As Bakewell evolves these leafy companions quietly continue to brighten our passageways, line our streets, sustain Bakewell's wildlife and enhance our landscape.
The map is a suggested route with a selection of summer characters but, you're bound to meet many more elsewhere in the town. Feel free to greet these long standing residents of Bakewell by joining the trail wherever you like, there is no start or finish point.
Beside the benches, in a place to rest weary feet, two trees stand in the cobbled pavement. These share their green canopy and retain their leaves all year.
River Wye Bridge
The Wye rises on the hills above Buxton and flows to Rowsley where it joins the Derwent. The valley it forms at Bakewell marks a landform boundary, the area to the west of the river being limestone and to the east a gritstone ridge. The main, 14th century, bridge across the river has seen many changes over the years. On the town side are two large red horse-chestnuts, and a willow nestles below the bridge on the eastern bank. Downstream is a large island, a sanctuary for water birds, with all sorts of interesting specimens.
This meadow was given to the town in the early 1930's. Planting is a continuous process; two trees mark the National Tree Campaign in 1975. A poplar leans over a small weir in a contemplative place, and nearby felled logs provide seats, while their relatives close by slant away from each other, their bark deeply patterned. This is such a lovely place to relax and picnic in the summer, and to connect with the earth, beside the trees.
Riverside Gardens and River Wye
A weeping ash greets you upon entering the gardens, harking back to the Victorian designer, White Watson. There are fine conifers, especially the yew, and tufa stone walls and arch, in this peaceful space in Bakewell. The hawthorns have watched the new houses built over the past year. Their flowers hearten the fresh spring growth every year along the river. One has the company of a clinging elder.
The Duke of Rutland, when selling land in Bakewell, conveyed this area to the town in the early 1920's. In a beautiful bend in the river, past the cricket pavilion, the silver undersides of the poplar leaves shimmer in every gentle summer breeze. This is fast growing and, in tree terms, short lived. In a few hundred years the other slower growing trees around it will dominate the landscape. One of the few oaks in town stands next to the toilets. The striking line of limes in the park and along the A6 are just amazing in the Autumn.
Towards town, there are two low sentinels at the entrance to Dagnall Gardens. In Spring they create a soft pink cascade. Further along, the buildings form an alcove for a lone birch.
Granby Road Car Park
The young saplings in this area were planted in haste in Spring 1999, the night before Princess Anne opened the Library in Orme Court. They are related to the limes in the Recreation Ground but do not drip honey dew, like some of their cousins.
There are several weeping ash trees in Bakewell, this one gained a stone companion in the Spring of 1999.
All Saints Church
Looking from this platform of land over the town, is a distant view of Lady Manner's wood, cresting the hillside. This ground has supported a church since at least the 10th century but the present building mainly dates from a renovation in Victorian times. The hollies by Chantry House are immaculately shaped. And do you wonder why there is a house in North Church Street called 'The Limes'?
Many varieties have been planted in Bath Gardens, especially since the 1950's. A vigorous tree is the copper beech. The central tree in the town is the majestic hornbeam, next to the wishing well. A meeting place and a shelter from the rain. Ducks roost in the branches in the winter.
From the Bakewell Tree Trail website : www.bakewell-trees.org