Christmas is the most popular time to pop the question, so if you or someone you know is currently sitting with a ring burning a hole in their pocket, we wanted to give you some Peak District inspiration for romantic places to propose…
Here are 10 of our personal favourites…
1- Ilam Park/Dovedale
Ilam Park is gorgeous any time of day, but if you can get there in the morning, it’s stunning! It’s the perfect place for a peaceful and intimate proposal- this gorgeous place could make someone feel very special indeed.
Photo credit to F Stop Press
2- Monsal Head
Monsal Head has a view fit for an engagement- looking over Monsal Dale at sunset would be a wonderful setting to ask your other half to marry you. With the Viaducts in the distance, it’s so picturesque that no-one would be able to refuse!
Closest postcode: DE45 1NL
Phil Sproson Photography
3- Ladybower Reservoir
Ladybower is known for its serenity and beauty, so if your other half loves the calmness of a reservoir why not take them to Bamford Edge, looking down onto Ladybower Reservoir or right down to the waterfront, where the surroundings are reflected onto the water- either option would be terribly romantic!
Nearest postcode: S33 0AQ
Photo by Stephen Elliot
Chatsworth House is a beautiful place, but the surrounding grounds can sometimes be overlooked- taking a fresh Winter stroll through the house’s estate, with images of Pride & Prejudice running through your mind, could be an ideal place to ask for someone’s hand in marriage… especially if you know Mr Darcy’s ‘I love you’ speech off-by-heart…
Photo by Tom Hodgson Photography
This has to be one of the most dramatic landscapes in the Peak District- and so this view could be the perfect backdrop if you’re after a jaw-dropping proposal.
Closest postcode: S33 8WA
Photo by James Grant Photography
Solomon’s Temple (also known as Grin Low tower) near Buxton , set on the top of Grin Low hill, has spectacular views of the Peak District and Buxton- a very memorable place for your proposal to happen!
Closest postcode: SK17 9DH
Photo by Tesni Ward Photography
7-By the River at Goyt Valley
Lying just a few miles northwest of Buxton, the Goyt Valley is one of the most beautiful areas of the Peak District National Park. The most popular route into the valley is from the A5004, Long Hill road, between Buxton and Whaley Bridge. A narrow, picturesque road leads down to the two reservoirs. There are parking spaces at the foot of the slope, which is the best spot to walk beside Fernilee Reservoir on the right.
This easy three-mile circular walk starts from the small car park at Derbyshire Bridge, which is clearly signposted, about four miles west of Buxton, just down from the A537 Buxton to Macclesfield Road.
Passing along the old Buxton to Macclesfield road, it then crosses open moorland to reach the small packhorse bridge. It’s a very sweet bridge so anyone who loves the Peak District’s little quirks is sure to be overjoyed by getting asked the big question here!
Closest postcode: SK17 6GJ
8- Stanage Edge
As well as being another film location for Pride & Prejudice (the bit where Kiera Knightley is standing on the edge of a rock looking all pensive and wind-swept), it’s also full of beauty, expansive views and lots and lots of big rocks.
Photo by Mark Henson Photography
9-Bakewell’s Lovelock Bridge over the Wye
Lovelocks have become a big thing over the years and across the world. The bridge over the Wye at Bakewell is starting to accumulate a few of them so you could say this has become a sort-of romantic hub for Derbyshire.
There is a pay & display carpark very close to this bridge at Granby Road, Bakewell, DE45 1ES
Credit to James Grant Photography
10- Golden Clough Brook Bridge at Edale
Edale is a wonderful part of the Peak District- it’s the start of the Pennine Way and is home to some gorgeous nooks and crannies. One such example is the Golden Clough Bridge; just a short walk from the Nag’s Head pub. This little corner of the Peaks looks like something out of a Tolkien novel… it’s a very quiet and romantic part of the Peak District, so they are bound to say yes if you ask on this cute bridge!
Here’s a link about Edale’s nearby carpark but this is very easily accessible from Edale Train Station.
Now, all we have to say is GOOD LUCK!