"Bakewell, home of the pudding! (NOT the tart!!)" Top 5 Page for this destination Bakewell by suvanki

Bakewell Travel Guide: 79 reviews and 234 photos

Bakewell today-

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.

The ancient capital of The Peak!

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.

To be continued.........

Pros and Cons
  • 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
  • Last visit to Bakewell: Oct 2014
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Gillybob's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    All because the lady loves - Bakewell Pudding!!! :-D

    • Gillybob's Profile Photo
      Sep 15, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      One sixth now. I have good self-control when it comes to yumminess - I have to or there wouldn't be yumminess for another day. ;-)

    • suvanki's Profile Photo
      Sep 15, 2013 at 1:06 PM


  • wabat's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    Great tips sue. Do you know where the tarts originate from?

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2013 at 4:43 AM

    Those are great dishes to try....Thanks for sharing!)

    • suvanki's Profile Photo
      Sep 8, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      Hi Victor! Thanks for visiting my Bakewell page and for your kind comment. Appreciated as always!

  • spidermiss's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Love the Bakewell tips! Planning on going at the end of June and looking forward to the Bakewell pudding! Dawnx

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2008 at 8:00 AM

    Thanks, enjoyed this glimpse into Derbyshire. Don't know this area at all.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2007 at 1:50 AM

    I had thought Bakewell was all about the Bakewell tart ...Now i know all about the Bakewell pudding! whats the story about the bakewell tart....!

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2006 at 8:34 AM

    So they bake well in Bakewell. Sounds like my kind of place.

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2006 at 9:13 PM

    Just love those gorgeous pix Sue. We're looking for a place to stay overnight half way between Glasgow and Sussex and seems I've found it! Thanx!! Cheers, Ann :o)

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2006 at 3:10 PM

    And to think I nearly made it. We were just up the road at Dethick. Still, we managed about 4 lots of tarts and puddings in the area. Thank you for sharing.

  • nhcram's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2005 at 12:52 PM

    Have only tried the commercial stuff so must get to htis lovely place. Thanks for sharing x


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