Discover Bakewell, the capital of the Peak District National Park.

The pretty old market town of Bakewell sits on the banks of the River Wye. Famous for its agricultural show, weekly market and the Bakewell Pudding and Tart, it exudes an aura of relaxed gentility.

Bakewell’s narrow streets and charming stone houses contain an eclectic mix of shops. Hours can be spent wondering around the specialist food stores (including the original Bakewell Pudding Shop), interior design, homewares and antique shops and galleries.

There is much to do within Bakewell itself. The indoor swimming pool and the tennis courts are only minutes away from Gingerbread Cottage. The riverside path leads to a large park with playground. There are numerous restaurants, pubs and cafes.

You can stroll through the water-meadows and along the river to Haddon Hall, walk across the summer pastures to magnificent Chatsworth, or from Gingerbread Cottage’s front door to Lathkill Dale with its lovely old pub, cafe and craft centre with working artists.

Craft and antique fairs are regular events and the open-air market is a thriving weekly event. Special events such as the annual Bakewell and Chatsworth shows, Bakewell Food Festival, auctions and various cultural and gardening events occur throughout the year.

Golf and horse riding are both available locally, and bicycles can be hired nearby.


Local Attractions

Gingerbread Cottage is the ideal base for exploring unspoilt Derbyshire. Spectacular scenery, picturesque villages, historic houses and numerous walking, cycling and climbing opportunities have given the region the reputation it justly deserves.

To visit
  • Chatsworth Estate .... house, gardens, petting farm, adventure playground, shops, restaurants, see the Chatsworth website
  • Haddon Hall (the setting for Mr Rochester's house in the recent Jane Eyre film adaptation)
  • Hardwick Hall
  • Eyam Hall (in the village that survived the plague)
  • Peveril Castle
  • Castleton Caves
  • Lathkill Dale
  • Millers Dale
  • Dove Dale
  • The White Peak or Dark Peak
  • Kinderscout
  • Froggat Edge
  • Stanage Edge
  • Derwent Edge
  • Extensive road and mountain biking opportunities
  • The Tissington trail, a disused railway track, cycle hire available
  • Derwent, cycle hire available
Water sports
  • At Carsington Water (sailing, canoeing and wind surfing) For the young at heart
  • The American Adventure Theme Park
  • Gullivers Kingdom
  • Alton Towers 


  • Bakewell Food Festival, April
  • Bakewell Baking Festival, June
  • Hartingtons of Bakewell cookery courses, see Hartingtons Website