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Bakewell

Bakewell is often referred to as being the capital of the Peak District, the name believed to have derived from ‘Badeca’s Well’ or possibly ‘Badequella’ meaning ‘Bath Well.’ The town lies on the River Wye and the cross-roads of the A6 - which continues north to Buxton, Manchester and the Lake District - and the A619 to Baslow, laying way to the North Eastern Peak District, Sheffield and Chesterfield. The town is full of history and some wonderful old stone buildings and bridges – the Romans and the Saxons have all played a part in the construction.

The local church was founded in 920 and has been modified and rebuilt ever since, its last major work being done in the 1840s.
Bakewell is most famous for being the birthplace of the Bakewell Tart – which, technically, is a pudding. It was invented at the Rutland Arms Hotel (1859) which is worth a visit if for nothing more than to observe its interesting architecture. The recipe varies slightly from store to store, each claiming to have the original secrets – in any case, you can be sure it’ll taste good! Jane Austin stayed here in 1811 and the hotel makes an appearance in Pride and Prejudice.
This has been a market town for centuries, with the first market being recorded in 1254 and continuing up to now with a flourishing cattle market and stores every Monday.

There are lots and lots of lovely pubs and restaurants in the area – just off the river lie the Queen’s Arms and the Peacock Inn and nearby are the Wheatsheaf, The Castle Inn and Bridge House. Around the corner in the square are the Rutland Arms (mentioned above), the Red Lion and The Manners. Most of them offer interesting beers and ales other than your standard Carlsberg and Fosters, almost all of them offer meals and many of them offer accommodation. There are no less than 26 B&B establishments in the town.

Bakewell Primary School, St Anselm’s Primary School, Bakewell Methodist Junior School, Bakewell Infant’s School, Bakewell Church of England School as well as Adult Education Facilities are among the main educational facilities in the area.

Over 70 small businesses operate in Bakewell, many of them relying on tourist pounds but many others servicing the needs of the local population. There’s a large Co-Op supermarket and Boots nearby too.

The town is a thriving, bustling place that feels peaceful and safe. There’s always something nice to do and plenty of nice shops and pubs to visit.
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