Bakewell is a picturesque historical market town in the heart of the Peak District National Park, Derbyshire famed for its Bakewell Puddings, Bakewell Tarts, and Mr Kipling's Cherry Bakewells. (The latter being only inspired by Bakewell rather than made in Bakewell) There are several shops claiming to hold the 'original recipe' although I'd recommend The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop on the main road because of the quality of goods, friendly staff, 'traditional authenticity' of the place and the wonderful smell of baking that comes from it. So be sure to try at least one Bakewell pudding whilst you're here.
It is an immensely popular destination for weekend visits because of its beautiful Peak District location, and its "typical country town" feel.
Frequent buses from Sheffield, even at weekends. Bus 218 departs from Sheffield Interchange every hour at half-past the hour and takes about 45 minutes to reach Bake well.
Easy access by car from Manchester, Sheffield and Chesterfield (town is on the A6) half way between Matlock and Buxton. There are 2 short stay car parks in the centre of town but it's much easier to park over the river either at the Bakewell Showground or Smith's Island Car Parks, both of which are very close to the town centre with connecting footbridges over the river.
Cycling is very popular along the A6 and on the Monsal Trail. You can lock up bicycles outside Boots, opposite the Police Station or next to the Swimming Pool.
Compact town, completeley walkable (church and museum up a hill).
A typical Peak District stone town, with the usual Church, Old House Museum , Shops, River, Old Bridge.
Museum, Riverside walks, weekly market. Great base for a Peak District Walking weekend, with lovely walks all round (easy riverside, meandering field paths, gentle hill walking, or strenuous crag hopping). Bus to Rowseley for trip on "Peak Rail" steam train to Matlock
Usual "country" things: good outdoor shops, discount books, fresh food. Excellent shop specialising in Scotch Whisky Take home an original "Bakewell pudding" or "Derbyshire oatcakes".
Eat & Drink
Excellent tea shops abound, several claiming to serve the genuine (or original etc) Bakewell pudding. "Byways" is through an undistinguished door and up a flight of stairs, but has creaky wooden floors, wonky ceilings, and a very traditional tea shop feel. Lots of pubs, all central ones do food. Classier type of "Indian" restaurant upstairs by market square.
Lots of pubs, some feel traditional, some a little more "mass market". Nearly all serve real ale. Plenty of choice.
Cafés & Coffee Shops
Diners, fast food etc.
Pubs & Bars
Many B&B's in town, or in surrounding farms. Youth Hostel in town. Many pubs do accommodation. Very "Jane Austen-y" Georgian hotel in centre of town (Rutland Arms?).
[Bakewell]Bakewell derbyshire is the local centre, so has very good connections with local towns and villages (lots of small buses). It is situated in superbly beautiful limestone ("White Peak") scenery: green fields, stone walls, sheep, rounded hills topped by horizontal lines of limestone crags. Some of the best walking country in England, makes local places easily accessible on an afternoon stroll.