Coulsden Cottage, Bakewell
Bakewell is often referred to as the capital of the Peak District. It is a beautiful, small market town situated on the River Wye which is crossed by a 13th century 5-arched bridge and the skyline is punctured by the tall spire of the All Saints Parish Church.
Bakewell is an active market town with livestock markets and a general market being held every Monday. Well Dressing and carnival events take place in the week up to the first Saturday in July and the Bakewell Show takes place on the first Wednesday and Thursday of August.
Bakewell has all the facilites you would expect with a wide range of shops, pubs, restaurants, banks, parks and gardens etc. all within a few minutes level walk of Coulsden Cottage.
Many visitors come to the Peak District for walking and Bakewell makes and ideal base with a wide range of footpaths accessable directly from the cottage and many more a short drive away. Many good routes can be found here. For example, Lathkill Dale (picture left) is only 10mins drive away, and Dovedale 20min.
The Peak District National Park became Britain's first National Park in 1951, many of the highlights of this wonderful area can be seen only a short distance from Bakewell. Below are a few examples:
Chatsworth is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, one of Britain's best loved stately homes. With famous works of art, a working farmyard, 100acres of beautiful landscape gardens and an award-winning farmshop it is a must see on a visit to the Peak District. It is only 10-15min drive away.
Only 5min drive from Bakewell is Haddon Hall. Haddon Hall is the finest example of a medieval manor house currently in existence in England. The oldest parts date from the 12th Century and it has been the location for a number of blockbuster films including Pride and Prejudice.
A bit further away - 30min drive but beautiful and spectacular. These man-made reservoirs were used as practice for the wartime Dambusters raids.
Visitors to this scenic area will find waymarked walks, cycle routes, glorious wooded areas to wander, wildlife, and plenty of places to enjoy a picnic. There is also a visitor centre from which cycles may be hired.
Castleton lies at the western end of the Hope Valley about 30min drive from Bakewell. There are four magnificent show caves - Peak Cavern, Speedwell Cavern, Treak Cliff Cavern and Blue John Mine as well as wonderful scenery and walks.