Fancy a little break from city life or are you visiting the UK from abroad? Then Bakewell might be what your looking for to experience the British countryside in a beautiful and historic market town, famous for the Bakewell pudding! So it goes without saying a visit to this town isn’t complete without tasting the delicious pudding and where else better to have it than at the oldest spot in town The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop
If like me you will want to taste the best of both… the Bakewell pudding AND the Bakewell tart and they go down a treat with custard or cream on the side.
Then if your feeling the carb over-load then what better way to put the energy to use by walking or cycling the Monsal Trail. A great trail with tunnels, stunning scenery and the Monsal Head viewpoint/ beauty spot is ahh-mazing! If your visiting in the autumn/ winter months then be sure to set off early on this trail or like me you will be walking back in the dark, although walking the trail under the moonlight was a beautiful blessing in disguise.
Public transport to the market town is cheap and it was also very reliable, the nearest train station’s are in larger neighbouring towns and from there you can catch a bus, the TP (Transpeak) from Buxton train station takes you roughly 20 minutes. Looking for a place to stay is pretty simple, if your planning in advance trip advisor and other search engines have plenty of choice but if your like me and leave making a reservation till last minute on the busiest autumnal weekend (Xmas markets began) you will have to look past the search engine sites and check out Visit Bakewell tourist websites then call around. I highly recommend the Wyeclose B&B for a homely, good-value and welcoming accommodation.
My tips for your visit to Bakewell:
- Don’t forget your thermals, the Monsal Trail can get nippy in autumn/ winter especially.
- Bring a love lock. Where doesn’t have a bridge hoarded with padlocks nowadays ?!
- Rent a bike if your eager to complete the trail, unless you speed walk and don’t stop for photo’s often.
- Check out the dates for the cattle and farmers market to truly get a feel for this little town.
- Restaurants don’t stay open late, so take this into consideration if your going to be back late from the trail.
(P.s. Bakewell has plenty more to offer from… museums to stately homes.)
Enjoy your visit, eat some warming and hearty english meals and embrace the natural beauty surrounding this town.
Au revoir X.