Bakewell

Distance: 8 miles from the Park.

This prosperous country town on the River Wye has everything – lovely riverside walks, heritage and history (including the wonderful All Saints’ Church and the fascinating Old House Museum), lots of independent shops, art galleries, restaurants and cafés. It is the only place to sample the town’s eponymous delicacy, Bakewell Pudding, and is also renowned for its livestock market.

Jane Austen stayed at the Rutland Arms Hotel and immortalised the town as Lambton in Pride and Prejudice.