Parking at Cromford events
How to get here (or there)
You CAN try and find parking in the centre of Cromford, but it is usually jam packed and at a standstill when there is an event on.
There are parking places on Scarthin Promenade and in the Marketplace but they are rarely vacant when you want them.
We suggest you avoid Water Lane aka A5012 on the map.
It's always congested at the best of times - You'll get blocked in, be stuck there for ages, so don't go there on purpose.
There are also now yellow lines along many of the main roads of Cromford, and on street parking is often time limited.
Parking wardens also patrol Cromford when events are on.
Your best bet is to park on any of the cark parks down Mill Lane. There are 3.
1 Opposite Arkwrights Mill - small, up to about 50 cars, only open at weekends.
2 At Arkwrights Mill - slightly larger, on the left just after the mill.
3 Cromford Meadows - huge, on the right opposite the mill.
ALL THREE ARE PAY AND DISPLAY
Once parked, you then have to walk a few hundred yards, past Arkwright Mill (on your right). There are cafes and toilets in the Mill, also a cafe on Cromford Canal. a
Then cross the A6 and, depending on the event;
turn right up to Scarthin, or walk up Cromford Hill, past The Institute turning left at the Bell Inn which takes you to North Street.
Along the way at the bottom of Cromford Hill are a small row of interesting shops, many of which have special displays, offers or are generally worth investigating.
On Scarthin Promenade is the famous Scarthin Books
There are a wide range of eating and drinking establishments of various price ranges in Cromford, including take-aways, sit down cafes and formal restaurants.
Please note if you do find access difficult then it is possible to drop people off either on Scarthin Promenade (one-way only) or down North St. (dead-end), but please do be patient as there will be a lot of congestion.
There is only one disabled parking spot on Scarthin Prom.
If you are a blue badge holder and do want to attend, please do contact us and we will see what we can do to help. Please note though that, off the main streets, Cromford is full of uneven and often steep surfaces and therefore everyone attending any event is deemed to do so at their own risk.
Please also note that traffic wardens regularly patrol when there is a Cromford event.
Due to recent examples of bad vehicle parking which has resulted in wheelchairs having to be pushed into the road,and youngsters being forced to run onto the road during the fell race we are now asking our local PCSO to patrol Cromford at regular intervals to particularly focus on cars parking on the pavement or otherwise breaking parking laws.
Other ways of getting there?
Take the train to beautiful Cromford Station, walk down Mill Road - see map and directions above.
There are good bus services, including buses direct from Sheffield & Chesterfield.
Or walk - an interesting detour off the High Peak Trail via the ever popular Cromford Canal, or a stop-off on one of the many other walks in these parts.
We do hope you can make it!