Valentine's Day is a great excuse to surprise someone you love and make memories that you can both treasure, so get yourselves to the Peak District for stunning countryside and romantic views.

There're loads of lovely things you do can do with your other/better half in Derbyshire and the Peak District, but here are a few of our faves...

Go Star Gazing in the Peak District Countryside

Grab a blanket, a flask of hot chocolate and watch the stars light up the Winter sky- the Peak District is known for it's 'Dark Skies'- beautiful places without light pollution. These places are ideal spots for stargazers. What could be more romantic than snuggling up under the bright stars?

Parkhouse Hill is a great place for stargazing- photographed by SLP Photography

There are 3 official 'dark sky' sites, known for being the best spots in the Peak District national park, with car parks located at:

  • Surprise View, near Hathersage
  • Parsley Hay, near Hartington (SK17 0DG)
  • Minninglow at Pikehall (DE4 2PN)

Chatsworth Estate

If you or your partner are fans of the Keira Knightly film adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, Chatsworth Estate would be a wonderfully romantic place to explore on Valentine's Day- as this was the location for Mr Darcy's Pemerbley estate. Plus, of course, it's just a stunning place to spend a day!

Chatsworth by Tom Hodgson Photography

The village of Edensor is the nearest to Chatsworth and has a charming tea room if you're looking for a slice of cake and a warm drink!

Stroll along the River Wye at Bakewell and to the Love-Lock Bridge!

Bakewell is a lovely town, and one of the nicest things to do is have a riverside stroll along the Wye. Start on the town's 13th century five-arched bridge, walking down to the river via a small gate on your left just after the bridge walking away from the town itself. There you can walk along the river, and back again- this is also a wonderful place for a picnic! If you go back over the bridge you can continue the riverside walk on the other side. It's on this side of the river that you'll find Bakewell's Love Lock Bridge!

Bakewell is such a nice place to spend the day as a couple, there are many lovely shops, cafes and pubs for you to explore.

Click here for places to stay in Bakewell.

Lyme Park - Do some wooing, Mr Darcy Style (without making your shirt go all see-through)...

Lyme Park was the BBC's location for Mr Darcy's Pemerbley, and is another fantastically romantic place to go for a Pride & Prejudice inspired countryside walk!

Please note that House at Lyme Park is closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

Hike to the top of Parkhouse Hill and Enjoy the View!

The hike up to the top of Parkhouse and/or Chrome Hill is one of the most rewarding walks in the Peaks- there's a steep walk up (and tricky descent) but views are like nowhere else... why not share this with the one you love!

Photo by SLP Photography

One of the best places to park for this walk is Earl Sterndale. Walk up past the Quiet Woman pub and over some fields. Down to a stile, cross the road and you're there! It's best to bring a map and compass however as the way back can be trickier- and of course, wear walking boots!

Riverside Stroll at Lathkill Dale

Lathkill Dale is a wonderfully relaxing walk, with some of the finest limestone dales in the area, it's stunning all year round. Follow the river over it's weirs and up onto the village of Over Haddon. 

This easy walk is completely stress-free, making it better for the hand-holding type of romantic countryside walk rather than a full-on hike!

Book your romantic break in the Peak District and Derbyshire now! 




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