The Peak District - Guide to Bakewell
When you visit the Peak District, you are never far from interesting and beautiful places to visit. Bakewell in Derbyshire is just a thirty two minute drive from Ashbourne, and is definitely worth the trip. It is a wonderful day out, and has something for all the family. Bakewell is very popular for visitors on weekend breaks in the Peak District, as you can spend one day there are get so much out of it.
As you can probably tell by the name, Bakewell is famous for its delicious delicacy: the Bakewell Tart. The Bakewell Tart is a shortcrust pastry case filled with a layer of jam and an almond sponge filling. It may also be covered with icing. The tale often told about the origin of the Bakewell Tart is that it was first made in 1820 when the landlady of the White Horse Inn, now the Rutland Arms, accidentally spread the eggs and almond paste mixture on top of the jam instead of mixing it into the pastry like she should have done, as she was attempting to make a jam tart. Bakewell boasts several different shops and cafes which serve this local delicacy, and eating it is both delicious and historically interesting!
Bakewell is situated on the River Wye, which is perfect for fishing, if this is what you enjoy. There are three types of fish in the River. They are the Brown trout, the Grayling and the Rainbow trout. You can get fishing permits for the river at Monsal Dale. Fly fishing in Derbyshire is extremely popular, and the town of Bakewell is no exception to this.
For those who prefer walking, you can access the Monsail Trail from Bakewell. This trail follows the old track bed of the Midland railway between Bakewell and Buxton. Walking or cycling along the trail, you can see amazing views of the Wye Valley and Bakewell. Walking in the Peak District never disappoints, and this particular trail definitely will not disappoint.
However you wish to spend your day, whether it is shopping, eating, walking, fishing or just relaxing, Bakewell is perfect for a day out. It is very accessible and there are car parks close to the centre, so it can be a leisurely day out for all the family.
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