22 August 2014

Roadtrip through Derbyshire: Crooked spires and a couple of tarts

Roadtrips are possibly the best fun you can ever have. Great company, adventure and every road a route to delicious goodies. That in mind, over a table of scone and cocktails Kelly and I hatched a girlie getaway to York. We knew it had to involve laughter, cocktails and gluten-free cake with a touch of history, so hotel booked we started off a grizzly grey morning with a map in hand.
Roadtrip to Derbyshire: Crooked spires and a couple of tarts - Chesterfield
With Kelly's smurfmobile (un)locked and loaded, we set off in search of our first pitstop - the Crooked Spire Church in Chesterfield. Rising above the local rooflines, the St Mary and All Saints Church tower is iconic and rather special.
Chesterfield, the crooked spire and a couple of tarts - Roadtrip through Derbyshire:
St Mary and All Saints, the Crooked Spire Church, was built in the late 13th Century and finished around 1360. It’s the largest church in Derbyshire. The Spire stands 228 feet from the ground and leans 9 feet 5 inches from its true centre. The Spire was built straight and the reason that it 'twisted' may be the amount of green timber used during its construction. Then 32 tons of lead tiles were placed on top – enough to bend anyone’s back! 
Chesterfield, the crooked spire and a couple of tarts - Roadtrip through Derbyshire

The church inside is rather classic in style, leaving most of the showbiz element to their showstopping spire. I did rather adore their modern leaded window depicting the local history.
Chesterfield, the crooked spire and a couple of tarts - Roadtrip through Derbyshire

Simply magnificent. Volunteer run guided walks up into the tower are run Easter to Christmas, Monday to Saturday (check with them for times) if you're itching to see the Derbyshire's answer to the leaning tower of Pisa - in true British style.

Chesterfield, the crooked spire and a couple of tarts - Roadtrip through Derbyshire

After a well-earned tea break in the nearby cafĂ©, Kelly let slip that Bakewell is just a 20-or-so minute hop skip and a jump from Chesterfield.

Chesterfield, the crooked spire and a couple of tarts - Roadtrip through Derbyshire

We threaded our way through the beautifully mossy-green peak district to try the original Bakewell Pudding. It's not the tart crowned with marzipan and a cheery as we all know it, but a light pastry bowl of "beaten mixture of almonds, whole egg, sugar and luxury butter" which forms a lovely soft set custard.

Bakewell Pudding - Roadtrip through Derbyshire

We opted for the Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop, and beginning our treat with a civilised jacket potato, decided to try our puddings warm with custard. I wish I'd take more, better photos but I was starving... our puddings aren't gluten-free, but so delicious they are well worth the after-effects. The things we do for our art!

Bakewell Puddings - Roadtrip through Derbyshire - The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop

We then tripped downstairs to buy treats for the men-folk and snacking on later (like good girl guides and scouts us gluten-free lot firmly believe in being prepared). Their delectable emporium is also where I decided that leaving my wallet in the shop as a souvenir would be a good idea. Thankfully the really kind staff found it and couriered it back to me once home - not only do they bake delectable goodies in a picturesque village, but they are lovely to boot.

The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop - Derbyshire

The beer was a success, and having spotted Bakewell Tarts as we know them, we wandered through the pretty village until our afternoon tea booked closer to York beckoned...

The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop - Bakewell Tarts

Not such a bad morning then, hey.

Roadtrip through Derbyshire: Crooked spires and a couple of tarts

26 comments :

  1. It makes me dizzy just looking at a photo of that twisty spire!
    Rosie xx

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  2. Aww, I come from the East Midlands and went to university in the North so know Chesterfield and Bakewell well. My favourite thing about Chesterfield is that their town motto is Aspire. A-spire - genius!

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  3. That crooked spire is so interesting to look at!

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  4. That was a blooming awesome weekend in the smurf mobile! Castle castle castle! ;-) xx

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  5. I'd love to have a day trip to York but it'd be practically impossible. Sam's family nears fairly close to York so if I was out there and didn't stop in and stay for at least a night I'd be disowned :) x

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  6. road trip + girls time...sounds lovely! beautiful sights!

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  7. What a lean on that spire that's amazing it's never fallen off. There's a church somewhat close in Detroit that started to have a learn in it's spire but that was due to a huge storm we had at the start of the year. There were fears they'd have to tear the spire down but luckily they managed to raise enough money and fix it up.


    As for bakewell tarts, well I haven't had one of those since leaving Yorkshire for the US. They were/are one of my favorites, always so good with the cherry on top! Perfect.

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  8. Nice post - I'm reading in Matlock, Derbyshire, where we're enjoying a couple of days away. Lovely part of the world!

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  9. Katie @ The Perfect Brownie24 August 2014 at 15:26

    That spire hardly looks real- more like something out of a Harry Potter movie! That garden pictured above makes me jealous of people living in the UK- flower gardens just don't look like that where I live. Beautiful!

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  10. Hah. I snorted a little at your title. I was so jealous when I heard about this trip - and for good reason too. Look at that crooked spire?!

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  11. I might actually like the bakewell pudding! I'm not a fan of the tart but also not a fan of marzipan.

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  12. This is where I originate from :) makes me homesick - especially for bake well tart! I have been in that shop before!

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  13. Oh, it isn't! That is fabulous! What a sweet place.

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  14. Ah, that is a wee problem. But it means you can go for longer!

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  15. It is incredible - apparently a few years they were thinking of fixing it until a petition was raised to keep it uniquely theirs!

    I wish tarts would keep in the post - I'd send you one!

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  16. I hope you had a lovely few days - we passed Matlock but ran out of time to stop - there & Chatsworth House.

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  17. There are some beautiful, beautiful gardens in the UK especially further North!

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  18. It's mad isn't it - and I'm not just referring to the spire ;)

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  19. It is far subtler without the marzipan, really lovely warmed too!

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  20. Oooh, it's such a pretty place to be from!

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  21. Oh I love that crooked spire! I have yet to try a Bakewell tart. I could grab some in the store, but I'd rather try an original first!! :)

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