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Activities around Bakewell

Modern Bakewell has something for everyone, from its many historic buildings, its wonderful riverside walks to its award-winning newly designed town centre with shopping arcades and numerous emporiums of excellence. We have compiled for you the list of the best things to do in the local area, and some further afield.

For the adventurous

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure in Buxton

Go Ape Buxton is one of the highest adventures, close to a 2 million year old natural limestone cave. Set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park and within walking distance of the historic Spa town itself.

Suitable for 10 years upwards, a challenge for you, your friends and family or team building, 3 hours of tree top adventure.


Alton Towers

Just 45 minutes drive away from Greenhills, treat the family to an amazing day out. Major attractions include Nemesis, Oblivion, Air, Runaway Mine Train, Congo River Rapids and Hex - The Legend of the Towers.


Wild Park Leisure in Brailsford

Only 10 minutes from Derby and Ashbourne, Wild Park Derbyshire is the Midlands Premier Paintball, Laser Tag and Quad Bike Trekking Centre.


Derbyshire & Lancashire Gliding Club, Hucklow

Derbyshire & Lancashire Gliding Club is just the place for you to experience the magic of glider flight - to actually soar like a bird over the Derbyshire countryside.


For the children

Gulliver's Kingdom Matlock Bath

Gulliver's Kingdom is a family theme park designed to cater for families with children between the age of two and thirteen. All its rides and attractions are designed to offer the whole family a full day out of fun and excitement.


Abraham's Heights in Matlock Bath

Looking for a great day out? A visit to Abraham's Heights in Matlock Bath shows that the cable car journey is just the start! When the cable car arrives at the summit you have FREE ACCESS to the Caverns, Exhibitions and Hilltop Park. Open February to October.


Matlock Farm Park

A 600 acre working farm with a number of activities, particularly suited to families looking for things to do in the area. Home to pigs, sheep, goats and donkeys as well as llamas, alpacas and a very impressive (and very friendly) fully grown Red Deer Stag. There’s an extensive collection of poultry and smaller domestic animals too!


Monkey Magic at Trentham

Experience this unique opportunity to visit a monkey forest where walking along the paths you are transported into a different world through close contact with the monkeys. You will be able to discover this amazing species as they exhibit their natural behaviour with no bars or cages to hinder your view.


Chatsworth Farmyard & Adventure Playground

Chatsworth working farmyard and adventure playground is fun and educational for all ages - with animal handling, milking demonstrations and daily activities, plus a woodland adventure playground with slides, trampolines and more!


Other Local Attractions

Carsington Water Reservoir

Something for everyone, Visitor centre, shops, cafe, fishing, sailing and water sports, cycling and walking tracks. The centre is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) recognised training centre, and also delivers British Canoe Union (BCU) courses.


Bakewell Golf Course

Bakewell golf course has great views overlooking the town and River Wye and the surrounding hills and valleys.


Matlock Golf Club

With every hole different and the Bentley Brook meandering through the course to add further interest, Matlock is a regular choice for many golfing visitors. With a driving course, golf course and clubhouse everyone can have a great day out.


Bakewell Swimming Pool

Bakewell Swimming Pool is a local community pool and gym situated in the centre of Bakewell. Easily accessible on foot, by car and by public transport.


Tissington Trail

This traffic free trail is available throughout the year for walkers, cyclist, and horse riders. It is also suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Bike hire at Parsley Hay and Ashbourne, cafe's and toilets along the trail.


Monsal Trail

Part of the former Midland Railway Lane over 8 miles of track, all suitable for walkers, some suitable for cyclists, pushchairs and wheelchairs. Stop at Hassop Station Cafe, Bookshop, and Cycle hire one mile north of Bakewell.


Peak Rail

Marvel in the joy of steam in the Derbyshire Dales. Trains operate all year round, so enjoy a nostalgic train journey and enjoy the scenery of the Derbyshire countryside.


Shopping In and around Bakewell

Peak Village Outlet Shopping Centre

Located in the heart of the Peak District National Park and on the doorstep of the Chatsworth estate. Great for a unique and relaxed shopping experience with national retailers and individual shops.


Masson Mills

Sir Richard Arkwright's 1783 Masson Mills at Matlock Bath, Derbyshire are the finest surviving and best preserved example of an Arkwright cotton mill. Working textile museum illustrating Arkwrights legacy. Shopping village, restaurant, and onsite parking


Bakewell Town

Well known for is Bakewell Puddings and centred around the River Wye, Bakewell has a variety of shops, tea shops, and friendly pubs. There is an open market every Monday, Farmers Market the last Saturday in every month and the famous Bakewell Show is held every August.



The town itself offers a variety of shops and there are numerous places to dine. A joy to anyone who appreciates a good old-fashioned shopping street, almost devoid of the usual high street chains. Highlights include Matlock Antiques Centre, an Aladdin's cave of treasures, including railwayana, tools and textiles alongside the more usual china and furniture.



A rich mixture of shopping that offers retail therapy to both visitors and residents alike. Buxton boasts a wide range of shops from Waitrose to Cafe Nero, Marks & Spencer to Next as well as some of the best in specialist designer boutiques.

Officially the Highest Market Town in Britain, Buxton's Market days are Tuesday and Saturday on The Market Place in Higher Buxton, which also boasts a variety of outlets for those in need of a little retail therapy. There is also a monthly Farmers' Market in the Pavilion Gardens and an annual Continental Market bristling with traders from across Europe.