The area around Bakewell (1), Derbyshire Location map
 
  Scene showing the Riverside Walk, Bakewell, Derbyshire Peak District, England   Bakewell.

The Riverside Walk by the River Wye showing the 14th Century bridge in the background.

Bakewell is an ancient market town and is considered to be the capital of the Peak District. It does, however, become very busy at peak weekends such as Bank Holidays.

The blue and yellow object beyond the bridge is a double-decker bus on the Bakewell to Baslow road.

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  Photograph of Chatsworth House near Bakewell, Derbyshire Peak District, England  

Chatsworth House near Bakewell.

Bess of Hardwick built the original house here in the late 16th Century. Although that building was later replaced by the current house many of the Elizabethan interior walls remain.

The first Duke rebuilt Chatsworth in Classical style between 1686 and 1707 and the Library and North Wing were added by the 6th Duke between 1790 and 1858.

The interior is, as you might expect, very impressive.

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  Scene showing the Old Market Stand, Ashford-in-the-Water, Derbyshire Peak District, England   Ashford-in-the-water.

This is a small, very picturesque, typical Derbyshire village, built mainly from the local stone, about 2 miles from Bakewell. Two miles in the opposite direction is Monsal Head and Monsal Dale.

We stayed here at the Riverside House Hotel on our last trip to Derbyshire The entrance to the hotel's grounds is just behind the right hand half of the old Market Stand.

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  Scene showing Youlgreave, Derbyshire Peak District, England   Youlgreave, Derbyshire.

The ancient village of Youlgreave, surrounded by glorious countryside, winds its way along a narrow limestone shelf dropping sharply down to Bradford Dale to the south with pretty little cottages and their gardens clinging to the side of the valley. The name is actually pronounced as 'Yoolgrave'.

The long, narrow main street runs for about one and a half miles along almost the only level ground available. Sometimes with a footpath and sometimes not where the road is just not wide enough to accommodate one.

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  Scene showing Arbor Low, Derbyshire Peak District, England   Arbor Low.

This henge was constructed about 2500 BC and consists of a circular bank, approximately 250 feet in diameter and over 6 feet high. Inside is a ditch about 6 feet deep enclosing a circular central area.

The central area contains 46 large and 13 smaller stones, arranged in a circle with a group in the centre. The stones are all lying flat and although no-one now knows for certain whether this was how they were originally laid it is supposed that they were once upright.

 

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