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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.
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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.
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.
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