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Romantic locations in the Peak District holiday cottages

Romantic locations in the Peak District

Kate W 07 February 2020

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Set off on an unforgettable trip and uncover the most romantic places in the Peak District during your next UK holiday.

Planning that all-important proposal setting? Or simply treating yourself and your partner to a much-needed getaway just the two of you?

Whatever you are looking for, the Peak District National Park is overflowing with romance and excitement – from the epic views to the walking and cycle trails and the characterful villages waiting to be explored, you’ll soon find the perfect place to spend a romantic day out.

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.

We’ve put together a few of our favourite things to do for couples in the area with everything from gondola rides to a brewery tour. Discover a fantastic activity and make some great holiday memories.

Where will you go first? Read all about these romantic places to visit and begin planning an unforgettable Peak District holiday. 

Gaze down on the world from the Heights of Abraham, Matlock Bath

Heights of Abraham

If you’re looking for romantic things to do, a gondola ride tops the list every time! Breathtaking views, that unexpected jolt of being so high and the privacy for you and your partner, it’s the perfect way to enjoy a morning out – time it right and you might even catch the sunset. 

When you reach the summit, there are 60 acres of estate with a whole range of terrific attractions to keep you entertained. There are caverns, a prospect tower, a mine shaft and places to eat including a tavern and a terrace café with exquisite views where you can enjoy a romantic meal in a scenic location.

Besides all these things to do, there are plenty of wonderful walks nearby including the perfectly-named Lovers' Walk which takes you past Giddy Edge and the 300-foot-tall High Tor near Matlock.

Seek out other ‘high points’ in this national park to find more romantic places to visit in the Peak District.

Stay in a romantic retreat:

Croft Cottage | sleeps 4 | 3.5 miles away

Stay in Matlock Bath

Take life slow with a romantic walk around The Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

Pavillion Gardens

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

There are plenty of places for food and drink including a delightful art café 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 too for you to discover and a boating lake outdoors, complete with rowing boats and pedalos available for rent so you can enjoy a peaceful jaunt out on the water.

Stay in a romantic retreat:

Beehive Cottage | sleeps 2 | 9 miles

Stay in Buxton

Treat yourself at the Peak District’s ‘pudding capital’, Bakewell

Bakewell

Visit the home of the sticky jam and fluffy pastry pudding of the same name! Explore this town known for its beauty; it was the inspiration for ‘Lambton' in Jane Austen's literary classic, Pride and Prejudice, and regularly acts as a muse for artists from all corners of the UK.

Before you go, read up on the Pride and Prejudice filming locations that can be found in the Peak District.

Feed the ducks on the River Wye or get out the bikes and follow the popular Monsal Trail for a scenic route over bridges and through forests – you can also walk or go horse riding along the Monsal Trail.

There are shops, cafes and, of course, bakeries where you can pick up the famous Bakewell pudding. Otherwise, simply pop down the Monday market and pick up some treats to take back to your Bakewell holiday cottage.

Stay in a romantic retreat:

Waterside Mill | sleeps 2 | 1 mile away

Stay in Bakewell

Step inside the mystical Thor’s Cave, Manifold Valley

Thor's Cave

When it comes to walking in the Peak District, a true favourite is the Manifold Valley trail that winds up at the impressive Thor’s Cave, a natural cavern in White Peak which towers over the Peak District landscape.

The circular Manifold Valley trail begins in Wetton and takes you along a river, around Castern Hall and through beautiful Ilam Park (the ideal place for a romantic picnic!) before returning into the pretty village of Wetton.

Wetton itself is only small and a scenic place to unwind and put up your feet after the walk - why not stop by the pub, The Royal Oak, for a well-earned feast?

Stay in a romantic retreat:

Robin's Stable | sleeps 2 | 1.5 miles away from Wetton where the circular walk begins

Take in the romance and magnificence of Chatsworth House, Bakewell

Chatsworth House

Discover this magnificent manor house in the heart of the Peak District and enjoy a day wandering expertly-painted corridors, listening to stories from the property’s past and book a romantic meal at the 2 AA Rosette fine dining The Gallery Restaurant 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.

Stay in a romantic retreat:

Old Well Cottage | sleeps 4 and 2 dogs | 4 miles away

Escape to the fairy-tale village of Ashford-in-the-Water

Ashford-in-the-Water

Touted as one of the Peak District’s prettiest villages, Ashford-in-the-Water is the ideal location for a romantic holiday escape. Its riverside location, with the wonderful River Wye rushing past, creates a relaxed atmosphere and there’s a village pub where you can spend your evenings.

There’s little else to complicate life in this quiet village - it’s a true peaceful escape. However, Ashford-in-the-Water is wonderfully central with Bakewell, the Monsal trail and the Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve all within 3 miles.

Get exploring and discover the Peak District National Park on a romantic break with the scenic and peaceful village of Ashford-in-the-Water as your holiday base.

Stay in a romantic retreat:

The Smithy | sleeps 2 | less than 0.5 miles from the village centre

Stay in Ashford-in-the-Water

Go below ground at Poole's Cavern & Buxton Country Park, Buxton

Poole's Caverm & Buxton Country Park

See stalagmites and stalactites in the limestone caverns below Buxton and book a guided tour to hear about these ancient tunnels.

Above ground, there are woodland walks to uncover including a sculpture trail for the creatives who’d like to take in a little art during their time here. Any adventurous couple will no doubt prefer to take on the Go Ape course and clamber through the treetops in this atmospheric environment and if you’re up for a 20-minute walk, you could head over to Solomon's Temple, an old folly set on Grin Hill from which you can take in excellent views of High Peak.

Stop by the visitor centre when you arrive for more information and to grab a hot drink at the café.

Stay in a romantic retreat:

Chapter House | sleeps 4 and 1 dog | 1 mile away

Discover the medieval atmosphere of Haddon Hall, Bakewell

Haddon House

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 visit to this extraordinary old place to visit in Derbyshire.

Stay in a romantic retreat:

Chalice Cottage | sleeps 3 | 3 miles away

Let those views take your breath away at Stanage Edge, Hope Valley

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.

Stay in a romantic retreat:

Ringinglow Toy Cottage | sleeps 2 | 3.5 miles away

Stay in the Hope Valley region

Head to a local brewery!

Thornbridge 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.

Stay in a romantic retreat:

Nancy's Shepherds Hut | sleeps 2 | less than 200 metres from Wincle Brewery

Sugar Cottage | sleeps 4 | 0.5 miles from Thornbridge Brewery

There are so many fantastic romantic things to do throughout the incredible Peak District, you’ll be spoilt for choice during your holiday there.

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.

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

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