Top romantic things to do in the Peak District holiday cottages

Top romantic things to do in the Peak District

Clare 23 January 2023

Looking for an outstanding location for a proposal? Or simply treating yourself and your partner to a much-needed getaway, just the two of you? We’ve put together a few of our favourite things to do for couples in the area with everything from breathtaking walks to a brewery tour, including some romantic places to propose in the Peak District! Discover a fantastic activity and make some great holiday memories.

Whatever you are looking for, the Peak District National Park is overflowing with romance and excitement – from epic views to characterful villages waiting to be explored, you’ll soon find the perfect place to spend a romantic day out. There are so many things to do in the Peak District for couples that you’ll never be short of ways to fill your itinerary.

Don’t forget to pick out a wonderful place to stay during your time in this fantastic UK landscape; check out our full collection of romantic cottages in the Peak District. 

Skip to:

Best things to do in the Peak District for adventurous couples

Winnats Pass

Top romantic places in the Peak District - Winnats Pass

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. Most people drive through the landscape along the admittedly very scenic road, but adventurous couples will love the thrill of hiking along the two ridges that surround the pass.

The trail begins in Castleton and involves steep sections at the beginning and end, the latter of which involves a rope to help you descend safely! Sheer drops and far-reaching views get pulses going, not to mention the climb! You’ll feel a huge sense of achievement when you summit Mam Tor and snap some fantastic shots to share with your friends.

Climbing in the Peak District

Top romantic things to do in the Peak District - clmbing

Bonding over new activities is a great thing to do on romantic getaways in the Peak District, and what could be more exhilarating than tackling your first climb together? Even if you’re experienced climbers, there are plenty of destinations across the Peak District to challenge your skills.

Stanage Edge, Froggatt Edge, Curbar Edge, and Burbage all have a range of climbing routes to suit all abilities, and there are many activity companies to book with to make your experience safe and enjoyable. And if you’re researching romantic places to propose in the UK, you could do much worse than pulling out a ring with a flourish at the top!

Paddleboarding at Carsington Water

Top romantic things to do in the Peak District - paddle boarding at Carsington Water

The picturesque reservoir of Carsington Water is a wonderful place for a stroll, and even more atmospheric when you get out on the water itself. If you’re wondering what to do for Valentine’s Day, why not treat your other half to a paddleboarding session with a company such as Carsington Sports and Leisure?

Bob around with the one you love as you enjoy getting to grips with paddleboarding against a bucolic backdrop of fields and trees. You could follow it up with a meal at Mainsail Restaurant to round off the day in style.

Romantic cottages in the Peak District close to adventure

Romantic cottages in the Peak District close to adventure

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay for an adventure-filled romantic getaway in the Peak District, these cosy cottages make the perfect base.

Lower Apartment, Hope | Sleeps 2 | 1.5 miles from Winnats Pass

The Old Barn at Carsington | Sleeps 2 | 1 mile from Carsington Water

Cattis Side Cottage, Hathersage | Sleeps 4 | 1 mile from Stanage Edge

Best walks in the Peak District for ramblers

The Lovers’ Walks, Matlock Bath

Top romantic things to do in the Peak District - Lovers Walks

Things to do in the Peak District for couples don’t get more romantic than an amble along the endearingly named Lovers’ Walks in Matlock Bath. The footpaths follow the river before meandering through woodland and climbing up and over the cliffs. People often ask, ‘How long is Lovers’ Walk in Matlock Bath?’. Well, they’re not that long! The paths are approximately 0.75 miles in total and are reached by a bridge across the river.

On the opposite bank is Derwent Gardens, a formal park with water gardens, grottoes and alcoves. The gardens are a good vantage point for watching the Matlock Bath Illuminations each Saturday and Sunday evening in September and October. Snuggle up warm and enjoy them together.

If you want to try a walk to get the adrenalin going while you’re in Matlock Bath, head for Giddy Edge, truly one of the scariest footpaths you’ll find in England. Around 90 metres high, the narrow path has a sheer drop down the cliff face to the ground below. Not one for the faint of heart!

