Bakewell is a picturesque historical market town in the heart of the Peak District National Park, Derbyshire famed for its Bakewell Puddings and Bakewell Tarts. There are several shops claiming to hold the 'original recipe' although I'd recommend The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop on the main road because of the quality of goods, friendly staff, 'traditional authenticity' of the place and the wonderful smell of baking that comes from it. So be sure to try at least one Bakewell pudding whilst you're here.

It is an immensely popular destination for weekend visits because of its beautiful Peak District location, and its "typical country town" feel.

Get in

Frequent buses from Sheffield, even at weekends. Easy access by car from Manchester, Sheffield and Chesterfield (town is on the A6) half way between Matlock and Buxton.

Get around

Compact town, completely walkable (church and museum up a hill).


A typical Peak District stone town, with the usual Church, Museum, Shops, River, Old Bridge.


Museum, Riverside walks, weekly market. Great base for a Peak District Walking weekend, with lovely walks all round (easy riverside, meandering field paths, gentle hill walking, or strenuous crag hopping). Bus to Rowseley for trip on "Peak Rail" steam train to Matlock


Usual "country" things: good outdoor shops, discount books, fresh food. Excellent shop specialising in Scotch Whisky. Take home an original "Bakewell pudding" or "Derbyshire oatcakes".


Excellent tea shops abound, several claiming to serve the genuine (or original etc.) Bakewell pudding.

Lots of pubs, some feel traditional, some a little more "mass market". Nearly all serve real ale. Plenty of choice, all central pubs and hotels do food.

Cafés & Coffee Shops

Diners, fast food etc.




Many B&B's in town, or in surrounding farms. Youth Hostel in town. Many pubs do accommodation.

Go next

Bakewell is the local centre, so has very good connections with local towns and villages (lots of small buses). It is situated in superbly beautiful limestone ("White Peak") scenery: green fields, stone walls, sheep, rounded hills topped by horizontal lines of limestone crags. Some of the best walking country in England, makes local places easily accessible on an afternoon stroll.

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