community Leadership Fund and Derbyshire Dales District Council’s Local Projects Fund.