Situated just off the A6 trunk road, the village is 17 miles north of Derby, and about 20 minutes drive from the M1 motorway. The nearest towns are Matlock and Wirksworth.
Cromford is well known through its connection with Sir Richard Arkwright, who established a water powered cotton spinning mill here in 1771.
Cromford is set in a valley, surrounded by wooded hills and cliffs, bordered by the River Derwent to the east and vast quarries to the west. There are many paths and trails giving extensive views of the village and beyond.
Cromford is a sturdy, stone built village, cut through by the busy Cromford Hill road and the A6. Although at first sight not a ‘pretty’ village, it has a charm of its own, with much to surprise and please the visitor.
Some cottages and farm buildings pre-date Arkwright’s time, but a large part of the village was built to house the mill workers. They were provided with shops, pubs, chapels and a school.