If you have a sweet tooth, the village of Bakewell is an absolute must-visit. Famous for being the birthplace of the Bakewell tart, this prosperous town has plenty to offer when it comes to foodies – whether you like sweet treats or not!
Set in the heart of the Peak District, alongside the River Wye, Bakewell hosts several food markets throughout the week, including a popular farmers market, where you can try delicious local produce and buy tasty souvenirs to take home.
There are also plenty of independent shops to browse in, as well as art galleries and cafés. Be sure to visit Bakewell Old House Museum too, where you can view historical artefacts from the village’s past. Just past the museum is All Saints Church, which is also worth a visit – though, with its medieval arched bridge, stone houses, and pretty courtyards, the whole village is a joy to wander through.
If you’re thirsty, you can head to Thornbridge Brewery for some refreshments. Visitors can explore the tap room, take a tour of the brewery, and try some delicious craft beers.
Jane Austen fans should also try to visit the Rutland Arms Hotel, where the author stayed in 1804. Bakewell was in fact the inspiration for Lambton in Pride and Prejudice – and just a few miles outside the village is the grand estate of Chatsworth House, which was used as Pemberley, the home of Mr Darcy, in the 2005 Pride and Prejudice film. And of course, you can’t leave without popping into The Bakewell Tart Shop to sample an authentic tart!
To find out more about Bakewell, you might want to check out the village website – and to browse accommodation in the village, head over to Airbnb or Booking.com.