Lover’s Leap, Dovedale

Top romantic things to do in the Peak District - Lover's Leap Dovedale

This moderately challenging route wends its way 4.6 miles through Dovedale Nature Reserve along the limestone promontory of Lover’s Leap. You’ll cover numerous terrains and enjoy some lovely scenery along the way which will reward you for conquering the steep climbs and uneven ground.

Don’t be put off along the first part of the path where the iconic steppingstones cross the river; it can get quite busy at times, but you’ll soon leave the crowds behind as you climb to the top. There’s a pub to quench your thirst near the end too.

Stanage and Bamford Edge

Top romantic things to do in the Peak District - Stanage Edge Walk

One for intrepid couples who don’t mind heights, this route rapidly ascends to Stanage Edge from where you can admire the surrounding countryside and look down over the precipitous edge. You’ll ramble past old mill stones and end the walk on Bamford Edge which runs parallel to Stanage.

The views out over Ladybower Reservoir are awe inspiring – this walk will definitely impress your other half if you’re at a loss for what to do for Valentine’s Day in the Peak District!

Ilam Park, Dovedale

Top romantic things to do in the Peak District - Ilam Park

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, if that’s what you’ve got on your mind, otherwise, the grounds and wider area make for a beautiful walk.

Wander through the formal Italian Garden, drinking in the views as you do, and strike out on scenic strolls through the ravine woodlands of Dovedale, or explore the sights of The White Peak on foot. A bite to eat at the Manifold Tea-room on your return is sure to keep motivation levels high.

Romantic cottages in the Peak District perfect for nature lovers

Romantic cottages in the Peak District for nature lovers

Getting out for a ramble in the fresh air, surrounded by nature and nothing much else, is a great way to rekindle the romance in your relationship. These charming cottages are perfectly situated for exploring the places above and beyond.

The Kedleston At Paxton Lodge, Matlock Bath | Sleeps 2 | 0.5 miles from the Lovers’ Walks

Ostlers Cottage, Fenny Bentley | Sleeps 2 | 4 miles from Lovers’ Leap and Ilam Park


Best things to do in the Peak District for history buffs

Cromford Mills, Cromford

Top romantic things to do in the Peak District - Cromford Mills

It may not be the most romantic place to spring to mind when you’re looking for days out in Derbyshire for couples, but Cromford Mills is a fascinating piece of textile-industry history, packed with information shared via immersive displays and tours – the perfect intellectual bonding activity!

Built by Sir Richard Arkwright in 1771, it was the first water-powered cotton spinning mill in the world. With the help of CGI, you can see the man himself as he tells the tale of how, from humble beginnings, he developed the mill which went on to play a part in starting the Industrial Revolution. How’s that for an interesting day out in the Peak District?

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

Top romantic things to do in the Peak District - Pavilion Gardens Buxton

Dating back to 1871, these beautiful Victorian gardens in Buxton cover an incredible 23 acres and offer up miles of wonderful walks through well-kept greenery.

There are plenty of places for food and drink including a delightful art cafe and an ice cream parlour, as well as a retail arcade offering items to buy from local suppliers.

There’s a conservatory hosting a variety of plants and fish for you to discover, and a boating lake complete with rowing boats and pedalos available for rent so you can enjoy a peaceful jaunt out on the water.

Chatsworth House, Bakewell

Top romantic things to do in the Peak District - Chatsworth House

Discover this magnificent manor house near Bakewell in the heart of the Peak District and enjoy a day wandering expertly painted corridors and listening to stories from the property’s past before booking a romantic meal at the AA Rosette fine dining restaurant, The Gallery, located in the grounds.

You could enjoy a wonderfully romantic day out in beautiful surroundings and if you happen to be holidaying with your four-pawed friend in tow, you could take them along too for long walkies in the exquisite grounds.

With a giant rockery, an Emperor fountain, a trout stream, ice cream vans in the summer, and the option to enjoy a guided tour, garden buggy tour or self-guided walk, it’s a scenic setting for a romantic day out.

Haddon Hall, Bakewell

Top romantic things to do in the Peak District - Haddon Hall

Another impressive old manor house hidden in the hills of the Peaks, Haddon Hall is a gem dating back to the Middle Ages with old wooden beams appearing to hold it all together and unique medieval doorways leading you through the property.

