Situated in the heart of the Peak District, Bakewell is a quaint little market town famous for the invention of the Bakewell pudding. Full of pretty gardens, museums, coffee shops and historical buildings, this little town is perfect for a fun day trip with your family or friends. Stroll along the riverbanks, visit some nearby villages, go fly-fishing, or try one of the famous puddings – there is plenty to do here. Here are some of our favourite attractions for your day out.
Built in the 11th century, this old medieval manor house is the former seat of the Dukes of Rutland. Apart from its impressive architecture, it is surrounded by beautiful gardens, which alone are worth the detour. The 16th-century walled gardens, divided into several individual terraces, have stunning view over the Peak District National Park, and perfectly frame the medieval manor house. Haddon Hall is a perfectly preserved example of medieval architecture. As it was unoccupied between the mid-17th century and the early 20th century, it managed to escape the typical restorations all other medieval halls went through during the Victorian and Edwardian periods.
Built in the late 10th century, this church is an excellent example of Anglo-Saxon religious architecture. The current church was built in the 12th century in Norman style, but carvings, crosses and coffins from the old church were found during restauration works. Restored and basically rebuilt during the 1840s, the church has still kept its old charm, and is definitely worth a visit.
Perfect for anyone interested in flora, these gardens are beautifully maintained and always full of stunning flower displays. If you’re looking to relax after a long day exploring, or if you fancy a walk in a romantic location, look no further.
Possibly the most famous aspect of this town is its pudding recipe: created by accident by a local cook, this pudding is now one England’s favourite treats. Three shops in town now claim to know the original recipe of the pudding, so why not try it at all three, and see which you prefer? Consisting of a flaky pastry base with a layer of jam, topped with an egg and almost paste filling, this dessert is simply a must-try. Having inspired another famous British treat – the Bakewell tart – its fame is certainly well-deserved.
It might have narrowly missed out in our Five of the Best Peak District Walks rundown, but the Monsal Trail is a perfect way to spend a day outdoors. Start off at Monsal Head for a spectacular view of the Headstone Viaduct in the valley and if you have plenty of time, take one of the trails down the hill looping around over the River Wyke and many of it’s little waterfalls before the climb back up towards the old railway tunnel. From here it’s a pleasant 4-mile walk, cycle or even horse ride along the old railway track to Bakewell – don’t worry there’s a café halfway giving you a welcomed pit stop to reenergise!