In view of the hilly nature of Derbyshire's Peak District, steep gradients were a feature of the route, and on some, steel cables powered by stationary steam engines were used to haul the loaded wagons up them.
One such was Sheep Pasture Incline which runs up a 1 in 8 slope from the Cromford Canal at High Peak Junction to Middleton Top which housed the steam engine.
This cycle ride starts from Cromford Station on the Derby/Matlock line, goes along the canal towpath to High Peak Junction, calling in at Cromford Mill on the way.
The tough climb is well worth the effort as the views from the top are superb. and then we then join the main road after Black Rocks for the freewheel down Cromford Hill and on into Matlock.
The towpath is narrow in places and cyclists should give way to walkers.
The incline is a different problem for cyclists going downhill.
Looking back down the incline.
More views across to Middleton Quarry.
On the left we pass Black Rocks.
See video of ride through The Matlocks click HERE