With Valentine’s Day approaching, perhaps you are thinking about surprising the special someone in your life with an unforgettable proposal? There are several fantastic places where you can whisk your loved one away to pop the question and plenty of Peak District cottages to stay in.
With dramatic hills offering rewarding views, beautiful stately homes and some truly remarkable feats of nature, the Peak District has to be one of the most romantic regions in the UK. It’s got a variety of stunning backdrops that are sure to mesmerise your fiancé-to-be and help make your special moment one the two of you won’t ever forget. Below are just ten fantastic places that will guarantee a perfect proposal.
Stanage Edge is one of the most distinctive locations in the Peak District, with its spectacular rock formations leading to sweeping views out over Hathersage. It also features in the 2005 version of romantic classic Pride and Prejudice.Monsal Head
One of the most famous beauty spots in Derbyshire, Monsal Head offers some incredible views down over Monsal Dale. In the distance, viaducts criss-cross this steep valley making for a stunning panorama.
Surrounded by more than 1000 acres of parkland, Chatsworth House is one of the most romantic stately homes in the Peak District. It also has a link to Pride and Prejudice, being the inspiration for Mr Darcy’s home, Pemberley.
West of Castleton, Winnats Pass is a collapsed limestone cavern which offers one of the most dramatic landscapes in the Peak District, thanks to its steep valley-like structure.
In the heart of scenic Dovedale, with the beautiful Ilam Hall at its centre, is Ilam Park. The tranquil grounds, decorated with ancient woodland, set the scene for a truly romantic proposal.
The setting for Pride and Prejudice’s famous lake scene, Lyme Hall is a stunning Italianate house set within acres of parkland. Enjoy a romantic stroll around the parkland with idyllic views over the lake, and be sure to visit the Edwardian rose garden.
Ladybower Reservoir is one of the most serene places in the National Park, with incredible views of the landscape reflecting on the water. Try either the waterfront itself or up on Bamford Edge for a perfect proposal spot.
Dominating this sweeping landscape near Buxton is Solomon’s Temple, a secluded building sure to instil a feeling of awe and tranquillity. Where better to propose than in front of this dramatic backdrop?
Bakewell Lovelock Bridge
Lovelock bridges are popping up across the world, and the Peak District also has its own in the pretty town of Bakewell, crossing the River Wye. People come here to add their initials to a padlock before attaching it to the bridge for it to remain for eternity.
First founded in the 12th century, over the years Haddon Hall has provided a backdrop for many romantic classics including Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre. Alongside Lyme Hall and Chatsworth House, it’s another stunning example of a Peak District stately home.
Inspired by these beautiful locations? Take a look at the rest of our site for more ideas for romantic Peak District holidays.