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I recently visited the Peak District, and while there, thought it would be a good idea to explore Bakewell because I knew it had bookshops. In general, the area is idyllic – especially if you like the countryside and being outdoors and while Bakewell itself was a surprisingly busy place, it had a lot of shops to explore. Below is a list of bookish places which I think are worth the visit if you ever find yourself in Bakewell!

The Bakewell Bookshop
Matlock St, Bakewell DE45 1EE

In the heart of the high street, this cafe-cum-bookshop was a lovely place to stop while in the town. It’s right on a roundabout, and the hustle-and-bustle of that made the peace inside the bookshop even more welcoming.

They had a range of new books on sale in the shop, as well as some discounted ones too. Their display (as you can see above) was nicely done, and the bookstands throughout the shop were also well put together.

I particularly enjoyed their selection of stunning hardbacks, and also took a liking to the bookish mugs they had for sale as well. They even had a mystery book section where a brief synopsis was written on the back of a wrapped book, so the cover of the book wouldn’t affect your choice! Overall it was a nice bookshop to explore, and would be a lovely place for some tea and cake as well.

Maxwells Bookshop
9 Orme Court, Granby Road, Bakewell, DE45 1ES

Maxwells Bookshop is a discounted store where all the books are new, but you can buy them at a discounted price. They had an array of choice, as well as bookish gifts and cards. I especially enjoyed their craft section where they had books on knitting, crochet, quilting, and other craft-based activities (yay).

It was slightly hidden as it wasn’t on the main high street, but if you know where to find it then it’s definitely worth having a little look round!

Book End
Bridge House, Bridge St, Bakewell DE45 1DS

I loved the look of this little bookshop, and thought that the quaint little shop reflected nicely the lovely atmosphere of Bakewell.

Book End is aptly named as it’s right at the end of the town. It’s a second-hand bookshop which had loads of fiction and non-fiction books to choose from, including a selection of books about the area and the Peak District in general if you want to learn more about places to visit while you’re there. They had a little “Books for Looks” section too which was basically a selection of really beautiful books, which included the very honest sign:

I loved the chalkboard sign which greeted you as you entered the shop (and by the looks of it, they change the quote regularly!)

Overall Book End was probably my favourite bookish stop in Bakewell, and as it was run by volunteers, you could just tell that the people in there loved books, and the atmosphere of the shop made you want to stay there for hours!

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Matlock Street, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1EE

The Derbyshire Wildlife Trust charity shop is quite unassuming at first glance, but once I had a look around the first floor, I realised that there was a whole second floor dedicated to books! Their little bookshops had a huge variety of second-hand books to choose from, and there was also a selection of DVDs and CDs too.

I liked that they had a dedicated floor as the downstairs was pretty busy with everyone looking through the clothes and other items, so it was nice to have some calm upstairs to browse through the books.

Honourable Mentions…

The thing I realised while visiting Bakewell is that there are plenty of places to find books in the town. On the way to a craft fair, we walked through a garden which had a bowling green in it, and one of the players had a book sale there.

There were also at least three or four charity shops which had books for sale too, so it’s safe to say that there are plenty of books to choose from if you are looking to buy one in Bakewell.

I hope this is helpful for anyone thinking of visiting this lovely place, and please do let me know if I’ve missed any out, and I’ll be sure to add them in!

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