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The Cromford area has much to offer those interested in industrial archeology for it was here at High Peak Junction that the unique railway line began its tortuous route over the limestone peak plateau to Whaley bridge. After the completion of the Peak Forest Canal in 1800, which had its terminus at Whaley bridge, a number of ambitious but impractical schemes were devised to link it with the Cromford Canal. All were abandoned in favour of a railway, but as it was built by a canal engineer Josiah Jessop, the stations were called "wharfs" and the long level sections were interspersed with sharp inclines (instead of locks), the steepest of which were aided by stationary steam engines. Only the Middleton Top engine survives. It is beautifully restored and is "steamed" on advertised days throughout the summer. The disused track of this famous railway, some 33 miles long, is now used for walking, riding and cycling, and is known as the High Peak Trail.

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Dannah Farm Country House

...about 5 miles from Cromford on the southern fringes of The Peak District. Discover rooms with double spa baths, four-poster beds and spiral staircases leading from private sitting rooms to romantic beamed bedrooms above.

....the Spa Leisure Cabin is bookable for exclusive use by day along with any bedroom. It features an enormous outdoor Canadian spa hot tub, a Finnish sauna, double steam shower and luxurious living space.

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New Bath Hotel

about 1/2 a mile from Cromford, set in 5 acres of grounds overlooking Derwent Gorge in Matlock Bath.

...the Regency-style hotel has an outdoor pool and an indoor heated plunge pool, both fed by natural thermal springs.

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