Peak District Picnic Spots

Planning a picnic in the Peak District couldn't be easier and you are much spoilt for choice for places to enjoy a sandwich. You don't even have to venture far as our Peak Venue properties have plentiful gardens to sit out and enjoy all to yourself with spectacular views. However, if you are wanting to head out for the day then there are many particularly beautiful spots to have a picnic and breathe in the fresh air of the Peaks!

Nine Ladies Stone Circle 

A beautiful ancient bronze age site set a short walk from Stanton in the, a stone circle traditionally believed to depict nine ladies turned to stone as a penalty for dancing on Sunday. It is part of a complex of prehistoric circles and standing stones on Stanton Moor.  Being a hugely popular site, this spot can be busy during the summer months and in particular around the solstice. However, there are over 20 historical stone circles, cairns and henges in Derbyshire check out our stone circles blog here for more details on where to find these sites.

Stone Circles of Derbyshire

Padley Gorge

There is plenty to keep children entertained around Padley Gorge at this favourite picnic spot. One of the most mystical and magical places in the Peak District. This ancient woodland is a fairy glen of a place, with moss-covered tree roots creating hiding places for imaginary folk. A truly tranquil setting for a picnic.


A top spot for a picnic is the hills that overlook the Dovedale stepping stones, near Ashbourne, a lovely place to take a seat and enjoy a picnic with the family, with many long or short walks nearby and many caves to explore this spot has a lot to offer a walk up Dovedale from the car park and you will find the famous stepping stones!


Head down to the river on the ‘Chatsworth Estate’ and sit on the other side of the bank, enjoying the views of Chatsworth House, as the rippling water adds that little something extra to your experience, you can also purchase a selection of picnic hampers from The Chatsworth Farm Shop full of local delicacies.

Set out from the delightful village of Monyash and into Lathkill Dale, one of the most sublimely pretty parts of the Peak District is Lathkill Dale. There’s plenty of space to spread out in this valley hemmed in by incredible limestone features. And, of course, the village has a store and a pub in case you run out of crisps, pop, dips and any other picnic essentials.

Your trip here should be part of an action packed day – there is a great park in Monyash and the biking potential on the nearby Tissington Trail is enormous!