Many people visit Bakewell throughout the year to enjoy the wonderful Peak District scenery, local crafts, tea shops and riverside walks. Well dressings around the town, Carnival Week, The Arts Festival and Bakewell Show are popular Summer events.
The golf course, swimming pool and large recreation ground provide facilities for the sporting type all year round.
Bakewell is the largest town in the Peak District National Park, having one of the oldest markets (on Mondays) in the area, dating from at least 1300. The name relates to the local warm springs, and the Doomsday Book entry - Badequella - means Bath-well.
There is evidence of habitation in the surrounding countryside since Neolithic times, but the Saxons were first to develop the town, and in 924 Edward the Elder ordered a fortification to be built here. The church was founded four years earlier, and although parts are Norman, it was virtually rebuilt in the 1840's.
Little except the bridge across the River Wye (built around 1300) now survives of the old Bakewell.
In 1777, Richard Arkwright opened Lumford mill, and it was perhaps the resulting prosperity which caused the town to be largely rebuilt in the 19th Century. One such building is the Rutland Arms, dating from 1804. Jane Austen stayed here in 1811, and the town features in Pride and Prejudice.
The Old House museum (open in the summer months) has displays of local history and culture.
Bakewell is known worldwide for the Bakewell Pudding (Yum!), first produced in 1859 by mistake in the kitchens of the Rutland Arms. You can buy Bakewell Puddings at several establishments in the town, or online at Bakewell Pudding Shop.
For more local information, see the Bakewell Links page.