Bakewell is a picturesque market town situated on the River Wye and lies right in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Bakewell dates back to Saxon times and is home to the famous Bakewell pudding. Bakewell has something for everyone, from its many historic buildings and its wonderful riverside walks along the banks of the Wye, to its award-winning town centre with shopping arcades and numerous cafe’s and restaurants.
Monday is market day when you can find the streets alive with a wide variety of stalls including home wares, foods and clothes. The cattle market is still held on a Monday but is now housed at the Agricultural Centre on the edge of town. Once a month on a Saturday at the Agricultural Centre, there is a thriving farmers market where you can purchase a variety of locally grown produce including, meat, cheeses, mushrooms and wine and beer.
The delightful 5 arched bridge spans the River Wye and upstream there is a narrower pack horse bridge. The striking 12C parish church sits on a rise overlooking the town and has an impressive Saxon cross in the churchyard, and behind the church, the fascinating and wonderfully curated Old House museum, dates back to 1584.
Within a short drive of Bakewell, the Peak District provides a stunning backdrop to the many places to visit in the area including Country Estates, museums, pretty villages and market towns, and of course there are many adventures you can have in the beautiful countryside from a gentle river stroll to zip trekking through the tree tops! Here are a few of our favourites: