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As the Peak District’s only town, and famous for its charm and delightful puddings and tarts, Bakewell is set to the backdrop of stunning Derbyshire countryside. Walks around Bakewell take you into spectacular dales, amongst rich cultural heritage and into the shadow of atmospheric gritstone edges.

Experience the scenic limestone valleys of the White Peak as your stroll along the many trails and footpaths that explore the tranquil banks of the Wye and Derwent rivers. Natural beauty abounds and there are many glorious viewpoints to discover. The gritstone edges of the Dark Peak are only a stone’s throw away. Discover the crags that are the training ground for the world’s best climbers.

Hikes around Bakewell get you up close to magnificent architecture. Medieval bridges, towering viaducts, quaint cottages and grand stately homes all await exploration. Once you’ve removed those hiking boots, the many cafes, tea rooms and cosy pubs offer friendly hospitality and hard-earned refreshment.


Top 20 best walks and hikes around Bakewell

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    Intermediate
    01:37
    3.73 mi
    2.3 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    03:38
    8.38 mi
    2.3 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    03:06
    6.52 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Difficult
    05:53
    13.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,325 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    04:15
    9.56 mi
    2.2 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    03:10
    7.27 mi
    2.3 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    05:53
    12.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,525 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    04:37
    10.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    03:28
    8.08 mi
    2.3 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    03:50
    8.95 mi
    2.3 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    02:13
    4.87 mi
    2.2 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    03:15
    6.76 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    05:23
    12.0 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Difficult
    05:12
    11.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:28
    5.44 mi
    2.2 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Easy
    01:44
    4.13 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:39
    6.09 mi
    2.3 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    02:31
    5.84 mi
    2.3 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Easy
    01:52
    4.38 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:23
    5.29 mi
    2.2 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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Etched limestone river valleys

The river valleys carved from the limestone of the White Peak make for some stupendous scenery. Here caves, dry valleys and dramatic gorges can be found in abundance. Some of the best hiking trails around Bakewell explore the path etched out by the River Wye and the charming villages on its banks.

The 8.5 mile (14 km) Monsal Trail begins just outside Bakewell. Built along the path of a disused railway line and roughly following the course of the River Wye, it visits many highlights of the region. Experience Monsal Head, a viewpoint that some say is the finest in the Peak District. It looks across the verdant Wye Valley and the grandeur of the 19th century Headstone Viaduct.

There are so many secluded, tranquil dales to discover in this part of the Peak District, each with their own special character. Hundreds of miles of footpaths and byways allow you to find your own adventure in this beautiful region.

Rural splendour and grand manors

Walks around Bakewell can take you along the River Derwent to the luxurious grounds of Chatsworth House or you can follow the Wye’s journey downstream to grand Haddon Hall. Both offer marvellous grounds surrounded by delectable landscapes.

Often cited as the gem of the Derbyshire countryside, Chatsworth is the historic home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Discover the rich heritage and grounds before exploring the wider estate, which boasts woods to wander in, extravagant water features to marvel at and grand vistas of the Peak District. Afterwards, experience nearby Edensor, a picture-perfect English countryside village with a quaint village green and gorgeous mock Tudor houses and Swiss cottages.

Exploring icons of the Peak District

Some of the finest hikes around Bakewell explore the gritstone edges of the northern Peak District. The nearby edges of Curbar and Baslow are beguiling places to ramble, the escarpment rising above the Derwent Valley in a wave of jumbled dark rock. Discover extensive vistas from the crest of the scarp or explore the nooks and crannies of the cliff faces up close – the choice is yours.

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