Image: Bakewell Church.

There are a number of short walks near Bakewell. Bakewell is one of the key towns in the Peak District. From here, you can head out conveniently to all other parts of the National Park. The town itself has everything the visitor could need. There is a supermarket, shops selling local produce, craft shops, outdoor shops, cafes, tea rooms, pubs restaurants and a couple of fuel stations.

During the summer, Bakewell can therefore be a very busy place with people shopping, sightseeing and feeding the ducks. But it is still possible to escape the crowds and the mayhem of the centre of town. Please note, none of these walks are really suitable for the disabled as they use footpaths and Bridleways rather than purpose made trails. The Monsal Trail does offer access for all. Some sections of these paths are really muddy after rain so make sure that you have appropriate footwear!

The first short walk near Bakewell that we propose starts in the centre. Cross the bridge and instead of following the main road round to the left, go straight ahead and walk uphill to the old station. Turn left along the Monsal Trail and just after Hassop station (refreshments, book shop, gift shop) go under the bridge and then turn left to follow a bridle path uphil and across the fields. This drops you back down into Bakewell where you can cross the old pack horse bridge and walk back alongside the A6 back to your starting point. If you have small children or a dog or two, it is probably better to avoid the A6 section. To do that, don't go over the bridge and follow first the service road and then a footpath across the fields by the River Wye to reach the centre of Bakewell. An alternative start would be Hassop station, where there is Pay and Display parking.

The second short walk near Bakewell we suggest starts at the old station (Pay and Display car park). From the car park, walk along the Monsal Trail in the direction of Haddon Hall. The Trail terminates at the Combs Road viaduct and you simply return to Bakewell along Combes road. At the bridge, either turn left to visit Bakewell or turn right for the climb back to the car park. There are some good views over the rooftops of Bakewell from this section of the Monsal Trail.

A third short walk near Bakewell is from the Agricultural centre car park and requires you to cross the A6 so is probably not suitable for anyone accompanied by small children or animals. From the car park, head south along the A6. Cross this to take a lane on the opposite side of the road. This snakes up, past a farm and some dwellings and crosses a field to a minor road. Turn left and follow this minor road (views back over Bakewell) to a sharp right hand bend. The footpath goes straight on and through a couple of big fields. At the barn, turn left and descend to the Haddon Hall car park. Cross the A6 and follow the path back towards Bakewell. Turn right along an estate road and pick up the footpath across the fields to Combes Lane, which you can then follow back to Bakewell.

OS Interactive Map of Short Walks near Bakewell.


There are millions (well OK, probably just hundreds though it seems like millions!!) of walking books aimed at the Peak District, for example I found these on Amazon:


Accommodation in the nearby area.

Thumbnail:  Luxury 4 star holiday home in Bakewell, Derbyshire.

Castle Hill Cottage, Self-Catering, Bakewell - SE of the Peak District sleeps 3,4,5,6

This charming adjoining 18th-century self-catering Derbyshire 4 star holiday cottage, set in its own mature gardens, offers unashamed luxury in Bakewell ... More information or visit Castle Hill Cottage web site..

Thumbnail: River Cottage luxury bed and breakfast guest house, Ashford-in-the-Water, Derbyshire.

River Cottage, B&B, Ashford - SE of the Peak District

River Cottage, Ashford-in-the-Water. Award winning B&B, outstanding riverside location in the heart of the Peak District... More information or visit River Cottage web site..

Thumbnail: Overdale Cottage, self-catering holiday cottage for one or two person occupancy in Youlgrave (Youlgreave), Derbyshire, Peak District accommodation.

Overdale, Self-Catering, Youlgrave - SW of the Peak District sleeps 1,2

Tucked away down a cobbled footpath on the side of Bradford Dale in the picturesque village of Youlgrave ... More information or visit Overdale web site..

Thumbnail: Self catering cottage, Derbyshire Peak District.

The Coach House, Self-Catering, Chapel-en-le-Frith - NE of the Peak District sleeps 1,2,3,4,

3 star graded character coach house conversion in a fabulous setting, close to Buxton and Castleton ... More information or visit The Coach House web site..

Thumbnail: Corner Cottage, Self catering cottage holiday accommodation in the Peak District of Derbyshire - Bakewell.

Corner Cottage, Self-Catering, Bakewell - SE of the Peak District sleeps 1,2,3,4

With views over the church and surrounding countryside, this pretty cottage lies just a short stroll from the centre of Bakewell with its specialist array of shops, pubs and restaurants ... More information or visit Corner Cottage web site..

Thumbnail: The Mews, Derbyshire holiday cottage..

Mews Cottage, Self-Catering, Tansley - SE of the Peak District sleeps 1,2,3

set in a lovely walled garden in the village of Tansley ... More information or visit Mews Cottage web site..

Thumbnail: Dragonfly, Bakewell, Derbyshire holiday accommodation to rent.

Dragonfly Cottage, Self-Catering, Bakewell - SE of the Peak District Sleeps 2,3,4,5,6

This beautiful, newly renovated, 300-year-old, detached, stone cottage is located just 350 yards from the heart of Bakewell, yet stands on the top of Fly Hill with its breathtaking views over the River Wye ... More information or visit Dragonfly Cottage web site..

Thumbnail: Bradley Hall, Birchover, Derbyshire Peak District holiday cottage accommodation.

Bradley Hall, Self-Catering, Birchover - SE of the Peak District sleeps 2,3,4,5,6,7,8

Situated in the pretty and popular village of Birchover, this listed, detached, Georgian house boasts super views over the local countryside and provides the perfect base to relax ... More information or visit Bradley Hall web site..

Thumbnail: Cokaynes at Harthill Hall, Bakewell, large self-catering holiday cottages to rent.

Cokaynes, Harthill Hall, Self-Catering, Bakewell - SE of the Peak District sleeps 5,6,7,8,9,10

Set in a dramatic and varied Peak District National Park setting close to Bakewell ... More information or visit Cokaynes, Harthill Hall web site..

Thumbnail: Bagshaw Hall B&B in Bakewell.

Bagshaw Hall & Sleep Lodge, B&B, Self-Catering Apartment, Bakewell - SE of the Peak District 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14, 15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30

The best features of boutique hotels and holiday apartments in the historic building of Bagshaw Hall, Bakewell ... More information or visit Bagshaw Hall & Sleep Lodge web site..

Total number of accommodation listings: 10


Peak District Short Walks

Walking in the Peak District, near Bakewell and Haddon Hall.

Bakewell in Derbyshire, famous for the Bakewell Pudding and Bakewell Tart, is a popular place with tourists as it has a nice church, tea shops, souvenir shops and outdoor shops. It is a good centre and there are plenty of possibilities to do short walks near Bakewell.

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