There’s a mix of free and ticketed guided tours; plan ahead to hear all about the long history of this ancient building. The restaurant offers up fine dining as well as light lunches and you could even treat your partner to an afternoon tea in this romantic setting.

Drop by the gift and plant shop on your way out for a memento of your trip to this extraordinary old place to visit in Derbyshire.

Lyme Hall, near Disley

Top romantic things to do in the Peak District - Lyme Hall

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.

Inside the house, you can wander through the many ornate rooms, and discover the secrets hidden within. The Behind Closed Doors Tour will tell you everything you want to know and more, delving into six centuries of family history.

Romantic cottages in the Peak District, perfect for history buffs

Top cottages in the Peak District for nature lovers

These gorgeous historic hideaways exude history from every weather-worn stone. From a quaint cottage built by Sir Richard Arkwright in the Derwent Valley to a 300-year-old chocolate-box abode with its original gritstone fireplace, they offer cosy retreats for romantic getaways in the Peak District, or even holidays with friends.

Thorpe Cottage, Ashford-in-the-Water | Sleeps 2

The Walkers Rest, Cromford | Sleeps 5 + 2 dogs

Best places in the Peak District for foodies

Try out a local brewery

Top romantic places in the Peak District - Visit a Brewery

After days of adventure and romance exploring the fantastic Peak District, it only makes sense to end huddled up in a warm environment with a good brew.

Spend your evening drinking and watching the sky turn from the dusky pink of sunset to star-speckled night at Wincle Brewery, a local brewery in a beautiful location - they offer tour days and even have their own annual festival. Another great place to head to for a beer would be Thornbridge Brewery who offer regular tours and have a taproom where guests can try their tasty brews.

Whichever brewery you head to (and there are some top choices in the Peak District!) ensure you pick out a bottle or two to take home as the ideal drinkable souvenir.

The Old Hall Inn, Chinley

Top romantic things to do in the Peak District - Steak

The Old Hall Inn promises a delicious meal in cosy surroundings, its traditional olde-worlde interior making it the perfect place to hole up for the evening after walking around Kinder Scout, or perhaps even up it!

The 16th-century pub has won several awards, and their menu consists of beautifully cooked classic favourites as well as a wonderful selection of beers and ales. A lovely spot to reconnect with your partner!

Devonshire Arms, Beeley

Top romantic places in the Peak District - Romantic Meals

Enjoying an enviable location on the Chatsworth Estate, the upmarket Devonshire Arms is the place to head if you’ve got something to celebrate…a proposal perhaps. With its AA Rosette, and mention in the Michelin Guide, it’s one of the most distinguished restaurants, with a mouth-watering menu of expertly curated and cooked dishes.

While you’re there, tick off one of our other romantic things to do in the Peak District, Chatsworth House, where you can pretend to be lords and ladies of the manor as you soak up the astoundingly ornate decor and vast array of art from through the ages.

Romantic cottages in the Peak District close to pubs

Romantic cottages in the Peak District close to pubs

An evening stroll to the pub on your romantic Peak District break is the perfect tonic to a busy lifestyle. You won’t have far to wander from these delightful cottages close to pubs!

Black Spout Cottage, Taddington | Sleeps 3 | Pub 250 metres

Beehive Cottage, Combs | Sleeps 2 | Pub next door

Church Gates Cottage, Parwich | Sleeps 2 | Pub 150 metres

Best places to visit in the Peak District for peace seekers

Ladybower Reservoir, Upper Derwent Valley

Top romantic places in the Peak District - Ladybower Reservoir

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.

There are circular routes around the reservoir, taking in the iconic Derwent Dam which was the location of the practice flights for the WWII Dambusters raids. The walk around the southern part of the reservoir is accessible for wheelchairs, pushchairs and bikes.

Three Shires Head, near Flash

Top romantic places in the Peak District - Three Shires Head

The babbling waterfalls, clear pools and old stone bridges at Three Shires Head set the scene for a day of decompression, tranquillity and getting back to nature. Pack your swimming things and enjoy an invigorating dip, before settling on a rock to let the sun warm your skin.

The 3.8-mile walk here is wonderfully pretty, and one of the quieter routes to enjoy in the Peak District. It’s good for families too, if you’ve got the kids in tow, and a rope swing and climbing tree add a little adventure into the mix. It’s hard to return from a day out here without a serene smile on your face.

