Arkwright’s Mill – A belated birthday walk

Arkwright's Mill Cromford

At last we made it out for Derby Grandad’s birthday lunch and walk.  Due to bad weather and horrid bugs it’s been delayed for a few weeks. So yesterday we headed up to Cromford the aim being to have lunch at Arkwright’s Mill and then do a short walk around Willersley. Car parking is £3 for the day and the mill is free to explore. We started with a walk around the mill.
Arkwright's Mill Cromford
After The Farmer’s grumpy start to the day (we didn’t park in the right place according to him, he didn’t want his wellies on, The Fireman wasn’t allowed to sing at the same time etc..), both boys enjoyed looking around the old parts of the mill, the waterfall in the middle is very impressive.
Arkwright's Mill Cromford
There’s also a small garden centre, antiques shop and visitor shop. The boys enjoyed walking around these old foundations and digging in the dirt at the foot of the cliffs.
Arkwright's Mill Cromford
Then onto the important business of lunch.  We were going to go to the Arkwright’s Mill, but we were twenty minutes early, they don’t serve lunch till 12pm, then we were going to have lunch across the road at Cromford Wharf, bur we were too early, they also don’t serve lunch 12pm, then we were going to have lunch at The Tor Cafe, just up the road, but that was full, not having much luck here! But aha!!
Arkwright's Mill Cromford
It is now 12pm, so we went back to Arkwright’s Mill cafe 🙂 Food was OK here, service was a bit odd, but OK. After lunch we had a short walk around Willersley crags, next to the mill.
Willersey Crags
There’s a lovely winding path that takes you to the top of the crags and gives a great view of Willersley Castle and of course lots of sticks.
Willersey Crags
We also followed the river path along the bottom of the crags, memories of my old climbing days coming back, it looked just as unappealing now as it did 15 years ago.
Willersey Crags
Willersey Crags
We spotted some lovely  Jew’s ear fungus and also noticed the delicious smell of wild garlic, maybe spring is on it’s way!
Willersey Crags
There’s a lot more exploring to be done around here, but with the weather being a bit grim we thought this was enough for today.  We hope you had a nice day Derby Grandad, sorry it was a bit late!
Willersey Crags

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