Heage Windmill (see my post of 28th October) was only one of the venues we visited during the week of Discovery Days organised for the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. We also went to Cromford which is always a pleasure. The events were centred around Cromford Wharf, the main event being a horse drawn narrow boat which was to travel between the Wharf and Leabrook Mill. As there is only a towpath on one side of the Cromford Canal until you reach the swing bridge at High Peak Junction we decided to walk to this area, cross the bridge and wait for the boat to arrive.
It was a lovely sunny morning. There were reflections of trees in the water all the way along. We watched the blacksmith in his forge whilst waiting for the horse drawn narrowboat to arrive.
As soon as the men came to open the little swing bridge we knew they were on the way.
They passed through High Peak Junction and made their way further down the canal to the turning basin near Leabrook Mill.
The Mill was in steam for the occasion and we went inside to take a look.
I love watching these old engines working; they have a grace and beauty all of their own.
Meanwhile, William the Shire horse was taking a well earned rest before his next job of taking people around the area on the dray.