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Bugsworth Basin

Bugsworth Canal Basin was once the largest and busiest inland port on the narrow canal system and the only one to survive intact. Today, it's popular with boaters and a great place to start a country walk.

General information

Address: Bugsworth Basin, Brookside, Buxworth, High Peak, Derbyshire, SK23 7NE

Visit time: 2-3 hours

Price: Apart from parking, it's free

Parking: Free parking at the basin

Toilets: Toilets at visitors centre in the basin

Free visitor guide

Great for

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Walking
  • Dog walking


Bugsworth Basin Heritage Trust

The Bugsworth Basin Heritage Trust (previously the Inland Waterways Protection Society) run a small but interesting visitor centre and museum, along with some local events. See their website for details.

The Peak Forest Tramway Trail

The Peak Forest Tramway Trail has been re-opened from Bugsworth Basin for 2.6kms to Charley Lane near Bridgeholm Green. The trail follows the route of the old tramway linking Bugsworth Basin to Dove Holes Quarries.

Also near by:

  • Peak District National Park
  • Todbrook Reservoir, Whaley Bridge

Spot a boat

A good place to spot boats in the summer


Boat trips

Picnic spot

Some benches can be found at the basin and in Whaley Bridge


  • Round basin trail

    There is a trail around the basin- information from the Visitor Centre

  • Peak Forest Tramway Trail

    linking Bugsworth Basin to Dove Holes Quarries


You may see:

  • Swans
  • Ducks
  • Coots/Moorhens