Bakewell & Derbyshire

Bakewell is situated on the banks of the River Wye, sandwiched between Matlock and Buxton, Derbyshire, on the A6 trunk road.
It is in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Famous for the Monday market which has been around for over 170 years, which is open every Monday including bank holidays.

Bakewell is an ideal centre for exploring the Peak District or for a walking or cycling holiday. Monsal Head is close by, with its famous viaduct and view over the Wye Valley. Bakewell today is a thriving market town which is steeped in history and surrounded by spectacular countryside yet easily accessible by road, rail and air.

Local places of interest

Overlooking the River Wye, Haddon Hall is one of England’s finest surviving houses from the middle ages. This beautiful house is the home of Lord Edward Manners and has belonged to his family for over 800 years. Beauty and heritage combine to make a visit here a rewarding experience.

Your stay in Derbyshire is not complete until you have seen Chatsworth House, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. One of Europe’s finest private art collections and a family history spanning 450 years make this one of Britain’s favourite attractions. Chatsworth was the location for the film production of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley. With so much to see, a visit to Chatsworth is a must see, as are the historic and lively towns of Matlock and Buxton, which are all in easy reach of Bakewell.

Close by to Bakewell is Castleton, famous for its spectacular medieval castle, and its caverns for Blue John stone. The area contains some of the country’s finest historic houses, all of which are with easy reach of Bakewell – Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Hardwick Hall and Lyme Hall are most famous.

The Peak District is renowned for its walking, whether it be easy routes along nearby Monsal Dale or long treks across the peat moors of Kinder Scout. Cycling is also popular, especially on the converted former railways such as the Tissington Trail. Fishing, riding and golf are all available locally.

As the Peak District’s largest town, Bakewell is well placed as a base for numerous beauty spots and tourist attractions including:

Local Attractions

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire is set in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire, on the banks of the river Derwent.
Monsal Trail

After a £2m restoration scheme, the Monsal Trail an 81/2 mile stretch of railway line between Bakewell and Blackwell Junction near Buxton, is now open again after over 40 years. Tunnels, blocked up since the 1960’s have been opened up, lighting installed and the route resurfaced suitable for bicycles.
Ladybower Reservoir

Ladybower Reservoir is a large ‘Y’ shaped reservoir, the lowest of the three in the Upper Derwent Valley. It was built between 1935 – 1943 and then took a further two years to fill it. The villages of Derwent and Ashopton had to be flooded to create this reservoir and the inhabitants were relocated to Yorkshire Bridge estate, just downstream of Ladybower Dam.
Castleton & The Peak Caverns

Castleton is one of the most beautiful villages in the Peak District. It has an array of natural and historical features both above and below ground, and is surrounded by superb walking country. Whatever the weather Castleton has something to offer everyone. High above the village stand the imposing ruins of Peveril Castle. To the west of Castleton lies Mam Tor, locally known as the shivering mountain.
Bakewell’s Monday Market

The largest market in the Derbyshire Dales, Bakewell stall market occupies two sites and has 162 regular stalls. The stall market dates from the 1920’s. The market has a wide variety of goods including clothes, bed linen, shoes, fruit & veg, freshly baked bread, flowers, jewellery, wool, toys and hot food stands.
Peak Shopping Village

Peak Shopping Village is the perfect destination for groups because of its unique location, great shopping and ample FREE coach parking. Groups can enjoy up to a 3 hour stay and browse 20 named retailers in a pleasant and relaxed environment.
Thornbridge Brewery Tour

The first Thornbridge craft beers were produced in February 2005 in the 10 barrel brewery, housed in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall. The range of cask and bottled beers has won more than 60 CAMRA and SIBA awards.
Matlock, Heights of Abraham Cable Car

Return cable car ride to the summit, two show caverns to explore, exhibitions, picnic and play areas, great places to eat and drink, stunning views and much more….
Carsington Water

Carsington Water has everything you need for a great day out – and best of all most facilities are free! On site shops cater for everybody, these include our new outdoor clothes shop ‘Water Rail’. The Gallery Cafe for quick snacks, Main Sail Restaurant and barbecuing.
Crich Tram & Rail Museum

