If you are looking for a self-catering holiday in the Peak District, look no further than Cromford. A village in Derbyshire, on the southern edge of the Peak District, it is home to idyllic holiday cottage, 3 Mount Pleasant.
The village is 17 miles north of Derby, and about 20 minutes drive from the M1 motorway. The nearest towns are Matlock and Wirksworth. It’s set in a valley, surrounded by wooded hills and cliffs and bordered by the River Derwent to the east.
It’s a walkers’ and cyclists’ paradise for either a short or long break; there are many paths and trails giving extensive views of the village and beyond and it is also on the route of the Derwent Valley Heritage Way, a walking trail that extends for 55 miles from Ladybower Reservoir to Shardlow and runs through fields, woods, by river, canal and road.
Cromford has a long and varied history and is best known for its connection with Sir Richard Arkwright, who established a water powered cotton spinning mill here in 1771. Some of the cottages and farm buildings pre-date Arkwright’s time, but a large part of the village was built to house the mill workers. They were provided with shops, pubs, chapels and a school. Cromford Mill itself is now a Visitor Centre.
The village has a vibrant community life – there are three pubs within 2 minutes of the cottage, two restaurants, two fish and chip shops, a grocery store and the infamous Scarthin Books (included in the Sunday Times’ Top 10 bookshops.)
“Celebrating Cromford”, a weekend festival celebrating the village and the talents of the people who live here, started in June 2005 and has become an annual event.
The village is also exceptionally close to many well-known and loved tourist attractions.