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THE OLD HOUSE
Old House Museum is well worth seeking out, it is one of the best-preserved 15th century houses in the
country. It has been restored to its
former glory by the Bakewell Historical Society and is now a fascinating
An independent profile of Derbyshire and the Peak National
The White Peak is an
area well known for its distinctive dry stone walls, beautiful
dales and picture post card villages. The section covered
by this feature is stunningly attractive, with the busy market
town and tourist hotspot of Bakewell at the centre.
Set in an enviable location on the
banks of the River Wye, in the heart of the Peak District, is the
picturesque old market town of Bakewell. Since 1951, the administrative
centre for the Peak District National Park.
Visitors flock to Bakewell in the
summer, to shop and explore its many nooks and cranies, to admire its fine
buildings, or just relax and feed the ducks by the lovely, clear, sparkling
waters of the River Wye. There is more space in the winter, but on a sunny
day even, that is limited.
It was at the Rutland Arms, in
about 1860, where the hotel cook misunderstood her instructions and produced
the world famous Bakewell Pudding not ‘tart’, as some mistakenly call it
nowadays. Instead of stirring the egg mixture into
the pastry, she spread it on top of the jam, which has to this day proved to
be a stroke of genius in creating name awareness for the town. Today you can
sample this wonderful delicacy at the Bakewell Pudding Shop.
Dale is a tiny hamlet, set in the heart of the Peak District, sharing its
name with the dale in which it lies. It was once a major junction on the
Midland Railway Line, and Millers Dale was one of the largest stations
on the line.
The scenery in this part of the Wye
Valley is magnificent, with the impressive Ravenstor Cliff only a short
distance down the road, on the route to the once infamous Litton Mill.
The richness of flora and fauna along the dale sides has resulted in the
area being designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has several nature reserves in the area
popular trail follows a disused railway line that has been converted into a track for
walkers, cyclists and horse riders. It runs for eight and a half miles from Coombs Road Viaduct, one
mile southeast of Bakewell to the head of Chee Dale, about three miles east
route follows the deep limestone valley of the River Wye through
breathtaking countryside. But not without diversions, to avoid tunnels, one of which occurs
on the way from Great Longstone to Monsal Head, where there is a
Perhaps the most perfect example of a medieval manor house in the
country. The gardens are a delight and believed to be the most romantic in
Britain, being the setting for the elopement of Dorothy Vernon and John
It has been the location for several major feature films and TV dramas
over the years. In recent
times the hall was used as Mr Rochester's home, Thornfield, in the BBC's
adaptation of Jane Eyre.
Magpie Mine stands one third
of a mile south of the village of Sheldon, from where it can be seen
standing darkly silhouetted against the skyline. Tragically, in 1833, three
Red Soil miners were suffocated to death by a fire lit by the
Magpie miners. Following a year in prison and
a lengthy court case at Derby Assizes, five Magpie miners were acquitted of
the charge of murder owing to conflicting evidence and the lack of intent.
The three widows of the Red Soil miners reputedly put a curse on the mine
and supposedly a ghost was seen there in 1946.
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Bakewell Tourist Information Centre
located in the
Old Market Hall, an impressive building that dates back to the 17th
century. Goods produced
by members of the Peak Products organisation are attractively displayed for
purchase. In addition, if you want something a little different, you can
send a postcard to the future as well as acting as landscape detective!
2. Aldern House
(Tel. 01629 816200)
became the administrative centre in 1951,
when the Peak was the first of the national parks to be set up
in England and Wales. From its offices, it controls an area
of 542 square miles and covers Staffordshire, Cheshire, West and South
Yorkshire and Greater Manchester as well as Derbyshire.
connection with agriculture is emphasised every August when the town
hosts the largest
tented agricultural event in the UK,
Bakewell Show, also
one of the oldest
often known as the 'Little Royal'.
The two-day event
around 65,000 visitors to the showground, which is sited in a beautiful
location close to the banks of the River Wye.
Pancake Races on Shrove Tuesday are still very popular as are the
Flagg Point-to-Point Races, held the first Tuesday after Easter.
Many other events are held throughout the year
details of which can be obtained from
Tourist Information Centre.
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attractive countryside in the UK.
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