Journey back in time and enjoy a nostalgic steam or diesel train ride on one of Derbyshire’s preserved heritage railways or take an historic tram ride through time at Crich Tramway Village, home of The National Tramway Museum – an ideal destination for all ages.
Tissington Cycle Trail

The Tissington Trail runs for 13 miles from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay where it is joined by High Peak Junction. The High Peak and Tissington Trails were formerly the Cromford and High Peak and the Ashbourne to Buxton railway lines. You can walk, cycle or ride a horse on the trails all year round.
Peak Railway

Journey back in time and enjoy a nostalgic train ride on our preserved railway operating between Matlock and Rowsley South Stations. Steam services operate throughout the year together with a host of various special events.


Walking & Cycling Routes

The Peak District and Derbyshire is one of the UK’s most popular walking destinations.  Find Peak District walks in landscapes that are spectacular, with many traffic-free trails and routes that you can follow.  There is something for everyone.
Amazing Climbing & Caving

Gritstone faces such as Windgather Rocks, Stanage Edge and The Roaches offer plenty ofscope to live life on the edge!
Fly Fishing on the River Wye

The River Wye is a limestone river in the Peak District of Derbyshire, England. It is 15 miles (24 km) in length, and is one of the major tributaries of the River Derwent, which flows into the River Trent, and ultimately into the Humber and the North Sea.
Alton Towers Theme Park

The Alton Towers Resort Theme Park has an amazing selection of thrill rides and family attractions. Head deep underground and experience the terrifying Nemesis Sub-Terra. Enter X-Sector for Oblivion and Submission. Explore Forbidden Valley for Nemesis, Air and Ripsaw or stop off for the unforgettable speed of Rita.
Gulliver’s Kingdom Theme Park

Giant adventures for little people! Discover a beautiful family-run theme park that is perfect for younger children. We have over 60 rides and attractions including play areas especially for toddlers. There really is something for everyone at Gulliver’s Kingdom. Take a ride on the giant waterslide or hop aboard the pirate ship.
Go Ape

The classic Go Ape experience. Fly down zip-wires, leap off our Tarzan Swing and tackle our crossings whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.

Bakewell Events 2015/2016

November 2015
Christmas Market Weekend 28th/29th

A Quintessential English Christmas Market, Bring your friends and family to the beautiful Peak District town of Bakewell and enjoy a weekend of seasonal entertainment. This quintessential English Christmas Market will feature some traders from the popular Bakewell Monday Market alongside a mouth-watering selection of speciality festive foods and wines from the Peak District, arts and crafts, gifts for all the family and much more. There will be family entertainment during the weekend and at dusk on the Saturday the Christmas tree will be switched on in Bath Gardens.
9.00 until 6.00 on Saturday 28 November 2015
9.00 until 5.00 on Sunday 29 November 2015
June 2016
l’eroica Britania 2016

As named as ‘One of the Best Value Family Festivals in the UK’ by Visit England. The iconic 3 day Summertime life, style and cycling festival Eroica Britannia returns to Bakewell for a third. Known as ‘The Most Handsome Festival in the World’ and celebrating the very best of Great British.
July 2016
Bakewell Carnival

Well dressing week comes to a climax at the beginning of July with the town’s annual gala. This starts with a procession of floats and bands through the main streets and culminates with a fete in the Recreations Ground. Other events include racing everything from Jack Russell dogs to rafts and even wheelbarrows, which are pushed around a circuit of the town’s pubs.
August 2016
Bakewell Show

The town is famous for its annual agricultural and horticultural show – the largest tented event of its kind in the UK – which celebrated its 180th anniversary in 2010. Staged on its own 32-acre showground in the rown centre, the event attracts around 60,000 people on the first Wednesday and Thursday of every August. There are hundreds of competitive classes for cattle, sheep, dogs, goats, pigeons, poultry, floral art, horticulture and crafts. Other attractions include fairground rides, bands, centre ring entertainment, a food hall and a shopper’s paradise among the dozens of specialist trade stands.