Bakewell in Derbyshire, (Peak District) England

During our fairly recent trip down to England we stopped off in Bakewell, Derbyshire for lunch and to stretch our legs. A walk along the very scenic River Wye is a must, especially on a lovely sunny day.

Bridge at Bakewell, Derbyshire

We walked from the car park over this stylish and very ancient gothic arched stone bridge which dates from the 14th century, and if you’re interested there’s a decent second-hand bookshop right at the end of the bridge – or the beginning depending on which way you’re walking – all profits going to local worthy causes.

Bakewell Bridge

Weirs always add interest to waterways and I noticed that this one doesn’t quite go all the way across the width of the river, one edge has been kept clear so that fish are able to navigate easily up or downstream.

Bridge  at Bakewell

Which is just as well because …


it’s absolutely full of fish – trout and grey mullet I think. They’re big too, most of them being around 18 inches long or thereabouts. The last time we were in Bakewell there were even more fish though and it seemed quite spooky to me as they were all grey and ghostly looking.

As it was such a dry summer the Wye was very low, there wasn’t much depth for the fish to swim in and they were navigating around the legs of the ducks and swans. I’ve never seen anyone fishing here so I suspect it isn’t allowed which is just as well really as there are so many it wouldn’t seem very sporting – like shooting fish in a barrel.

Fish , River Wye, Bakewell, Derbyshire

If you’re interested our lunch was of the clotted cream scones variety – delicious.

You can see more images of Bakewell here.

6 thoughts on “Bakewell in Derbyshire, (Peak District) England

  1. Looks like a lovely town, with an interesting history and buildings – they knew how to build enduring bridges back then!
    Nice clean-looking river, and the trout are an excellent size.

    • Valerie,
      It is a very clean looking river, unlike the Severn. This small town is very close to Chatsworth so it’s always very busy with tourists.

  2. Such an idyllic place. You appear to have had wonderful weather for your trip. I love the old arched bridge.

  3. Hi, we were there a few weeks back, fish are brown and rainbow trout, not sure about the grey fish possibly greyling, unlikely to be mullet.

    Love Derbyshire!

    • Kevin,
      I’ll bow to your superior knowledge on fish!

      I think Derbyshire is my favourite English county although I’m never sure how much of it is man-made and what is completely natural.
      Thanks for dropping by.


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