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4+ Bakewell Walks: Scenic Routes & Circular Trails Around Town

4+ Bakewell Walks: Scenic Routes & Circular Trails Around Town

When you think of things to do in Bakewell, it’s hard not to envision an inviting walk in the surrounding area. Bakewell is not just a market town famous for its tart; it’s home to some of Derbyshire’s White Peaks’ most iconic walks.

From strolls around town and the river to disused railway lines and limestone valleys, Bakewell offers walking experiences for every adventurer, big and small.

Here are some of my personal favourite walks around Bakewell:

Top Bakewell Walks

In a hurry? Here’s an overview:

  • Town & River Walk (Option to extend over to Ashford in the Water)
  • The Monsal Trail – A Disused Railway Line
  • Walk to Chatsworth House or Haddon Hall
  • Walk to Lathkill Dale Waterfall & Limestone Valley

1. Bakewell Town Walk

🟢 Easy | 🚶‍♂️ 3.2 km (2 mi) | ⛰️ Minimal ascent | ⏱️ ~1 hour

love locks bridge Bakewell
Love Locks Bridge Bakewell

Starting point: Bakewell town centre

Enjoy a delightful 2-mile stroll along the River Wye, starting in Bakewell town centre. This walk offers a chance to see wildlife, such as water voles, kingfishers, and large trout.

The route is mostly on paved paths, with a section crossing a field by the river. Suitable for all-terrain buggies and dog-friendly, this is a great family walk. 

Notable sights include the historical Holme Bridge, the old sheepwash, and Scott’s garden. The path also passes by the Bakewell Bridge, home to Daubenton’s bats, and offers picturesque views along the river, leading to the town park. Return to the town centre via the same route or through Granby Croft for a different perspective.

If this is your first visit, don’t miss out on trying a Bakewell pudding—it’s one of the best things to try in Bakewell.

Alternatively, you can extend your route all the way to Ashford in the Water, another quaint village just a short distance away.

2. The Monsal Trail

🟢 Easy  | 🚶‍♂️ 1-15 km (1-9 mi) | ⛰️ Total ascent: 100-200 m (30-60 ft) | ⏱️ 0.5-4.5 Hours

monsal trail path tunnel peak district
Path along the Monsal trail approaching one of the many tunnels

Starting Point: Bakewell Train Station (Disused)

The Monsal Trail is perfect for walkers, cyclists, horse riders, and wheelchair users who can enjoy a peaceful journey through the beautiful limestone dales of the Peak District National Park at a distance of your choosing. 

Spanning approximately 8.5 miles one way, the trail connects Blackwell Mill (Just outside of Buxton) in Chee Dale to Coombs Road in Bakewell.

The trail was once a former Midland railway line connecting Manchester to London. It closed in 1968, and the National Park Authority reopened many tunnels in 2011, creating the footpath you see today.

The railway line now creates a wide, flat path that cuts through the hills with tunnels and crosses gouges with stunning bridges. 

You also have the option to hop off and visit Chee Dale Stepping towards the end of the trail, a popular Peak District stepping stone walk.

Download file for GPS

View Monsal Trail Hiking Guide

3. Bakewell to Chatsworth House Walk

🟢 Moderate | 🚶‍♂️ 10 km (6.2 mi) | ⛰️ 342 m ascent | ⏱️ 4-5 hours

chatsworth house with sheep

Starting Point: Bakewell town centre

Set off on this scenic 10km circular walk from Bakewell to Chatsworth, passing through Edensor. This route takes you through enchanting woodlands and the expansive pastures of the Chatsworth Estate, offering chances to spot wildlife such as deer and sheep.

Alongside the River Derwent and through Edensor, enjoy picturesque views and perhaps stop for a cake at a cafe or pub before circling back to Bakewell. 

Fancy a different stately home? Try walking over to Haddon Hall, a similar distance away.

4. Lathkill Dale

🔵 Easy-Medium | 🚶‍♂️ 6.6 km (4.1 mi) | ⛰️ Total Ascent: 139 m (455 ft) | ⏱️ 2-3 Hours

stone wall tree and view of lathkill dale

Starting Point: Village of Monyash or Bakewell town centre (Adjust the route)

Lathkill Dale is a charming limestone valley featuring a river and waterfalls, surrounded by an area steeped in mining heritage.

The journey begins near Monyash village, close to Bakewell, and descends into the valley, following the river’s path. It then loops back, crossing the open fields above.

In Lathkill Dale Valley, you’ll find a delightful combination of craggy limestone cliffs, woods, caves, and babbling streams.

The below route starts in the village of Monyash, but you can also start from Bakewell with a longer walk via the village of Over Haddon

See OS Map Online

Download file for GPS

View Lathkill Dale Guide

Other Walks near Bakewell

Bakewell boasts a variety of beautiful walks, but if you’re seeking another town or village nearby to visit and base your walks from, consider Buxton, Matlock or Castleton (a little further away).

Explore the walks for those areas here:

See the full list of Peak District walks and Derbyshire walks here.

Bakewell Walking FAQs

Is Bakewell good for walking?

Yes! Bakewell is a fantastic choice for walking enthusiasts. The town and its surroundings boast a variety of walking paths that cater to all levels of experience. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll or a more challenging hike, Bakewell offers picturesque landscapes and charming routes that will delight any walker.

With that being said, if you specifically want the “best” village for peak district for walks, you might also like to look into Edale or Castleton (Check out my best Castleton walks article).

Can you walk along the river at Bakewell?

Yes, you can. Walking along the river in Bakewell is one of the town’s highlights. The River Wye meanders through Bakewell, providing serene and beautiful paths perfect for a peaceful walk.

These riverside routes are easy to follow and offer stunning views of the countryside, making them a must-try experience for visitors to Bakewell.


Friday 28th of June 2024

So the Monsal Trail is easy, huh? Last time I checked, not everyone agrees. Call it easy if you're used to running marathons maybe.


Tuesday 18th of June 2024

For those who haven't yet ventured out, the Bakewell to Chatsworth House walk isn't just about the physical challenge; it's a journey through time. Absolutely fascinating to see the historical architecture and how it blends with the natural landscape.


Tuesday 28th of May 2024

i herd bakewell was where the tart came from but is it a good place for walks as well, cause i like my walks like i like my pies, full of surprises and not too crusty, makes me wonder are there any good eats along these walks? anyone?


Thursday 16th of May 2024

Love the Monsal Trail for a quick run, great scenery and not too challenging.


Thursday 4th of July 2024

Great, now it'll be overrun with runners.


Thursday 25th of April 2024

I've done most of these walks and they truly showcase the beauty of the Peak District. The Lathkill Dale route is an absolute gem, especially in spring.