Hathersage & Bakewell: Two playgrounds in one day & a picnic in the park

a family day out in Bakewell

Following on from my first blog of our Bamford to Ladybower walk in the Peak District which we did for my birthday, this is day 2 where we went to Hathersage for a quick playground and picnic stop before heading for a family day out in Bakewell. We love Bakewell and it’s one of our favourite places to spend an afternoon in the countryside with Eric. It’s typically British and full of fish and chip shops, quaint tea rooms, lovely architecture, classic British pubs and the famous Bakewell Pudding. But what makes this fun for toddlers? Well, Bakewell has a lovely little park and a nice walk by the water full of ducks. Plus, chips and ice cream… who doesn’t love chips and ice cream?!

a family day out in Bakewell
Walking to Hathersage

We walked from Ladybower to Hathersage to catch a bus to Bakewell. It was here we stopped to use the playground which is just behind Hathersage outdoor swimming pool. This is a lovely little find, we discovered this last year; it’s a little tucked away but it really well kept and has good play equipment. There’s pretty views over the countryside as it’s high on a hill, picnic benches, skate park and rope climbing.

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Hathersage playground
Hathersage playground and swimming pool a family day out in Bakewell
Hathersage playground

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Eric loves the little wooden train and slides especially! It’s never been busy when we have been (but this is typically in term time and afternoon). The swimming pool has a cafe and toilets just next to the playground.

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Hathersage playground

How cute is this little hut?

Bakewell is about 10 miles from Hathersage; we caught the bus 275 which is not very regular. When we got in Bakewell we browsed the markets; we didn’t know it was market day so this was a nice surprise… I love a good bargain!

a family day out in Bakewell
Bakewell, Peak District

We planned to spend the afternoon in Bakewell, mostly at the park. We took a picnic but couldn’t resist getting chips from one of the many fish and chips shops. It would be rude not to!

a family day out in Bakewell
Bakewell

The stroll down to the park is very pleasant, passing the ducks and water. I wish we had taken our SLR camera with us! It was one of those damn it moments. 🙁

a family day out in Bakewell
Bakewell Park

The park is popular with families. It is free to visit, the playground has a splash pad to play in too, and there’s always an ice cream van! Plus toilets.

a family day out in Bakewell
Bakewell Park Playground
a family day out in Bakewell
Bakewell Park Playground

The playground has loads of different areas for children to use, a climbing wall, swings, and the splash pad. There’s benches to enjoy a picnic around. Watch the vlog to see more about this.

We only went to spend a few hours in Bakewell, but you can spend longer there. I recommend walking to Bakewell on the Monsal Trail from Hassop Station, you can also bike ride and there’s bike hire from Hassop. It’s a flat, accessible path. In Bakewell, you could try a Bakewell Pudding, browse the charity shops for a bargain, enjoy afternoon tea in one of the many good cafes, visit one of the many pubs (you’ll be spoilt for choice) and have an ice cream by the water. It’s a nice relaxing countryside day out which all ages love.

Have you been to Bakewell or have you ever tried a Bakewell Pudding?!

We love the Peak District and are always there! You can read my other posts on the Peak District at Longshaw Estate here, Matlock here, and the best family countryside walks here.

Thanks for watching & reading!

 

 

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