Holidays in Bakewell

...flagship Peak District town

Considered the capital of the Peak District National Park, and indeed the only town within its boundaries, Bakewell is a popular and picturesque market town standing astride the River Wye, and arguably the definitive base for a holiday or short break in the Peak District.

Surrounded by wooded hills and beyond that a cluster of delightful villages and beauty spots, Bakewell is the principal southern gateway to the Peak District - in a prime location to take advantage of everything the UK’s first National Park has to offer.

Bakewell Pudding

Bakewell is of course most famous for its pudding, with a trio of bakeries in the town all claiming to offer the original secret recipe. Bakewell Puddingnot tart – is exported all around the world yet continues to cause confusion both in terms of its name and its origin.

Town Centre

The attractive town centre is pierced by one of the prettiest rivers in the Peak – the River Wye – where you can idle on a bench and watch the world go by, or take a pleasant walk along the river from the bridge in the heart of the town.

Bakewell is blessed with a fine range of independent boutiques, book shops, country outfitters and loads more to satisfy the discerning shopper, as you wind your way around the jumble of courtyards, charming back streets, nooks and crannies.

And for a relatively small town, Bakewell is home to an impressive choice of pubs and restaurants, with over half a dozen boozers and even more excellent eateries to call into after - or during – a long day’s pottering.

Lively seven days a week, Bakewell’s busiest day is usually a Monday – for Monday is market day, the day on which a weekly livestock and farmers market has been taking place since the 14th century.

The highlight of Bakewell’s social calendar is the annual Bakewell Show, a classic country fair held for two days every August on the banks of the river and attracting upwards of 60,000 happy punters.

Out of Town

On Bakewell’s doorstep is a veritable feast of attractions, perhaps most notably Chatsworth – the world famous ‘Palace of the Peak’, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and set in 1000 acres of stunning grounds. Even closer to Bakewell is Haddon Hall, yet another magnificent Peak District country house.

Both Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall are recent stars of the big screen and should feature high on the agenda of anyone holidaying in the Bakewell area.

A short drive away is the dramatic Monsal Head, possibly the most photographed view in the Peak District and part of the Monsal Trail, which provides fantastic walking and cycling opportunities.

Further along the River Wye from Bakewell is the delightful Ashford-in-the-Water, possibly the prettiest of all Peak District villages.

Bakewell Cottages

Visitors to the area are conveniently served by a great choice of accommodation, in particular some charming Bakewell cottages.

East Lodge Cottage, just a five minute walk from the centre of Bakewell, is a dog friendly, beamed cottage sleeping 4 guests, while Thornbridge Manor Cottage – also dog friendly – is an ideal romantic bolt-hole for 2 in the nearby village of Great Longstone.

Stay in Bakewell

Enjoying the prime spot in the most accessible of England’s National Parks, Bakewell has everything going for it with something for everyone - be it a day in Bakewell or a stay in Bakewell.

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015