It is probably best known for its pudding, but Bakewell is a bustling market town with a fascinating history. Surrounded by the atmospheric streets of Bakewell, it's easy to imagine the scene witnessed by Jane Austen when she wrote "There is not a finer county in England than Derbyshire".
The capital of the Peak District, Bakewell is is the largest town in the national park, with around 4000 population. In fact, it's the only town in the Peak District, as the planners for the national park boundaries, back in 1951 when the Peak District was established as the first national park in Britain, deliberately excluded built up areas such as Buxton, Matlock and Glossop due to their industry, particularly quarrying.
Jane Austen's Inspiration for Pemberley
"They gradually ascended for half a mile, and then found themselves at the top of a considerable eminence, where the wood ceased, and the eye was instantly caught by Pemberley House, situated on the opposite side of a valley, into which the road, with some abruptness, wound. It was a large, handsome, stone building, standing well on rising ground, and backed by a ridge of high, woody hills; and in front, a stream of some natural importance was swelled into greater, but without any artificial appearance. Its banks were neither formal, nor falsely adorned. Elizabeth was delighted. She had never seen a place for which nature had done more, or where natural beauty had been so little counteracted by an awkward taste. They were all of them warm in their admiration; and at that moment she felt that to be mistress of Pemberley might be something!"
(Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice)
Walking With The Wounded's Christmas Campaign for 2019
We're proud that Live For The Hills' director Mark Sweeney has been invited to be an ambassador for the Walking With The Wounded Christmas campaign for 2019, Walking Home For Christmas. Find out more about the campaign, excellent work that the charity does and how you can get involved, by reading on. We'll also take a behind the scenes look at the celebrity launch which took place in London yesterday, including former footballer turned adventurer, Wayne Bridge and stars of the forthcoming movie 1917, George Mackay and Dean-Charles Chapman.
Whose footsteps will you follow? Colin Firth or Keira Knightley?
Our Peak District Pride & Prejudice Tours have been hugely popular, with devotees of Jane Austen's novel visiting from all around the world. Two famous productions were filmed around the Peak District national park. The 1995 BBC version, starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, and the 2005 movie version starring Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen. But which one do you prefer? We now offer a separate tour devoted to each version, as well as a third option where those who can't decide can choose their own itinerary based on both.
We're very excited to see what 2019 brings as our range of unique Peak District Tours has expanded and we have brand new tour experiences on offer, with even more being announced soon.
The first signs of spring have started to appear around the Peak District, despite the Beast From The East making an appearance. That's a weather system, of course, not a mythical monster picking off ramblers on the other side of Bakewell. (That's the Pest From The West, you're thinking of.)