Activities in Bakewell
The scenic Monsal Trail follows the path of a disused railway line from Combs Viaduct on the outskirts of Bakewell to Topley Pike in Wye Dale, about 3 miles east of Buxton, including a number of reopened old railway tunnels, covering 8½ miles in all.
For a rewarding shorter walk, follow the Monsal Trail for 3 miles to the dramatic viewpoint at Monsal Head, where you can pause for refreshment at the Monsal Head Hotel, serving real ales and outstanding Modern British cuisine. With more time to kill, continue to Miller's Dale, where viaducts give a spectacular vista across the steep-sided valley. The tourist offices at Bakewell and Buxton have full details.
Other walking routes go to the stately homes of Haddon Hall and Chatsworth House. You could take a bus or taxi there and walk back, so you don't muddy the duke's carpet.