I know there’s more to Bakewell than tarts, but whenever I think of Bakewell, I think of the tart, and not even the real tart but the Mr Kipling Bakewell Tart.

Anyway, I digress!

Bakewell in Derbyshire

Bakewell is first and foremost a picturesque Derbyshire town in the heart of the Peak District. Once the ancient capital of the peaks, today it’s more about tourism than commerce.

Good Friday in Bakewell

We had the pleasure of popping into Bakewell on Good Friday. We’d been pre-warned it’d be busy, and boy was they right.

It felt like we’d all turned up at once, hikers, cyclists, bimblers, families and the biggest congregation of churchgoers I’ve ever seen.

Once we’d fought our way through the traffic, we found a suitable parking spot at the rear of the main street then made our way towards the river.

We had planned to take a stroll by the River Wye, but so had hundreds of others so we abandoned that plan.

Bakewell River

Bridge in Bakewell

Instead, we bimbled into the main street. I’m not going to be able to give you a full access report because we didn’t explore the whole town.

I can tell you, the main roads are accessible in a wheelchair and have plenty of dropped kerbs, but again the throngs of people coupled with not very wide pavements in some of the side streets made it a little bit tough.

National Park Visitor Centre

Crowds in Bakewell

In the end, we decided it would be best to abandon the visit and return at another time. It’s not Bakewell’s fault, it’s ours for turning up on the busiest day of the year.

OK, so let me tell you about the tart…

The Original Bakewell Tart

Question – When is a Bakewell Tart not a tart?
Answer – When it’s a Bakewell Pudding or a Cherry Bakewell

Confused… yeah me too!

This sort of reminds me of the jam first dilemma in Devon, or is it cream first?

Anyway, back to the tarts.

So, the Cherry Bakewell is the one most of us know, shortcrust pastry, jam, sponge, icing and a half a cherry.

The Mr Kipling Bakewell Tart is shortcrust pastry, jam, sponge and an icing top.

The authentic Bakewell Tart has a shortcrust pastry base, a layer of jam, sponge filling and is topped off with ground almonds.

The Bakewell Tart Shop

And the Bakewell Pudding has a puff pastry shell with a layer of jam, it’s covered with a filling of eggs, sugar, butter and has an almond flavoured icing.

The Bakewell Pudding Shop

Original Bakewell Pudding

Study these because if you visit Bakewell and get it wrong you’re in trouble!

Have you tried all four, which one is your favourite?

Let me know in the comments…

Here’s what else we got up to in Derbyshire:

A Brief Bimble on the Monsal Trail

And we stayed in:

The Room For All Seasons

Disclaimer: We visited Bakewell in partnership with Accessible Derbyshire but all opinions are our own.