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Introducing Bakewell

After Buxton, this is the largest town in the Peak District (though it’s hardly a metropolis). It’s not as interesting or picturesque as its posh spa-town neighbour, but it’s a useful base for cyclists and walkers. It has a famous pudding (the Bakewell Pudding – it’s not a tart you know), a couple of fine country houses within ambling distance and a reputation for traffic trail-backs on summer weekends.