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Foodies all over the nation are delighted at the return of the Great British Bake Off, now gracing our screens every Wednesday evening on BBC1. In celebration –and to recognise our great British baking heritage – holiday home rental website HouseTrip has gathered together the best 'bake-cation' spots across the country for you to visit this summer.

From the famous location of the Hovis Gold Hill advert to the place where Eton mess got its name from, be sure to pay a visit to some of our favourite destinations and sample some of the most mouthwatering desserts and breads.

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Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, Dorset is the iconic location of the famous Hovis advert directed by Ridley Scott
Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset - home of the famous Hovis Bread advert

The most iconic


advert of the 1970s and 1980s was filmed on

Gold Hill





, by Oscar-winning director

Ridley Scott

, thus becoming an important slice of


marketing history. The commercial was voted


's favourite advertisement of all time in

The Telegraph

last year, and the stunning location also appeared as the setting for the 1967 film version of

Thomas Hardy


Far From the Madding Crowd



stands as the highest town in its county, one of the oldest in


, and offers some of the most romantic views of the


countryside. One of the neighbouring towns,


, features in numerous literary works including that of

Thomas Hardy

, and the nearby market town of


also boasts a 16th-century mansion,

Sherborne Castle

, built by

Sir Walter Raleigh


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The Rutland Arms, Bakewell is said to be where the original Bakewell Tart recipe was created
Bakewell, Derbyshire Dales - home of the Bakewell Tart

The renowned

Bakewell Tart

is said to have arisen after a chef mixed the wrong recipe at the

Rutland Arms

in the small market town of


in the

Derbyshire Dales

, northern


. The tart is made up of shortcrust pastry filled with a sponge cake concoction, a layer of jam and an egg and almond mix which is then topped off with white fondant icing and a red glacier cherry. Several shops in the town claim to sell the original recipe:

The Bakewell Tart Shop & Coffee House


The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop

as well as

Bloomers of Bakewell

. On top of the flurry of domestic tourists, the area also attracts an international crowd to the nearby stately homes of

Chatsworth House


Haddon Hall



also features in

Jane Austen


Pride and Prejudice

as the town

Elizabeth Bennet

leaves to head to



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The Old Trafford stadium is home to Manchester United's football team
Eccles, Greater Manchester - home of the Eccles Cake

Named after the


town of


, an

Eccles cake

is a small, round pastry treat filled with currants, nutmeg and, sometimes, topped with Demerara sugar.


is located in the City of


, Greater


, only 3.7 miles west of


city centre. For sporting enthusiasts who aren't as

Bake Off

-obsessed, the famous

Old Trafford

stadium, home to the

Manchester United

football team, as well as

Manchester City

's football grounds, can both be found nearby.

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Eton is home to the renowned Eton College as well as a favourite English dessert, Eton mess
Eton, Berkshire - home of the Eton Mess
Eton mess

is a typical favourite dessert of the


, mixing strawberries, meringue and cream, and is traditionally served at

Eton College

's annual cricket game against

Harrow School

. It was also served in the 1930s in the prestigious boarding school's "sock shop" with either strawberries or bananas and ice-cream or cream – meringue was added later. A recent myth has evolved that

Eton mess

was first created when a meringue dessert was accidentally squashed by a dog en route to a picnic at

Eton College

, and what was salvaged of the dessert was served as a crushed meringue with strawberries and cream. The towns of




offer an eclectic array of traditions, heritage and history along with fun tourist attractions such as

Windsor Castle

, the


residence of the


, and the

Legoland Windsor Resort

. The infamous

Eton College

, founded by

King Henry VI

in 1440, was also where

Princes William




Prime Minister David Cameron

were educated. A similar dessert to

Eton mess

is the

Lancing mess

, served throughout the year at

Lancing College


West Sussex


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Kendal Mint Cake is popular among climbers and mountaineers in Cumbria
Kendal, Cumbria - home of the Kendal Mint CakeKendal Mint Cake

is a glucose-based, peppermint flavoured sweet treat. It originates from




, also known as the

Auld Grey Town

due to its many grey limestone buildings.

Kendal Mint Cake

is popular among climbers and mountaineers, especially those from the


, as a source of energy. The town of


, as well as being famous for its mint cake and local grey limestone, is also renowned for its production of tobacco. Situated south of the

Lake District

, and just a few miles from the coast, this market town caters to all visitors' needs. It offers a wealth of history with castles, museums, historical buildings and bridges to explore. It is even rumoured that

King Henry VIII

's sixth wife,

Catherine Parr

, was born at

Kendal Castle


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The Jurassic Coast stretches 95 miles from East Devon to Dorset
Devon & Dorset - famous for their mouth-watering scones

Contrary to popular opinion, it is thought that


may well have originated in


, with the first known print reference being in 1513, from a


poet. However,


are more widely known as a speciality of




and are famously offered in their tea rooms as well as the rest of the




, served with jam and clotted cream. They differ to teacakes and other sweet buns in that they are not made with yeast. The counties of




are known for their rustic coves, never-ending stretches of sandy beach and rolling countryside full of a variety of wildlife. The

Dorset and East Devon Coast

, also known as

The Jurassic Coast

, was the first 'natural'

World Heritage Site

, spanning 95 miles and full of world-renowned fossils of all types.

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