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Nice olde worlde town with interesting buildings.
Can be a little busy atthe weekends.
In a nutshell
Come and try a pudding.
A pleasant, friendly pub with good beer. A nice mix of tourists and locals the evening in August we were there. A good patio area,there was a good size crowd listening to a folky band too but I'm not sure if this is a regular summer event or a one-off.
Written May 13, 2008
Address: Bridge Street
There are no trains to Bakewell any longer as the line closed in the 1960s. However of you do not have a car and want to get to Bakewell there are a number of buses from various local towns. The link below gives full details but the main routes are 61 Derby to Bakewell, 63 Bakewell to Belper ( and rail connection on the national network) and some Trans Peak services that seem quite intermittent. It is possible to explore the Peak District by bus - for this look at the Transpeak website.
Written May 5, 2008
In the summer be aware that parking is a nightmare. The Monday weekly market is held on the central car park that surrounds the town's supermarket, which also means don't try and do your weekly shop on a Monday. The only main parking is the Showground area on the other side of the river - even though its only a 5 - 10 min walk to the town centre its a real pain. Also you may get caught in traffic jams getting in and out of town on the Bank Holiday Monday market days. Best way is to catch a bus from Matlock, Buxton or one of the other nearby towns.
Written Apr 14, 2008
The chalk rivers of Derbyshire are full of wild rainbow and brownies. In Bakewell itself they are enormous (bloated on the bread and chips from tourists) who often only seem to notice the ducks and swans and not these monsters of the deep! Signs everywhere along the Lathkill and Wye warn that it's private fishing, therefore fishing permits are difficult to get hold of, and very expensive if you do. Whilst on our many river walks in May and in August we only saw a total of 4 or 5 anglers. However it was great fun hunting these shy fish with our cameras.
Written May 4, 2008