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Bugsworth Basin

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Planning your visit

Address: Bugsworth Basin, Brookside, Buxworth, High Peak, Derbyshire, SK23 7NE View on Google map

Price: Apart from parking, it's free

Toilets: Toilets at visitors centre in the basin

Bugsworth Canal Basin on the Peak Forest Canal, and not far from the town of Whaley Bridge, 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.

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.

Something a bit more energetic? 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.

Things to do and see

Places to eat:

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

Wildlife spotting:

This is a great spot to bring some healthy duck snacks and get to know the local swans, ducks, coots and moorhens

Getting here

By car - free parking at the basin

Local Events