Bakewell Bridge - the view towards Holme Lane across Scot's Garden

Bakewell Bridge - the view towards Holme Lane across Scot's Garden

Bakewell , historic capital of the Peak, has always been a popular visitor destination. Situated on the banks of the river Wye, it is the biggest town in the Peak District National Park. With its medieval five-arched stone bridge, quaint courtyards and riverside walks, it's easy to see why many people flock here.

In recent months visitor pressure has increased. This pressure, especially along the embankments of the River Wye, where people walk has caused much erosion. With more intensive rainfall and the resulting floods along stretches of the Wye, the embankments are being washed away. Two sections in particular: Scot's Garden and a section close to the car park on the opposite side of the bridge require management to ensure further erosion is halted.

The River Wye also supports nationally important species including Rainbow Trout, Grayling, Kingfishers and Water Voles. Scot's Garden is home to all these but the riverside habitat is eroding at an alarming rate.

What is our project is about?

This restoration project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF), aims to stem the deterioration by:

  • using natural materials such as coia rope to stabilise the embankments
  • providing increased vegetation to join wildlife corridors and create healthy habitats
  • conveying conservation/ climate change messages especially around flood management

We will engage with the local community to understand and fully explore the history of this small but important gateway into the town. Scot's Garden is an iconic and much photographed view in Bakewell. We aim to use this project to consult on the way forward and develop a Management Plan for the meadow area.

The project will also provide training and learning opportunities for a range of people. If you are interested in learning about river/ecological careers or looking to re-skill, we will be delivering free countryside and heritage management tasters. Find out more:

What will the project deliver?

  • Five year management plan for Scot's Garden
  • Repair eroded river banks
  • A programme of walks and talks
  • Environmental arts workshops
  • Craft artisan demos
  • Oral history – collecting stories
  • Exhibition
  • Booklet

If you are interested in being involved in the project in any way, please get in touch with Richard Godley, Project Officer.


T: 07854 646 742