There are a number of short walks near Bakewell, which 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 busy centre of town.
None of these short walks near Bakewell are really suitable for the less able as they use footpaths and Bridleways. The Monsal Trail passes through Bakewell and is designed to offer access for all. Some sections of these paths are really muddy after rain so make sure that you have appropriate footwear!
Disclaimer - these short walks near Bakewell are only described in broad detail. If you decide to follow these or any of the Peak District walks from this site, please make sure that you have fully planned the route and that your party has the necessary skills, equipment and fitness before setting off into the hills.
Hassop Station Circuit
The first short walk near Bakewell that we propose starts in the centre. Cross the bridge on the right hand pavement as you are leaving Bakewell. Once over the Bridge, go straight ahead (Station Road) and walk uphill to the old station. Turn left along the Monsal Trail and follow it along to Hassop Station. Just after the station (refreshments, book shop, gift shop) go under the bridge and then turn left onto a bridleway. Follow this uphill and across the fields. This eventually drops you back down into Bakewell where you can cross the old pack horse bridge. 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 pack horse bridge. Follow 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 ample Pay and Display parking.
Coombs Road and Haddon Hall
The second of our short walks near Bakewell 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. There are some good views over the rooftops of Bakewell from this section of the Monsal Trail. The Trail finishes at the Coombs Road viaduct and you have a couple of choices here. Firstly, you can simply return to Bakewell along Coombs road. At the car park by the main road, bridge, either turn left to visit Bakewell or turn right for the climb back to the Station car park. The alternative is to continue towards Haddon Hall, at first on a track then on a footpath across fields bordering the river Wye. You can return to Bakewell alongside the A6 or retrace your steps and return via Coombs Road.
A third short walk near Bakewell starts from the Agricultural centre car park. It 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 the 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 (a bit soggy underfoot in winter), 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 Coombs Road, which you can then follow back to Bakewell.