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by Dhanya Nair (subscribe)
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Published August 21st 2012
Want to get away from the hustle-bustle of the city to enjoy some peace, get acquainted with nature and connected with yourself? Then head towards Bakewell in Derbyshire, a quaint little town known for its tantalising walks, cycling lanes and mouth watering pudding. Nestled on the River Wye it is a small market town in the Dale district of Derbyshire meant equally for adrenalin junkies like bikers and cyclists as well as poets, lovers, painters, bird-watchers, artists and of course the true vagabonds.

An hour from Sheffield, Bakewell is a ideal for short break within UK. Direct buses from Sheffield run every hour. It's easy to know when Bakewell is nearing thanks to the rapidly changing skyline—undulating valleys, beautiful foliage, old houses turned into little delis, shops and pubs, eye-catching meadows and greenery in various hues teasing your eyes and senses. The bus stops near River Wye and as soon as you step out, you get a feeling of walking into a picturesque postcard.

The town is steeped in history; legend has it that town was probably founded in the Anglo Saxon times. The Bakewell Parish Church, a popular attraction and Grade 1 listed building is said to be found in 920 with a cross which goes back to 9th century, a proof for its heritage status. The popular Bakewell market was established in 1254 while five-arched bridge over the River Wye was constructed in the 13th century. With so history around, it is hard not to fall in love with this town.

Bakewell is known as one of the best walking destination in Northern England and it's an honour not wasted. Walk on the banks of river Wye dotted with colourful spring trees and aquatic birds happily crackling away on its water or through its many delis and shops selling vintage goods.

Don't forget the melancholy church; the all saint's parish church; sitting atop a hillside is a breath taking site. The church is a treasure trove of many little wonders like the two crosses which goes back to the Anglo Saxon time, wooden shields, pre-Raphaelite windows, sanctuary and altar.

It's but natural that your stomach starts growling after giving your limbs so much of exercise; and this is the place for all food lovers' especially sweet connoisseurs. Bakewell is the birthplace of the famous Bakewell pudding. There are many little bakeries all claiming to be the origin of the Bakewell pudding; ditch the need to find out the truth because all of them are equally good bringing happiness to your taste buds. While you are here don't forget to sneak inside the famous Rutland arms hotel where Jane Austen penned her legendary work Pride and Prejudice.

Bakewell is meant for everyone, walk, cycle, or simply do nothing. It is an ideal place to connect with yourself.
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Why? A quaint little town known for its tantalising walks, cycling lanes and mouth watering pudding.
Where: Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45
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