Bakewell is one of the treasures in the Peak District National Park.It is an ancient market town.Cattle and sheep auctions have taken place here for centuries. The site was moved  a short distance across the river to where the  new Agricultural Centre is today.

Monday is Market day.  Bakewell has a fantastic open air market with a wide range of stalls. Come early...it gets very busy. The  town centre car parks are blocked off to make way for the market stalls,but ample pay and display parking is offered  just across the river Wye.Visitors young and old enjoy feeding the ducks, swans, Canadian geese and marvel at the size of our Trout!  A farmers market is held on the 1st Saturday of each month which offers organic produce from meat to a wide variety of vegetables.

A stroll along the paved waters edge will take you to the park. Beautiful trees, plenty of benches, a fully equipped play ground for the kiddies makes a stroll to the park a must.

Fine old buildings of much character interspursed with new, line the streets of Bakewell,with wonderful shops in courtyard settings.

Dining out in Bakewell is a pleasure. There are French, italian, Indian restaurants, Bistros, a chippy and not forgetting the many friendly pubs where a warm welcome from the locals is assured.

Accommodation is plentyful. From hotels to friendly B&B's book early weekends fill up fast !

History abounds in this area.  The All Saints church stands proud on an elevated postion and is a must see. It's spire can be seen from almost anywhere in the town. It dates back to Saxon times and has many Saxon carvings and you will marvel at the wood work. Bell ringing takes place at the church and flower festivals are held there.

The famous Bakewell pudding was a mishap in the kitchens of the Georgian coaching Inn the White Lion, renamed the Rutland Arms in 1805.  A cook mistakingly lined a pastry case with jam before adding the cake mixture.  The old Pudding Shop is always bustling with visitors and they will box up a pudding for you to take home!

Bakewell is situated in the heart of the Peak District National Park surrounded by beautiful countryside. Dont worry if you take a wrong turn,chance is that you will discover yet another magnificent view ! It's location is perfect for day trippers or short breaks  for those who are exploring all that is on offer in the breathtaking peaks.  It is three miles to Chatsworth House and about a mile and a half to Haddon Hall. Did you know that within a five mile radius of Bakewell you can see Chatworth House, Haddon Hall, Millers Dale, Monsal Dale, Coombs Dale, Bradford Dale, Lathkill Dale to mention but a few.

Although there is no longer a rail link in Bakewell, many buses and coaches from the outlying villages pass through. - see the Getting About Article article for details.  The nearest train stations are in Chesterfield and Matlock,about half an hours drive away.

Bakewell has a very good Tourist Information Centre,where advice, books and maps are available.  It really is worth a visit all year round..but be warned... you won't be the only ones there!