Bakewell Travel Guide

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Bakewell Highlights

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     Nice olde worlde town with interesting buildings. 

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     Can be a little busy atthe weekends. 

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     Come and try a pudding. 

Bakewell Things to Do

  • All Saints church

    Many, many English churches are very ancient indeed, and All Saints is no exception.In fact, it is older than many because it dates largely from the 1200s, although there are traces o fits earlier 1000s (Norman) building as well, as well as changes made during the 1300s...including the spire. The original spire had to be replaced in 1840 because it...

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  • All Saints...in the churchyard (and...

    All Saints is perched on a hill above the Wye...very sensible, given the tendency of rivers to flood! It's a very ancient Christian site: there was certainly a church there by 800, and quite possibly by the 680s. Those buildings were largely, if not entirely, wooden, of course, and are known mainly through archaeology and historical documents.The...

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  • Enjoy the architecture and find the...

    Bakewell's centre has a goodly chunk of older buildings and it really is a most pleasant place to explore. Even if many of those older buildings have now been turned into shops and cafes of one sort or another their original features remain and give a good idea of how the town once looked, long before it became a popular place for visitors.Much of...

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  • Monsal Head

    Monsal Head is a great place to stop on the way back towards Manchester from Bakewell, there is a fantastic view as well as a pub bar an a cafe. we stopped on the way back after passing it on the way there and seeing how good it looked,The views are great, it was once a stop for the train and pack horses would bring people up to the pub which was...

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  • Old House Museum

    The Old House Museum is a great place to visit, i'm really sorry that we did not have the time to go in but i will definitely call in next time i visit.Family Ticket £10 (2 Adults, up to 3 children 5-16yrs) Adults £3.50Children £2Children under 5 FREE NEW- Hill of History Guided Walk around Bakewell Town £4Private guided tours for groups by...

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  • Bakewell Church

    The Church Of All Saints is a fantastic building on a hill high above the old town of Bakewell, The Steeple was constructed in the 1840s and can be seen from miles around, Most of the churches early elements are Norman but the arch piercing wall between the nave and south isle is thought to be of Saxon origin.The west front dates from the 12c and...

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  • Tourist Information

    A good place to start is the Tourist Information, It is situated in the Old Market Hall which dates from the early 17th century, It is operated jointly by the Peak National Park Authority and Derbyshire Dales District Council, It has a lot of information on the area as well as a nice selection of souvenirs and gifts.There is a photography gallery...

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  • All Saints' Parish Church

    I've been meaning to have a look around this historical church for a long time, and managed to have a quick peep during my recent visit. A lady was waiting to close the church, but let me have a few minutes to wander around. I bought an information leaflet for 20p - there is a more in depth book for £2.So, before entering the church (where there is...

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  • Farmers Market

    These markets are usually held on the last Saturday of the month, Open 0900 - 1400hrs. Free admission If you like your food, this is a Must Do!!! Indoors, with a few stalls outside, a wide variety of locally produced foods and crafts, spread through 3 halls. Only products produced, raised, baked or caught locally (30 mile radius) are displayed.Some...

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Bakewell Restaurants

  • PUDDING OR TART?

    Bakewell puddings were originally made by accident. Instead of making a strawberry tart the cook of the White Horse poured the egg mixture onto the pastry instead of mixing it into the pastry. The customer thought it was delicious and the Bakewell pudding was born.This shop dates back to the 17th century. It was originally a candle shop but the...

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  • Nice looking but a bit Pricey

    We only called in to The Peacock for a drink, It is situated on Market St and has a nice beer garden with lots of flowers overflowing from pots and troughs, The interior is nice with a bar and a seating area, they serve food all day and the menu looks really nice with a lot of variety although it is priced on the high side. As I said we only had...

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  • A taste of Austria in Derbyshire!!!

    Well this was a surprise!! An authentic Austrian coffeeshop and sausage importer in the centre of a Derbyshire town.Outside is a small garden area, attractively decorated. I'm sure it's nice to sit out here in the summer.Downstairs is a shop selling imported Austrian goodies-- sausages, coffee, mustards, soup mixes, gluewein etc. Up the stairs are...

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  • Great carvery!!

    This restaurant offers a good menu with a selection of dishes, many of which have ingredients sourced within the local area. The exstensive menu offers an exciting range of dishes which include steak pie and locally sourced half roast chicken - there's also an ever-changing daily specials board; vegetarian dishes are also offered. The Sunday...

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  • Not a restaurant, but...

