River Wye, Bakewell

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The River Wye is a limestone river in the Peak District of Derbyshire, England. It is 15mi in length, and is one of the major tributaries of the River Derwent, which flows into the River Trent, and ultimately into the Humber and the North Sea.The river's source lies just west of Buxton, on Axe Edge Moor. Part of the flow passes underground through Poole's Cavern before rising at Wye Head, and flowing through the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton. It then flows east, along a route roughly followed by the A6 road. It enters the Peak District, flows just south of Tideswell, then through Ashford in the Water and Bakewell, and south of Haddon Hall, before meeting the River Derwent at Rowsley.The main tributary of the river is the River Lathkill, which enters approximately one mile from its mouth.The River Wye is one of Derbyshire's best known rivers and is popular with anglers owing to the large numbers of wild brown, rainbow trout and grayling it contains. The alkalinity of the Wye provides a rich source of nutrients that leads to an abundance of insects, invertebrates and other wildlife. This ensures that the Trout and Grayling grow quickly on a diet of freshwater shrimp, sedge and upwinged flies (to name but a few of the foods available). Some of the largest populations of Water Voles in Britain can also be found along the River Wye.
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  • What a delightful place to visit right next to the town and car parks.The bridge with all the locks is much photographed and you can get yourself one engraved in the town if you so wish.Lots of people...  more »
  • We were visiting the lovely area around Bakewell and included this in our itinerary. Well worth the visit.  more »
  • The Bakewell stretch of the River Wye, is outstandingly beautiful and has just about everything feature, you could wish to enjoy.  more »

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Where to stay in Bakewell

Consider a stay in one of the Georgian-style cottages that populate the town center. Shops and restaurants are readily accessible to centrally located B&Bs and inns. A country inn closer to the outskirts of the city provides peace and quiet, as well as a midway point between the town and the main attractions in the countryside, such as the restored halls and manors.
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