Perhaps best known for its unique and delicious Pudding, Bakewell has many more tempting treats to offer – ranging from shopping and specialist markets to relaxing strolls and special events. Idyllically situated on the banks of the river Wye, the biggest town in the Peak District National Park’s mellow stone buildings, medieval five-arched stone bridge and quaint courtyards are a magnet for painters, photographers and sightseers alike. Legend has it that the town’s famous Pudding was created by mistake by a local cook in the mid-19th century. Today her delectable ‘jam tart that went wrong’ can be sampled at various bakeries and cafés and posted virtually anywhere in the world! Bargains galore are on offer every Monday at the bustling outdoor market, and for an extra buzz, head for the livestock market to experience the action in the theatre-like auction ring. Cherry pick choice local produce at one of Britain’s best Farmers’ Markets or browse in specialist shops selling everything from high fashion and outdoor clothing to handmade chocolates and rare whiskies. Savour a light snack, lunch or dinner at a host of cafés, restaurants, pubs and tea rooms and take a brewery tour and sample world-beating craft beers at Thornbridge Brewery.
There are actually three Matlocks stretching along the Derwent River; Matlock Bank and Matlock Bath join with Matlock itself to provide a popular centre for hill climbing and cavern exploring in the limestone hills nearby.
The attractive four-arched bridge across the Derwent dates from the 15th century. It was the subject of a painting by JMW Turner, “The Bridge at Matlock”. In Matlock itself (“Old Matlock”) you will find most of the buildings which predate the town’s spa heyday. St. Giles church is an attractive building with a Perpendicular style west tower and a Norman font (re-discovered in the Rectory garden!).
Overlooking the towns are the rocky crags of High Tor and the Heights of Abraham, so named because a local army officer returning from fighting the French in Quebec with General Wolfe said that it resembled the cliffs along the St. Lawrence River.
The Heights can be reached by cable car starting near the railway station. Two showcaves are open to the public at the Heights of Abraham; Rutland Cavern and Great Masson Cavern are both natural caverns that were expanded through lead mining.
The majority of trips return from destination between 16:30 and 17:30. The driver will inform you of the exact time on the day, dependant on outward travel times. Whilst we do not guarantee a W/C on board most of our excursion fleet do have toilet facilities. For your comfort we allocate seating at time of booking, however reserve the right to alter or amend your seat allocation for utilisation purposes.
Our Pick-ups are as follows:
|Morley- 09:30 +£0.00*
|Bradford- 10:00 +£0.00*