7 Best Things to do in the Peak District for Couples

Located in the heart of England, the Peak District is a National Park that contains some of the most stunning landscapes, picturesque towns, and beautiful hills in the country.

It’s for this reason that the Peak District is one of the best destinations in the UK for couples looking for a romantic getaway together.

From exploring the scenic hills to visiting the historic towns and landmarks nestled within the peaks, these are some of the best things to do in the Peak District for couples.

1. Explore the gardens of Chatsworth House

One of the most impressive places to visit within the Peak District is Chatsworth House, a beautiful Grade 1 listed property dating back to the 17th century.

While exploring the house itself is a lot of fun, with 25 rooms containing art and exhibitions covering thousands of years of history, the 105-acre garden is particularly beautiful and one of the most romantic locations in the Peak District.

The rock garden at Chatsworth House
The rock garden at Chatsworth

There are plenty of different sections within the garden to discover, including an amazing Rock Garden, maze, and kitchen garden.

The standout landmark to see in the garden is the Cascade, a water feature that makes a great backdrop for a romantic picnic, as well as being one of the most Instragrammable spots in the Peak District.

A view down the Cascade in the gardens of Chatsworth House
A view down the Cascade

2. Cross the stepping stones at Dovedale

For an amazingly picturesque spot in the Peak District, make sure not to miss out on visiting Dovedale in the south of the National Park.

The River Dove winds its way through this beautiful ravine, and walking all the way to the tiny hamlet of Milldale is a great hike to do, especially on a sunny day.

But it’s the stepping stones that are the most famous feature of Dovedale and are a lot of fun to cross. Sit on one of the grassy slopes nearby for one of the most beautiful and romantic picnic spots in the Peak District.

The stepping stones at Dovedale in the Peak District, with people crossing the river
People crossing the stepping stones at Dovedale

3. Take a scenic hike

Being a National Park, the Peak District contains incredible landscapes that are the perfect settings for hikes with stunning views.

From beautiful valleys and up impressive hills and peaks, there are many brilliant routes to follow depending on how intensive you want.

A view over the hills of the Peak District near Derwent Reservoir
Views across the Peak District

We recommend heading into the Dark Peak in the north of the National Park, such as around Edale, where you’ll find the higher and wilder landscapes. 

One of the best things to do in the Peak District for couples is to plan out a walk so you can enjoy a scenic picnic with a view of the rolling hills before you.

A view of the Ladybower Reservoir in the Peak District
A view of the Ladybower Reservoir

4. Cycle along the Tissington Trail

One particularly great route through the Peak District is the Tissington Trail, which follows the former Buxton to Ashbourne railway.

Not only is this 13-mile trail an amazing option for hikers, but the car-free route is also perfect for cyclists to explore this part of the National Park.

You don’t even need your own bike – you can hire one in Ashbourne at the southern end of the trail then cycle north following the route into the Peak District.

If you follow the Tissington Trail, make sure to stop by the Tissington itself, which is one of the most picturesque villages in the National Park.

The outside of Tissington Hall in Tissington, a stop off point on the Tissington Trail and one of the best things to do in the Peak District for couples
Tissington Hall

5. Get a tasty treat from Bakewell

One place that should be at the top of your list to visit is Bakewell, a market town on the River Wye with lovely streets that wander around as part of a romantic stroll.

Bakewell is especially famous for one thing – Bakewell tarts. You’ll find lots of shops in the town sell it, including the aptly-named Original Bakewell Pudding Shop.

Did you know?

The Bakewell tart dates back to the 19th century and is thought to have first been baked as a mistake, after the cook tried to create a jam tart. However, the outcome was a success and the recipe is well loved to this day.

The town is also a good stop off point as part of a bigger day out in the Peak District, being closer to two popular tourist attractions in the area – Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall.

6. Relax at a spa in Buxton

Buxton is a spa town on the edge of the Peak District, with a geothermal spring having been used since Roman times (the only other Roman bath town in Britain being Bath, which is also one of the funnest things to do in Somerset for couples).

With the waters in Buxton having been enjoyed for hundreds of years, you can still pay a visit and unwind in one of the spas in the town.

For example, one of the best things to do in the Peak District for couples is spending some time in a spa such as Devonshire Spa, which is located within the grand 18th-century Devonshire Dome.

7. Take a plunge and go wild swimming

If you’re up for a fun activity in the wild and don’t mind straying away from the beaten track, why not look out for a spot to go wild swimming.

On the River Dane, Three Shires Head is one of the most popular spots for wild swimming. A series of pools and waterfalls make it a perfect location for a dip.

Other things to do near the Peak District for couples

Head to the Emma Bridgewater Factory

A short distance to the southwest of the Peak District, on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent, you can find the Emma Bridgewater Pottery Factory.

Not only does the factory house a shop with plenty of pottery with designs from the famous British designer, it’s also a great place to stop off for afternoon tea.

You can book an afternoon experience day, a factory tour, or, if you’re after a fun and artsy thing to do as a couple, you can even paint some pottery in their decorating studio.

A teapot and mugs at the Emma Bridgewater Pottery Factory
Tea at the Emma Bridgewater Factory

Go to Crich Tramway Village

One of the most unique things to do near the Peak District is visiting Crich Tramway Village, home of the National Tramway Museum.

Here, you can ride on a vintage tram down their period street. They also have a pub and tearooms, so it’s a great day out for couples!

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