Photography Group: Launch of the Nikon Owner North Midlands Group

Saturday, August 13th

You are warmly invited to the very first meeting of the new Nikon Owner North Midlands Group, which has been kindly organised by long-standing Nikon users and Nikon Owner subscribers Mike and Pat Clarke. This initial meeting will take place on Saturday, August 13th, at the Cromford Canal, Lumsdale, to be followed on Saturday, 10th September by an exciting photographic walk in the beautiful Peak District in Derbyshire to take photographs of Derbyshire millstones. (More information on this second meeting will follow.)

Cromford Canal Photography Excursion

Cromford Canal Photo-excursion, Saturday, August 13th: where to meet

Take the A6 between Belper and Matlock. At the traffic lights at Cromford Crossroad, follow the signs for Cromford Mills and Cromford Canal (this is also a sign for Holloway and Crich).

Everyone who would like to attend should meet between 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m at the third car park on the right side of Mill Road. If you approach from Holloway and Crich, turn left into the first car park just after the river bridge. Please feel welcome to bring family members.

Refreshments are available at two cafes within two minutes’ walk from the car park.


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History of the Cromford Canal

The modern canal system was mainly a product of the 18th century and early 19th century. It came into being because the Industrial Revolution, which began in Britain during the mid-18th century, demanded an economic and reliable way to transport goods and commodities in large quantities.

The transport system that existed before the canals were built consisted of either river and coastal shipping or horses and carts struggling along mostly un-surfaced mud roads; as early industry started to expand in the 17th century, this old transport situation became highly unsatisfactory. Because only small loads could be carried, supply of essential commodities such as coal and iron ore were limited, and this kept prices high and in turn prevented economic growth.

These restrictions gave rise to the idea of building a canal system, waterways designed on the basis of where goods needed to go, not where a river happened to be.

The Cromford Canal opened in 1794, mostly carrying coal, lead and iron ore, and was a great financial success during its heyday; by 1842 the canal had carried nearly 300,000 tons of raw materials and freight.

The canal was taken over by the British Waterways Board and acquired by Derbyshire County Council in 1974. Restoration started to take place, and by 1989 the five miles between Cromford and Ambergate were restored either partly or wholly by the Cromford Canal Society.

The towpath from Ambergate to Cromford is now a very popular walking route, with the Derwent Valley Line adjacent, Leawood Pump House and the High Peak Junction of the Cromford and High Peak Railway.

Please support the launch of the North Midlands Nikon Owner group. It is a wonderful way for our subscribers to meet, exchange ideas and share photographic interests, and anyone can attend, including family members, no matter which part of the UK you come from!

Would you kindly send me an email ( with your name, telephone number and subscription number if you would like to attend this exciting photo-opportunity at the Cromford Canal.

Kind regards,

Gillian Greenwood
Features Editor and Events & Training Coordinator



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