The Three Edges, Hope Valley

Top romantic places in the Peak District - Three Edges Walk

Take a day to explore White Edge, Curbar Edge and Froggatt Edge, drinking in the awe-inspiring views as you go. The air is clean and fresh, and when the sun is shining, you’ll feel like you’re in the most beautiful place in the world.

So much space means you’ll revel in peace and solitude – just you, your partner and the wonderful natural landscape. Listen out in autumn, and you might even hear the sound of rutting deer! All year round you’ll spot birds, butterflies and other wildlife en route.

Best romantic cottages in the Peak District for peace and quiet

Top romantic cottages in the Peak District for Peace and Quiet

If it’s silence and serenity you’re after, along with nature, dark skies and stargazing opportunities, hole-up in the following cottages and you’ll feel like the last people on earth (in a good way!)!

Dairy Croft, Pilsbury | Sleeps 2

Kinder Cottage, Hayfield | Sleeps 4

Combs Barn, Combs | Sleeps 2

Where are the most romantic spots in the Peak District?

Stanage Edge, Hope Valley

Top romantic places in the Peak District - Stanage Edge

This is just the place for views! The horizon is incredible and takes in the Dark Peaks moorland and the Hope Valley - it’s a stunning place for some alone time with your partner.

This viewing spot is popular among both walkers and rock climbers so you could take your canine companion along on this one if you’re on a dog-friendly holiday or attempt to climb the face if you’re keen on the sport. As far as walking goes, there’s a 9-mile route you could tackle from Hathersage to Stanage Edge that passes the historic North Lees Hall - the inspiration for Mr Rochester's home in Jane Eyre.

If you are keen to simply reach that incredible viewpoint as quickly as possible, there’s a car park within 2 miles of this exquisite natural space called Hook’s Car Park.

Monsal Head

Top romantic places in the Peak District - Monsal Head

One of the most famous beauty spots in Derbyshire, Monsal Head offers some incredible views down over Monsal Dale. The River Wye twists its way through a steep, scenic valley with woodlands and rocky outcrops adding to the picture.

Take a short walk down through the valley to the river, and onwards beneath the striking viaduct. Pack a picnic, because this is a lovely trail on which to stop for a while and take it all in.

Lovelock Bridge, Bakewell

Top romantic places in the Peak District - 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.

It’s a lovely idea to commemorate a special Valentine’s Day (or perhaps a proposal!) – fastening a padlock to the bridge symbolises everlasting love.

Ultimate romantic cottages for a Peak District getaway

Top romantic cottages in the Peak District

If you’re planning a romantic getaway with the one you love, these darling cottages make the perfect hideaways for your Peak District holiday.

Chalice Cottage, Bakewell | Sleeps 3

Lilys Cottage, Hartington | Sleeps 4

Knockstone Cottage, Tideswell | Sleeps 2

Book your romantic break in the Peak District

Make the most of the unforgettable views, stop by quaint bakeries and breweries for great foodie experiences, and explore the beautiful towns and villages scattered across the region.

Which of these romantic places to visit will you drop by during your travels? After investigating these great things to do for couples, it’s time to seek out the perfect bolthole where you and your partner can base yourselves. Perhaps you’re looking for a cottage with a hot tub, or one close to a pub?

Begin browsing our full collection of romantic cottages for couples in the Peak District and start planning your next getaway together.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

Like it? Share it...

Read more like this

Peak District stone circles to visit on your holiday

Why not seek out some of the area’s ancient stone circles in our handy guide?

5 ways to spend New Year in the Peak District

Roller coasters, parties in pubs and catching sunsets are all fun ways to spend New Year in the Peak District. Read some more ideas here.

A guide to Christmas in the Peak District

Get into the festive spirit with our pick of Peak District Christmas markets and events
The Travel Chapter Limited trading as Peak Cottages is an appointed representative of ITC Compliance Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (their registration number is 313486) and which is permitted to advise on and arrange general insurance contracts as an intermediary.
The Travel Chapter Limited trading as Peak Cottages | The Travel Chapter Limited is registered in England and Wales. | Registered office Travel Chapter House Gammaton Road Bideford EX39 4DF Company No. 02431506 | VAT reg: 143053210.