Experts Near You: Orvis Bakewell


Written by: Isobella Ash

Meet our team of experts at the Orvis Bakewell store who are ready to help with fishing advice and a list of the best outdoor spots to visit in Bakewell.

The Orvis Bakewell store is based in the Old Town Hall, King Street– the building dates back to 1602 and is bursting with history! Originally the Town Hall was on the upper floor and the St Johns Hospital was beneath. Since then, the building has become home to the Buttermarket, Lady Manners Grammar School, and finally the home to Orvis in April 2006.

 Some Of Our Experts

The Orvis Bakewell family consists of 10 members, with a wealth of knowledge between our team and across all our in-store departments. The store is led by manager Marie Mallon. Marie is a horse woman, dog lover, and has a passion for the country lifestyle. Alongside Assistant Manager Sam, you will often find her out in the Peak District exploring the best dog walks with their trusty sidekicks Kyro and Frank, their beloved rescue dogs.  

Through the beautiful market town of Bakewell, you will find the River Wye, the Derbyshire. Wye is famous for being the only river in the United Kingdom with wild rainbow trout as well as wild brown trout. This is just one of the reasons we are passionate about fly-fishing here in Bakewell.

We have four fishing experts in the store. Alisdair Duncan is a Level 2 game angling coach with extensive knowledge of trout and salmon fishing around the north of the UK including Derbyshire. Our resident fly-tying professional is John Green, John is a GAIA casting instructor and APGAI fly-tying instructor who demonstrates at many shows locally, nationally, and internationally. He has expert knowledge of the trout streams of Staffordshire and Derbyshire and is an active member of many of the local clubs. In addition, John has fly fished around the globe for both saltwater and freshwater species and is a key member of our team that’s always willing to give out some great fishing advice.

Don Stazicker is what we like to call our local ‘celebrity’ – Don has lived in the Peak District all his adult life and is passionate about spreading the word of our superb trout and grayling fishing and how it has been instrumental in the evolution of fly fishing. He often writes regularly in the Trout & Salmon magazine and in December 2019 Don Stazicker and Peter 

Hayes published their very own e-book ‘Trout and Flies – Getting Closer’. Another team member, Chad Critchley, has been fishing since the age of 11, having been an all-rounder in Coarse angling, then concentrating on Specimen Carp and then Barbel. He then drifted in to fly fishing which completely took over! He is still a stillwater competition angler but just as at home on the rivers! Chad is a qualified level 2 UKCCA coach in both Coarse and game and has run numerous projects through the introduction of children into the sport.  

Fishing Spots In Bakewell

The Derbyshire Wye was the first river in the world where the use of artificial dry fly became mandatory. Fishermen come from all over the world to fish the river that offers some of the finest and most extensive dry fly fishing for wild trout in the country. Alisdair fishes on the Wye and says it’s his favorite river in the country for fishing due to its amazing scenery and surroundings. You are always guaranteed a fabulous adventure, catching or not.  

River Wye

On the River Dove in Beresford Dale (approx. 10 miles from the Orvis Bakewell store) stands the ‘Fishing Temple’. The temple can be glimpsed through trees across the river from the footpath that leads through this sharply sculpted limestone gorge. Charles Cotton built the temple in 1674 for Izaak Walton, the author of ‘The Complete Angler’ one of the most notable books ever written in the English language – Cotton himself wrote a later addition based on his experiences of fishing the river Dove and it is considered to be one of the finest early treatises on modern fly fishing. Its teachings are still applicable today – some of the fly patterns Cotton describes are still used by modern anglers and it’s a great resource for fishing advice and tips.

As well as some of the best river fishing in England, we have some fantastic reservoir fishing here within the Peak District. One  favourite fishing spot in Bakewell is the Ladybower Reservoir – Ladybower Reservoir is known partly for the drowned villages of Derwent and Ashopton that lie beneath its waters. The water is popular with trout anglers targeting Brown and Rainbow Trout who enjoy fishing in a picturesque location.  

Another favourite fishing spot in Bakewell is ‘Press Manor Trout Fishery’ – here there are three stream-fed Victorian reservoirs covering over 12 acres on the edge of the Peak District National Park consisting of a coarse, trout, and carp lake. The fishery is owned and managed by Orvis Endorsed Guide Bernie Maher, who has also just been announced as the Angling Trust, Team England Fly Fishing European Team Captain and Manager for the 2021 European Championship in Roros, Norway. 

Dog Walks In Bakewell

The Peak District is well known for some of the best dog walks in England, with beautiful surroundings and well-known trails, dog walkers flock here all year round. Bakewell is the largest town in the Peak District National Park and has mellow stone buildings, medieval five-arched stone bridge, and quaint courtyards are a magnet for painters, photographers and sightseers and dog walkers – and is classed as one of the most dog-friendly places to visit!  

Chatsworth House Estate is popular with dog walkers, both locals and visitors due to the estate offering 35,000 acres of beautiful dog walking, with drinking stations provided. Located only 4 miles away from the Bakewell store and on the east bank of the River Derwent the grounds looks across the hills between the Derwent and Wye valley  – this is a popular walk for people who are visiting Bakewell for sightseeing and are with their dogs.  

Another one of the best dog walks is the Monsal Trail. This well-known trail runs along the former Midland Railway line for 8.5 miles between Blackwell Mill, in Chee Dale and Coombs Road, at Bakewell! The Monsal Trail is a traffic-free route for walkers and cyclists and is wheelchair user friendly – which takes you through some of the Peak District’s most spectacular limestone dales. The walk is popular with the locals of Bakewell as you can make it as long or as short as you require. There is also an award-winning café along the trail that’s perfect for a mid-walk break and hires out push bikes.

Inside Orvis Bakewell 

Within the Bakewell store, we provide free leaflets of all things Dog-Friendly in Bakewell which include the best places to eat, shop, and stay in Bakewell with your pooch! Our store is dog-friendly in Bakewell like other Orvis locations and always has a big pot of treats to welcome your four-legged friend.

If it has been a long day after walking locally and your dog needs a breather – our wide selection of dog beds really is the finest gift you can get for your best friend to rest their weary heads and tired paws.

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