Bakewell, like near neighbour Ashford-in-the-Water, is a small town on the River Wye in central Peak District (south-west of Sheffield).
After exploring the town centre be sure to allow time to amble through the attractive public park and gardens alongside the river in Bakewell
The Chuch of All Saints in Bakewell, with its tall spire dominating the town from all directions, is very ancient - in part dating back to the early 10th century - although almost all of what we see today is of later origins: partly from a 13th century rebuilding and partly from a 19th century extensive renovation of the church.
There are two saxon crosses (possibly from the 9th century) in the churchyard, along with some other interesting artefacts (eg medieval graves), but note that the crosses were found nearby and brought to the church yard much more recently, and their exact origins are less clear.
Apart from the church and churchyard there are various other interesting buildings dating from the period between the middle ages and the 18th century to discover. Note particularly the medieval house containing the 'Old House Museum'; the old town hall; and Bagshaw Hall. The arched stone bridge over the river Wye also dates back to medieval times.
The weekly market in Bakewell is held on a Monday, and this is the most popular (and interesting) time for a visit to the town.
The town centre also has all facilities, banks, shops etc that you might need, along with a selection of cafes, restaurants and teashops etc.
Haddon Hall and Chatsworth House are among the popular attractions in the Peak District close to Bakewell.
One thing you will notice as you explore the town is the references to Bakewell Pudding and Bakewell Tart. The traditional bakewell pudding is a more simple, homemade affair with pastry and jam topped by almond paste, jam and an egg glaze, and is best enjoyed hot with custard. This pleasure is especially recommended after a brisk but chilly walk in the countryside near the town! More than one cafe in the town appears to claim to have the 'original' bakewell pudding. Try them both, see what you think...
Note, this pudding is not the same as the more widely known Bakewell Tart (but perhaps is behind the invention of the bakewell tart, which is similar but also an additional layer of almond cake on top).