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Bakewell is a pleasant busy market town on the river Wye and I usually make this my base when taking a holiday in the Peak District.
The Domesday book records the town as 'Badequella', which means Bath-well. The town was built on the River Wye at a shallow section where it was fordable. In 924 the Anglo Saxon King, Edward the Elder ordered a fortified borough to be built here.
Bakewell has one of the oldest markets in the area, dating from at least 1300. The first recorded fair was held in 1254. Markets are still held every Monday in the town centre and there is a thriving livestock market.
There are many shops grouped around the market place which mainly cater to the thriving tourist trade, together with a very good Tourist Information Centre and Peak National Park Information Centre.
There are several Bakeries selling the world famous Bakewell Pudding, a jam and almond flavoured pastry. The original pudding was created by accident at the Coaching Inn in 1860 (now the Rutland Arms), when a strawberry tart went disastrously wrong !.
A picturesque feature of Bakewell is the much photographed 700 year old five arched bridge that spans the river Wye and further upstream is a narrow packhorse bridge.
All Saint's Church With it's unusual octagonal spire sits on rising ground and forms a backdrop to the town centre.
The town is situated centrally between Buxton, Chesterfield and Matlock and is ideally situated for exploring the Derbyshire Peak District.