So, you’ve got one day in Bakewell- what do you do?
Let’s start with a morning walk along the River Wye, which can begin from either left or right of the medieval five arched stone bridge which sits just outside the main highstreet. If, when facing the road out of Bakewell you take the gate to your left, you can walk along the Wye and enjoy weirs, walk back and across the bridge which is the more popular route.
Along the river Wye you can easily see the Rainbow Trout relaxing in their home as the waters are so perfectly clear! You can also see the ducks and further along the river is the Wye Bridge, where some very romantic people have started to put their everlasting ‘lovelocks’!
If you visit Bakewell on a Monday you’ll see Bakewell Market, filling the town with hustle, bustle and some great local produce. The town is also known for it’s great selection of unique shops, where you can browse the shabby chic trinkets, books and local cheese ‘til your heart’s content!
If you’re coming to Bakewell on a family outing, there’s a great place called ‘Baked Well Pottery Painting’, which lets you paint a pot (or mug or dragon) and is a great family-friendly activity that everyone can enjoy.
Another must-see place in Bakewell is the local church. All Saint’s Church is home to some very interesting relics, such an impressive stone cross from the 9th century and some ancient stone coffins in the churchyard.
When you start to get peckish, there are some brilliant places to eat in Bakewell. One of the most famous has to be the Original Bakewell Pudding Shop, which of course serves the dish with the secret recipe, the Bakewell Pudding (here you’ll learn just how different the pudding is to the tart)! Another gem of Bakewell is the slightly hidden Lavender Tea Rooms. Located in a beautiful courtyard in the centre of Bakewell (the address is 6 Hebden Court, Matlock Street), this traditional tea room serves one of the best Afternoon Teas around! They also have an extensive lunch menu, which includes their speciality Derbyshire Rarebit- food is always fresh and served until 2:30pm.
In the afternoon why not visit the Old House Museum, located in the centre of Bakewell this is one of the town’s oldest buildings. First inhabited during the reign of Henry VIII as a tax collector's cottage, it went on to be used to house mill workers during the Industrial revolution. Now a fascinating museum with artefacts donated mostly by locals, it’s a great place to visit to get a taste of the quirky local history!
A fine way to end a day in Bakewell is to hop over to Monsal Head to see the sunset over the Wye Valley. Just three miles away, the Monsal Head Hotel offers Pay & Display parking and is a great viewpoint with the viaduct and Monsal Dale below. The Monsal Head Hotel also offers delicious food for dinner, including the much-loved Chocolate Nemesis with honeycomb ice cream!
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