The Derbyshire market town of Bakewell is the perfect retreat for those wishing to escape their busy everyday lives. Nestled in the heart of the Peak District, the characterful town features cobbled streets, old fashioned tea rooms and great pubs. The River Wye runs through the town and the relaxing trickle of water with ducks walking on the footpath helps you feel a million miles away from the normal drudgery of life.
When I visited, the town was bustling with tourists who had come for the Bakewell Show. The annual event attracts thousands of spectators and includes horses, sheep, amusements and stalls for people of all ages. If you visit, the aptly named, Bakewell Fish and Chips is a must for the traditional British meal. The service is friendly and it is the best takeaway meal I have ever had.
However if you would prefer a more sophisticated dining experience, Bakewell is not short of places. The Wheatshef, Piedaniels and H’s Wine Bar are just a few of the town’s restaurants. In particular, The Peacock is excellent. As part of a dinner party of seven I can say on behalf of everyone that our meals where terrific. From portion sizes to presentation The Peacock could not be faulted.
Bakewell’s charms are in abundance, with its attractive courtyards, independent shops and a market held every Monday, it’s easy to see why it is such a popular tourist destination.
Bakewell provides an excellent point to travel from. Chatsworth House is less than five miles away. The nearby towns and villages of Matlock and Ashford-in-the-water provides a glimpse of the untouched beauty of the Peak District. Manchester is only an hour and fifteen minutes away and local attractions include The Heights of Abraham, Alton Towers and Poole’s Cavern. I could go on and on but there is one word to describe Bakewell and that is perfect. I cannot fault the beautiful town and all that comes with it. I believe it is an excellent holiday destination and if the British weather holds up it provides all that is needed for an escape.