BakewellPeak 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.
By busFrequent buses from Sheffield, Chesterfield, Derby and Manchester, although some of the services stop early in the evening. There's even a direct coach from London run by National Express.
By carEasy access from Manchester, Sheffield and Chesterfield (town is on the A6) half way between Matlock and Buxton as well as Nottingham, Derby and the Midlands.
Compact town, completely walkable (church and museum up a hill).
Haddon HallA lovely medieval hall, expanded piecemeal over the centuries to give very organic and lived-in feel.
Chatsworth HouseMassive and spectacular late-17th-century stately home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire (inspiration for Pemberley, apparently), open to public, pay for parking but with free access to surrounding area (flat riverside ambles, wooded hillside trails, famous fountain. Restaurants, at old stables, cafe at car park in grounds.
- Near Chatsworth in Pilsley is Chatsworth Farm Shop: plays heavily on noble connection: "Duke's cure bacon", "Duchy of Cornwall Biscuits" etc., etc. (Mrs Bucket would shop here) but also popular because of huge range of good fresh fruit, veg and meat, and some exotic stuff not so easy to obtain elsewhere (venison, boar, etc.). Includes a tea shop.
- Monsal Dale. A deep picturesque dale complete with the Monsal trail, a disused railway line providing easy walking, cycling and horse riding. Enjoy going through the old tunnel and exiting on the 70ft high viaduct over the River Wye.
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
phone: +44 1629 815107address: Wye House, Water Street
phone: +44 1629 814692address: Matlock Street
The Honey Bun Caféphone: +44 7530 353008address: 1 Water Street
phone: +44 1629 812193address: The Square
Upstairs Caféphone: +44 1629 815567address: 3 Market Street
Bywaysphone: +44 1629 812807address: Water Lanehas creaky wooden floors, wonky ceilings, and a very traditional tea shop feel.
Diners, fast food etc.
Wye Plaicephone: +44 1629 812727address: Granby RoadFish and Chip Shop
phone: +44 1629 812687address: Bath StreetFrench
phone: +44 1629 814336address: Bridge House, Bridge StreetIndian Restaurant
phone: +44 1629 812756address: Haddon Road
phone: +44 1629 814586address: Bridge Street
phone: +44 1629 812054address: The Square
The Wheatsheafphone: +44 1629 812985address: Bridge Street
phone: +44 1629 812812address: The SquareServes food
phone: +44 1629 813635address: Market Street
phone: +44 1629 812103address: Castle Street
address: Monyash Road BakewellOur eight Peak District self-catering cottages are converted farm buildings set in courtyard surrounded by spectacular rural landscape yet only 2 miles for the Peak District Market town of Bakewell
- Many, many nearby villages nearly all worth a trip by bus or car or on foot, and most have a pub or tea shop. Examples include Over Haddon, Monyash, Ashford in the Water and Youlgr(e)ave with two names.
- Matlock is 15 minutes by car, and there are also buses, and a steam train from Rowsley. Another Peak District town, a little less cute than Bakewell (preferred by some because of that), with usual shops and pubs and a pleasant riverside town park with a little lake (try lawn bowls – "Crown Green Bowling").
- Matlock Bath is just beyond Matlock. Strange "seaside" feel, almost as far inland as you can get in England, cable cars to hilltop caves and popular meeting place for motorcyclists at the weekend, worth visiting to see hundreds of bikes lined up along the main street.
- Cromford is a mile beyond Matlock Bath. A tiny town in a green setting, yet its main draw is "Arkwright's Mill" from the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, the first large factory (water-powered cotton spinning mill) in the modern world. Also the Cromford Canal is a lovely waterway in a very rural setting – but not yet reconnected to the English canal network, so few boats.