A Visit to Bakewell
The picture-perfect town of Bakewell in Derbyshire is often referred to as the ancient capital of the Peak District, and it’s the only town that lies wholly within the boundary of the National Park.
Bakewell is a relatively small market town with a population of less than 5,000, but its peaceful setting on the River Wye and its wealth of historic buildings, shops and restaurants make it a very popular destination for visitors. We think it’s a wonderful place to explore, with pretty riverside walks, narrow lanes and hidden courtyards.
An added bonus of a visit to Bakewell is the treat of fresh, locally-made Bakewell pudding (a very different proposition than a Bakewell Tart) as a reward for hungry shoppers!
Look out for the beautiful stone bridge on the way into the town with its five Gothic arches and triangular quoins; it’s one of the oldest bridges still in use in England.
How do I get to Bakewell?
Bakewell is located on the A6 and is well signposted from most areas within the Peak District National Park, being the major town for the region. The postcode for the large Visitor Information Centre in the centre of the town (car parking nearby) is DE45 1DS.