Home of the Peak Advertiser and with an unspoilt country feel, this much loved old market town is justifiably known as ‘the jewel in the Peak District crown’. The Monday general and provisions market is very much alive and kicking, drawing people from all the outlying villages, while farmers come to buy, sell and gossip at the lively agricultural and livestock market. Bakewell’s welcoming shops, pubs and eateries will ensure that you leave neither empty handed nor hungry. A delicious Bakewell Pudding (don’t call it a tart!) is a must; buy it warm to share the flaky crumbs with the ducks beside the river, or take one home for a hot pudding you’ll never forget. The River Wye flows through Bakewell below a series of bridges, on through the park and the open meadows which every August host the famous two-day Bakewell Show. All Saints’ Church is one of the town’s architectural gems and here you can learn the last chapter in a famous romantic elopement. Not to be missed is the Old House Museum, set out in a 16th-century house with many original features.