At a loose end this weekend? Got that #Friday feeling?
Get yourself down to Leawood Pump House and High Peak Junction on the Cronford Canal. Take a train ride from Whasandwell to Cromford and walk back along one of the most beautiful places full of industrial heritage
Industrial Heritage does not have to be an abandoned factory, or an oily workshop, quite often it is a thing of beauty, you only have to look, then look again.
This is industrial heritage that speaks to us, it’s a way of confronting the past in an immediate way and allows you to immerse yourself in it. It brings together the concept that that heritage alone cannot do and confronts you in the multi-sensory way in which we experience place.
Leawood Pump House and High Peak Junction is must see place. Nestled down in the Derwent Valley, the railway junction with the canal is one of the country’s earliest railways and was a hub of transport activity.
Visiting the Derwent Valley is like standing in the historical house. Each room has a theme. Each theme has a feeling and each feeling engages your mind with the past. You can set yourself free and move from room to room, experiencing a different time and place as you explore the historic house.
Leawood Pump House was built in 1849 to pump water from the River Derwent to top up the Cromford Canal.
The pump house is now well over 150 years old but remains in pristine working condition thanks to the sterling work of the Middleton Top and Leawood Pump Volunteer Group. Leawood Pump House is open and operated on steam regally throughout the year.
Spending a few moments just watching the beam engine working, quietly, the gentle hiss of steam, the clicks and clunks of the valve gear. You can step back in time and immerse yourself in nostalgia, and somehow feel differently about history.