The Peak District National Park is absolutely beautiful. When planning our trip I did look to Instagram for inspiration. That’s what I love about social media these days, you can find out so much about a place and cherry pick the best bits for you.
We braved storm Doris and arrived in Bakewell on Thursday afternoon to explore. A small but pretty town you can comfortably spend an afternoon exploring here (at a leisurely pace). It’s a great base to go further afield from.
As it was so stormy we spend a lot of time indoors, at Bakewell’s many pubs, all of which were lovely. Of course a visit here wouldn’t be complete without a visit to The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop. It has a shop and bakery downstairs and a beautiful tea room upstairs. We decided to have one Bakewell Pudding and one tart to share, both were delicious. It was great fun learning all about the history too. I absolutely love that you can Post a Pudding too, such a great gift idea!
We stayed in The Rutland Arms Hotel in the centre of town. Ours was a courtyard room, which was modern and fresh, with great views. We drove and decided to pay around £5 for 24 hour parking at a pay and display in town, as the hotel car park is very small.
We had dinner at The Steak and Burger Merchant, great food, excellent service and a lovely atmosphere. They’ve only been open 4 months but I hope I return on future visits. Just next door is the beautiful little shop Eleanor & Guillaume, stocked with beautiful product mainly from Scandinavia and Denmark. These two are a definite ‘don’t miss’.
A visit to the Peak District wouldn’t be complete without a walk in the National Park. On Friday we drove to Curbar Gap car park, which was the perfect place to start a walk. You can either go right to walk along Curbar edge or left along Baslow edge. We went right, and enjoyed stunning views over Curbar edge.
It was absolutely breathtaking and beautiful. The rugged landscape was exactly how I had imagined it and the walk was simple but perfect.
Have you been to the Peak District? I’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments below. I’m sure this won’t be my last visit here!