White Peak Way
Total distance covered; 82 miles (132kms)
7 days walking based in Bakewell
Bakewell, our base for the White Peak Way, is the largest town to lie within the Peak District National Park and is often referred to as 'The Capital of the Peak'. It is located in the east of the region and sits on the bank of the River Wye. Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall are both located a short distance from the town.
A settlement on the site was established during Anglo-Saxon times, and by Norman times the Bakewell had a church (with two saxon crosses in the churchyard) and a motte and bailey castle. A market was established in 1254, and a weekly market (Monday) continues in The Square to this day. The town also has a regular cattle market on the agricultural showground. The medieval five-arched, stone-built bridge is much-photographed. Of course, Bakewell's greatest claim to fame is the Bakewell Pudding. It was, supposedly, created by mistake in the mid-19th century - a jam tart which went wrong! Nowadays Bakewell Pudding can be sampled in every bakery, café and tearoom in the town, and posted as a gift to virtually every part of the globe.
Bakewell offers all the services you would expect from a small rural market town, including a range of inns and restaurants serving food in the evenings. It has a number of shops where one can purchase the makings of a packed lunch - Bakewell Tart included!
The daily meeting point in Bakewell is outside the Tourist Information and National Park Visitor Centre in Bridge Street.
Accommodation; There is a variety of accommodation in Bakewell, including hotels, guesthouses, and self-catering cottages. Details can be found on the following websites:
Alternatively, an accommodation guide can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre in Bakewell, whose contact details are as follows:
Bakewell Tourist Information & National Park Visitor Centre, Old Market Hall, Bridge Street, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1DS
Telephone: 01629 816558
How to reach Bakewell by public transport. There are three railway stations within easy reach of Bakewell. They are Matlock (8 miles), Buxton (12 miles) and Chesterfield (14 miles). There are bus services from all three stations to Bakewell. The bus which links Matlock, Buxton and Bakewell originates in Derby placing that station within striking distance too. Bus timetables can be found on the following webpages:
General information on the area through which the White Peak Way passes can be found on the following website:
Day 1: Bakewell to Elton 10 miles (16kms)
Day 2: Elton to Ilam 13 miles (21kms)
Day 3: Ilam to Hartington 10 miles (16kms)
Day 4: Hartington to Miller’s Dale 13 miles (21kms)
Day 5: Miller’s Dale to Castleton 11 miles (18kms)
Day 6: Castleton to Hathersage 13 miles (21kms)
Day 7: Hathersage to Bakewell 12 miles (19kms)
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