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Bakewell Travel Guide: 78 reviews and 231 photos
Situated on the banks of the River Wye (one of Englands finest trout rivers) and surrounded by the stunning scenery of Derbyshires dales and White Peak, Bakewell is ideally located.
The weekly market on Mondays, and the busy livestock market attract crowds of local farmers, residents, and visitors from near and wide.
The first Wednesday and Thursday of August sees Bakewell swamped with even more visitors, as this is when the annual Bakewell Show is held.
Over 2 million people visit Bakewell each year.
Bakewell has been an important Market town since late Saxon times, drawing traders from the many Peakland villages and hamlets.
The first recorded fair was in 1254
Records show that warm and cold springs bubbled through the River Wyes meadows, and although this didn't appear to attract Roman settlers (as those of nearby Buxton), the settlement was named Badecan Wiellon ( The springs or wells of one called Badeca). However there is a Roman altar at nearby Haddon Hall
Gradually the settlement expanded, mainly around the church (Saxon evidence can still be seen today in the sculptures). A military camp was set up to protect the area from 'marauding Danes'
Edward the Confessor, proclaimed the area a royal hunting forest.
The Domesday book in 1086AD refers to Badequella, with its manor (a church, lead mine and 200 inhabitants)
being posessed by William the Conqueror.
By the 13th century a fine stone bridge comprising 5 arches spanned the villages ford.
The Peaklands wool traders brought further prosperity to the expanding town.
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- Pros:A typical Derbyshire market town. Scenic. Historic.
- Cons:Can get busy Saturday - Monday especially with traffic jams and crowds
- In a nutshell:A Good base for exploring the Peak National Park
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