Bakewell is the only market town within the Peak District National Park boundary and its attractive courtyards, independent shops, cafés and its location on the River Wye make it a hugely popular destination for tourists to the Peak District.
Named after Badeca's well, indicating the importance of the springs, Bakewell almost became a spa town. However, the temperature of the water would always have been against the town's development as a spa – at only 11ºC/52ºF, it was less then half the temperature of the spring at neighbouring Buxton!
You can see the tufa rock formed by the spring water in the walls of the porch in front of the building.
Bakewell is best known for a confection made by mistake. In the 19th century a cook at the Rutland Arms was baking a jam tart but misunderstood the recipe and so Bakewell Pudding was created. Now almost every visitor to the town samples this culinary delight.
The fine spire of All Saints Church looks down on the town, where there are some grand old houses, notably the Market Hall, The Old Town Hall and the Almshouses on South Church Street. The ancient five arched bridge is much painted by artists, upstream from this is the ancient packhorse bridge near Holme Hall.
New buildings in the 1990's have generated much interest, including the Agricultural Business Centre, which replaced the old cattle market that dominated the centre of the town for over 600 years.
Getting to Bakewell
Route 170 Daily, Hourly
Route 171/172 Monday to Saturday, 2 hourly
Route 173 Monday to Sunday, 2 hourly
Route 177 Monday to Saturday, 1 journey per day
Route 275 Monday to Saturday, 2 hourly
Derwent Garage, Calver Road,
Baslow, Bakewell DE45 1RP
T: 01246 582246