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A day out in Bakewell
A really popular thing to do while staying at Wheeldon Trees Cottages is a day out in Bakewell.
The history of Bakewell
Bakewell’s history can be traced back to prehistoric times, with evidence of early settlements and burial mounds in the surrounding hills.
In the Roman period, Bakewell was located on the strategic road network that connected the military forts at Buxton and Templeborough. The town is also believed to have been an important trading centre during this time, with goods passing through the nearby River Wye.
In the medieval period, Bakewell was granted a market charter in 1254 by King Henry III. The market grew in importance and the town became a centre for agriculture, with local farmers bringing their produce to sell. Bakewell also became known for its sheep and wool trade and was home to several wool merchants and clothiers.
During the 16th and 17th centuries, Bakewell experienced a period of growth and prosperity. Many new buildings and businesses were established. The town’s location on the River Wye also made it an important centre for milling, with several water mills being built to grind corn and other grains.
The famous Bakewell pudding
In the 18th century, the town became a popular destination for tourists. They were drawn to the stunning Peak District scenery and the famous Bakewell Pudding. The Pudding, a dessert made with flaky pastry, raspberry jam, and almond filling, was first created by accident at the town’s Rutland Arms Inn in the 1800s. It’s since become a famous local delicacy.
Today, Bakewell remains a thriving market town and tourist destination, known for its picturesque streets, historic buildings, and scenic surroundings. Here are a few things to do if you’re visiting Bakewell:
- Visit the Bakewell Old House Museum: This museum is housed in a 16th-century building and displays exhibits related to local history and culture
- Try the famous Bakewell Pudding: This delicious dessert is a must-try while in Bakewell. You can find it in various cafes and bakeries in town
- Walk along the River Wye: The river runs through the town and offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. You can take a stroll along the riverbank and enjoy the scenery
- Visit Haddon Hall: This medieval manor house is located just outside Bakewell and is a great example of Tudor architecture. It has been used as a filming location for several movies and TV shows.
- Shop at the Bakewell Market: Bakewell hosts a weekly market where you can find locally produced food, crafts, and other goods
- Visit the All Saints’ Church: This historic church dates back to the 12th century and features stunning stained glass windows and a beautiful interior
Wheeldon Trees adds another refurbished cottage to its collection
In the last week, we’ve added another cottage to our portfolio of restored properties. Mycock Cottage is now available to book for 2023 luxury stays. The two-bedroom cottage sleeps three people with a double and single bedroom. Downstairs there’s open-plan living with underfloor heating and upstairs there’s a brand-new vintage-style bathroom. Outside there is a private patio facing High Wheeldon.
Our luxury Derbyshire retreat has everything you need for your break away – free EV charging, an honesty shop packed to the brim with goodies, a fantastic games room where you can play pool, air hockey or ping pong and a range of new electric bikes for you to borrow to explore the local area. Oh, and of course, amazing cottages. Want to know more about Wheeldon Trees Cottages? You can view our availability and pick your perfect cottage by following this link – view our availability.