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, romantic views and great restaurants to boot!
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 tea, chocolates and watch the stars light up the Winter sky- the Peak District is known for it’s ‘Dark Skies’ making it the ideal place to go for stargazers. What could be more romantic than snuggling up under the bright stars?
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)
If you or your partner are fans of the Keira Knightly film adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, a walk around the 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 anyway.
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 one side, entering via a small gate just after the bridge, you can walk along the river, and back again. If you go over the bridge you can continue the river 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.
Lyme Park – Mr Darcy Style (but without making your shirt go all see-through….)
Well, 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!
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 some of the finest limestone dales in the area and is stunning all year round. Follow the river Wye over it’s weirs and up onto the village of Over Haddon.
This easy walk is completely stress-free, making it better for more of the hand-holding type countryside walk rather than a full-on hike!
If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a cosy meal or a place to stay in Derbyshire and the Peak District…
Valentines at Peak Edge
Dine and Stay at the Award-Winning Casa Hotel
OR if you’re planning on making some wedding plans this Valentine’s Day, check out our Wedding Page, here.