    Not a restaurant, it's a take-away bakery. The pork pies from Bloomers in Bakewell, a lovely town in the Peak District of Derbyshire, are sensational and worth driving the length of the country for!The bakery is a small very old shop with low beams, packed with many different kinds of mouthwatering fresh pastries and pies, plus meats & cheeses....

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  • Reasonable restaurant in the town centre

    Typical English cafe that is well placed in the pedestrian area in the main street - one of the three establishments in Bakewell that claim to be the original home of the Bakewell pudding. Very busy on market day and the seating is a little too compact to be comfortable but the service is good and food delivered to the tables quickly. One of those...

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Bakewell Nightlife

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    by raquelitalarga Written May 13, 2008

    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.

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Bakewell Transportation

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    by Britannia2 Written May 5, 2008

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    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.

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Bakewell Shopping

  • Bloomers

    All the shops in Bakewell seem to sell Bakewell puddings, it seems that that is what they have to do, or certainly what they feel they have to do. There are various shops and they all purport to sell the 'Original Bakewell Pudding' well I'm not really bothered who does the original, what i want is the one that tastes the Best! After having a look...

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  • Some Great & Unusual Stuff!

    This is a fantastic shop that really only lets itself down by a lack of 'normal stuff' there are Kangaroo steaks Venison burgers and crocodile steaks, Cheeses from around the uk as well as flour and all sorts of oats and meal, a great place to shop, my only complaint is a lack of what we would call 'normal foods' the only chicken was a smoked...

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  • Really nice food Shop!

    You pass this lovely Deli on the way up to the church, It is a fantastic shop selling lots of stuff that you need or want, like bread, pasteries, cakes, tarts and pies, anything you could really wish for, I bought some great dips and some lovely antipasti,Vicki bought a couple of large slices of Bakewell pie, It looked and tasted lovely, much...

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Bakewell Local Customs

  • The Bakewell Pudding - How it came to...

    Although many people will have heard of Bakewell Tart, Bakewell Pudding is a different delicacy!Many shops in Bakewell serve this treat, each claiming to be the original recipe, to eat hot or cold. The pudding was invented by accident, over 200 years agoApparently Mrs Greaves, Landlady of The White Lion Inn in 1860, (Now the site of The Rutland...

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  • The Bakewell Pudding - The Recipes

    Although this recipe is accredited to Mrs Greaves, it was her nameless maid that invented this dish. (Please see previous tip for more info)There are many variations of Bakewell Pudding, some with almonds, some without. One of Mrs Greaves recipes includes Mashed potato! 1860 recipe-20 eggs, yolks of 121lb clarified butter1lb fine sugarall mixed...

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  • IT'S NOT A TART, IT'S NOT A TART, ITS...

    It's A Bakewell PUDDING! Yes, there is a Bakewell Tart, but it’s the Bakewell Pudding that is actually famous. The famous pudding was made by accident when an inexperienced cook at the White Horse (now gone) misread his instructions in the 1860’s. He poured egg mixture over the jam instead of mixing it in the pastry and what should have been a tart...

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Bakewell Warnings and Dangers

  • Feeding The Ducks - Banned..

    Generations have enjoyed the seemingly innocent past time of 'feeding the ducks'. Parents taking their youngsters to the local pond or river, a few slices of white bread in a bag, to 'share' with the ducks - Not a large Wholemeal loaf as in the scene from 'About A Boy' ;-) Combined with a stroll, it was a way of introducing children to nature, and...

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  • Parking on a Monday

    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...

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Bakewell Off The Beaten Path

  • Hartington

    Hrtington is a small Peak Distrcit village south of Bakewell ( go through Monyash). A pleasant village to stop in and wander around and look at the ducks on the pond or have a cup of tea and a scone in one of several tea shops. There is a very good cheese shop with some unusual cheeses and an outdoor clothing shop that looked interesting if you...

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  • Amazing stone carvings

    The church is not exactly out of the way but it is up the hill, so some tourists may think 'seen one church seen them all'. The entrance to the church is what makes it so fascinating....stones piled on top of one another , some clearly sarcophogi. I haven't yet researched when they date from but they must be saxon or celtic and many have a key...

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  • Walking the Monsal Trail

    The Monsal Trail runs for some 15kms from near Bakewell to 5kms from Buxton. For the most part it follows the route of the old Midland Railway, although there are some deviations, owing to the stretches where the tunnels were. These have now been closed off for safety reasons.At Monsal head you will find one of the Peak Districts gems - the view...

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Bakewell Sports & Outdoors

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    by raquelitalarga Written May 4, 2008

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    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.

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