Bakewell, Peak District

Things to do in Bakewell

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Use our guide to discover the best things to do in Bakewell

Littered with historic houses, a bustling outdoor market and resting on the doorstep of the Peak District National Park, there are so many great things to do in Bakewell.

What to do in Bakewell – Attractions

Bakewell is full to the brim with special attractions. Make full use of your time in the Peak District and explore some of the top things to do near Bakewell. Visit Haddon Hall, a prime example of a medieval fortified manor house, with parts dating back to the 12th and early 17th centuries, or Chatsworth House, a grand stately home that is steeped in history and surrounded by spectacular gardens. Both properties are key heritage locations and fantastic things to do in Bakewell.

Things to do in Bakewell – Activities

Are you wondering what to do in Bakewell? Avid ramblers can take a walk down one of the country’s most picturesque waterways, the Peak Forest Canal. The 15-mile route features beautiful wildlife and scenery, as well as the historic monuments of the Marple Aqueduct and Bugsworth Basin. Make sure to head to local eateries and sample the famous Bakewell tart.

Things to do near Bakewell

You will be spoilt for choice by the selection of superb things to do near Bakewell! Visit Ashbourne to see the beautiful Georgian buildings or venture to the picturesque town of Matlock. You can explore Buxton, which is steeped in history, whereas Holmfirth is an ideal place for nature and bike lovers. Wirksworth and Whaley Bridge are also popular Peak District destinations.

When it comes to more outdoors things to do near Bakewell, be sure to strap on those walking boots and embark on a hike! We recommend venturing down the 17-mile delight of the High Peak Trail or the scenic Monsal Trail.

Continue reading through our guide to discover more great things to do in Bakewell…

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  • Chatsworth House

    Chatsworth House

    Chatsworth House
    Derbyshire DE45 1PP

    The beautiful Chatsworth House and its lovely grounds are nestled in the heart of the Peak District on the east bank of the River Derwent, popular with visitors all year round.

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  • Haddon Hall

    The Estate Office Haddon Hall Bakewell DE45 1LA

    Recognised as Britain’s most romantic house and gardens, Haddon Hall is the family seat of the Dukes of Rutland and is situated by the River Wye near the town of Bakewell.

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  • High Peak Trail

    High Peak Trail Wirksworth Matlock DE4 4LS

    This 17-mile trail runs from Dowlow (near Buxton) to High Peak Junction (Cromford) and encompasses breath-taking Derbyshire countryside.

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  • Monsal Trail

    Monsal Trail Hassop Station DE45 1NW

    Explore intriguing tunnels and weave through magnificent limestone valleys on one of the most popular trails in the Peak District. The Monsal Trail is ideal for walkers, cyclists, wheelchair users, and horse riders alike.

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  • Whaley Bridge

    The Peak Forest Canal

    Reaching 15-miles in length from Whaley Bridge to Ashton-under-Lyne. Not just popular with boaters, the Peak Forest Canal also provides a much-loved scenic route for walkers who can view two Scheduled Ancient Monuments along the way, the Marple Aqueduct and the Bugsworth Basin.

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