Many of my regular readers will know already that my Hubs (Ollie) works day shifts but doesn’t always have the same days off work every week so that can mean during the days the kids are at nursery and or school, he can have a day off.
In an attempt to make more of the days he has off and also for us as a couple, if he is off then we plan at least one thing to make the most of the time.
Last week we found ourselves with a child free day and after saying for months we should go back to Matlock we headed off after the children had gone to school/nursery.
We adore Matlock but we have never been this early in the year and I have to say it was too early for Matlock Bath …. It was deserted at 10am in the morning .. so we decided instead of wasting the trip we should go somewhere else and Bakewell was on the list we have been concocting for months so we headed off…
Having been there last 15 years ago I have to say once there I couldn’t remember a thing about it so it really was a nice surprise and it was like visiting it for the first time all over again! We managed to park easily and there were some really friendly folk .. and not just the human kind.
I adored the bridge which held masses of ‘Love Lock’s which for anyone new to them, they are padlocks with lovers names marked on them that are locked and then the keys thrown in the river…. Although it must not be quite so romantic to locals it was nice to see for the first time for us…. Although no padlock here.
Bakewell has some really beautiful boutique shops along with some more standard shops, and it was so nice to get some proper time to explore … oh and eat some fish and chips!
Oh and also to buy some of Bakewell’s finest pasties and pies before heading back to the car and for Hubs to shy away from a very happy new friend!
I am so pleased we made the effort to go to Bakewell after discovering Matlock Bath was pretty much closed down, it really was a lovely place and I can’t wait to take the kids there next time.
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