The Setting for Once Upon a Christmas

Bakewell, England is the setting for Once Upon a Christmas, and the first of a series set in Derbyshire and I thought I should share a few things about Bakewell to introduce you to the wonderful little town, known as “the gem of the Peak District, the treasure in Derbyshire’s chest.”

Bakewell has been a recognized market town since the 14th century, and locals and tourists alike are drawn to its cottages, historic old town, and picturesque setting on the river Wye.  The population today is just under 4,000 which has allowed Bakewell to retain its character and charm, although in the late 17th century determined visionaries built a bath house, tapping the spring water, hoping to turn Bakewell into a spa resort town, but it never took off, not the way other spa towns did.

So what does one do in the Peaks District besides walk and take in the beauty of the UK’s first national park?  Here are the places I would visit if I was visiting:

1 – Chatsworth House

2 – Haddon Hall

3 – Afternoon Tea at Thornbridge Hall & Gardens

4 – Monsal Trail

5 – All Saint’s Church

Want to know more about Bakewell? Have a walk around Bakewell so you’ll be as excited about my new UK series as I am!

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