From the top of Scarthin Rock on your right hand side you can see Willersley Castle. This was to have been Arkwright’s new home. It was begun in 1786, but burnt down in 1791, before being finished. Arkwright died in 1792 and was thus never able to move into this new home. Willersley Castle is now a hotel and welcomes visitors to the area.
In December 2001, the Derwent Valley Mills in Derbyshire was inscribed on the World Heritage List. This international designation confirms the outstanding importance of the area as the birthplace of the factory system where in the 18th Century water power was successfully harnessed for textile production.
Find out more information about the history of Cromford Mills here.
You can also find out what else there is to see and do in Cromford here.