Birthday in Bakewell

This weekend I visited the lovely market town of Bakewell which is nestled in the heart of the Derby Dales to celebrate my Birthday. 

Beautiful old buildings and shops in Bakewell. 

Beautiful old buildings and shops in Bakewell. 

Bakewell is a town with a strong agricultural history and links to Jane Austin who stayed at the Rutland Arms Hotel when writing Pride & Prejudice. 

The first thing we noticed on arrival to the town was the 'Love-lock Bridge' which crosses the River Wye. Resembling the Pont Des Arts bridge in Paris, the bridge was covered with thousands of padlocks which couples leave as a symbol of their unbreakable love. This is a growing trend with many landmarks and bridges round the world now being love-locked. 

Just some of the Love-Locks on the bridge.

Just some of the Love-Locks on the bridge.

After a walk through the town enjoying an ice cream we headed back to the River Wye and walked down to a large open park where lots of families had gathered to enjoy picnics, play games and enjoy the sunshine. 

Lots of people enjoying the park with All Saint Church in the background. 

Lots of people enjoying the park with All Saint Church in the background. 

We then sat down to enjoy our own picnic, listening to the running water, and watching the world go by. It was so peaceful despite thousands of visitors in the town. Next time we visit we want to walk along the impressive Monsal Trail, a converted railway line which is now a car free 9 mile path which is used by dog walkers, cyclists and horse riders. 

Some of the Bakewell wildlife. 

Some of the Bakewell wildlife.