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The picture-perfect town of Bakewell

14.06.2022

Often referred to as the gem of the Peak District, Bakewell is a beautiful market town and major tourist attraction in Derbyshire. With visitors flocking from near and far to stay in this beauty hotspot, this is just one reason you should consider investing or living in Bakewell.

With only a handful of properties available to rent and the average sold price over the past year down 5% on the previous year (according to Rightmove), there really has never been a better time to consider investing this picture-postcard town.

Idyllically situated on the banks of the river Wye in the heart of the Peak District, Bakewell is perhaps best known for its delicious pudding, but the area has many more tempting treats to offer. From gardens and museums to quirky pubs and coffee shops, there are an abundance of delights to explore.

The towns architecture, featuring mellow stone buildings, quaint character cottages, wonderful old buildings and medieval five-arched stone bridge is one of the many reasons people come from afar to visit.

Running through the centre and meandering its way through the park, the river Wye is certainly one of the main features of Bakewell. With its bank of green wheeping willows, this is a quintessentially English scene - the perfect spot to sit back and take in the beautiful surroundings.

If this wasn’t enough to pique your interest, here are some of our favourite attractions in Bakewell that showcase why the area is so unsurprisingly popular.

Our top 5 attractions in Bakewell...

Visit the Peak District

Bakewell is often considered the ‘capital’ of the Peak District. The town is within the southern portion of the Peak District, known as the White Peak – a nod to the white limestone geology of the region.

Spanning 555 square miles, this treasured landscape of breath-taking natural beauty is the UK’s oldest national park. With a seemingly never-ending list of things to do – it’s no wonder this is one of the country’s most popular areas to visit.

From walking and climbing to caving and camping, avid adventurers will relish in the chance to discover everything the park has to offer and soak up its natural beauty.

Discover Chatsworth House

One of England’s most celebrated stately homes, Chatsworth House is the magnificent home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

Boasting a total of 30 rooms complete with elegant interiors, one of Europe’s most significant art collections and the fascinating stories of 16 generations of the Cavendish family, there is plenty to explore and learn.

Outside you will find the 105-acre garden - famous for its rich history, historic and modern waterworks and sculptures, maze and Victorian rock garden – there is something for everyone to discover.

Embark the Monsal Trail

The place to see some of the Peak District’s most spectacular limestone dales, the Monsal Trail runs along the former Midland Railway line for 8.5 miles.

Consisting of six railway tunnels at around 400 metres long each, the trail offers one of the most spectacular routes in the country for walking, cycling and horse riding.

As the Midland Railway Line closed back in 1968, members of the public are now able to experience the full length of the former railway route at their own pace and see the breath-taking views for themselves.

Admire Bakewell Bridge

A Grade I-listed monument dating back to medieval times, Bakewell Bridge is a 14th century five-arched bridge – one of the oldest of its kind in the country.

A marvel to look at, the bridge is built from ashlar sandstone and can be seen spanning the river Wye. Featuring Gothic pointed arches and cutwaters extending up the side, whether you’re a walker, cyclist, or photographer – the architecture is sure to impress.

You can wander south next to the river from the bridge, in an area which is thought to have some of the prettiest scenery in Bakewell.

Experience the area’s history

A Tudor dwelling set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District, this award-winning museum is in a 16th century tax collector’s cottage.

Built in the reign of Henry VIII back in 1536, the building was expanded into a gentleman’s residence in the Elizabethan period, before it was repurposed in the industrial revolution as mill workers’ cottages.

Rescued from demolition back in the 1950’s, The Old House is now a popular museum retaining decoration and architecture from Tudor to Victorian times. With its grand fireplaces, wooden beams, and other surviving features – there is a wealth of history here.

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