Situated in the heart of the Peak District National Park, Bakewell is a picturesque market town on the River Wye. The town is famed for the eponymous pudding, but Bakewell also lays claim to an important literary link. Jane Austen visited friends here in 1811, while finishing work on Pride and Prejudice. And it’s believed that Bakewell provided the inspiration for Lambton, where Elizabeth Bennett stays with her aunt and uncle on their tour of the Peak District. Austen’s descriptions of Mr Darcy’s Pemberley also bear a striking resemblance to the nearby Chatsworth House.
The Rutland Arms
Jane Austen is believed to have stayed here on her visit to Derbyshire. If Bakewell is presumed to be Lambton in Pride and Prejudice, this historic inn could very well have been her inspiration for the inn at Lambton. The inn provided the setting for two very important scenes in the novel. It's here that Mr Darcy first introduces his sister to Elizabeth. And later on Elizabeth is at the inn when she receives the letter about Lydia’s elopement.
The home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, this popular attraction is tucked away in a beautiful parkland with views over the river. Jane Austen toured Chatsworth during her stay in Bakewell and most experts agree that she found the inspiration for Mr Darcy’s Pemberley during that visit. The house offers regular tours, talks and workshops, in addition to a variety of accommodation on the grounds.