There's nowhere quite as romantic as the rolling hills, craggy outcrops, and crystal lakes of the beautiful Lake District, so we've put together a guide to the top 10 romantic Lake District activities for you to enjoy with your loved one!
1. Hire a rowing boat on Windermere
One of the Lake District's most popular lakes, Windermere is England's longest lake and is surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. You can hire a traditional rowing boat from Windermere Lake Cruises and take to the water to enjoy a different view of the fells. If the weather's not up to scratch for rowing, why not hire a luxury motor boat instead, or hop on one of the cruisers, where you can sit back and let someone else do the steering!
Return to dry land at one of our cottages near Windermere.
2. Take a picnic on the shores of Ullswater
Ullswater is widely considered the most beautiful of the Lake District lakes and is said to be the inspiration for William Wordsworth's beloved poem, Daffodils. There are plenty of places to picnic around the shores, but we particularly like Glencoyne Bay on the western edge of the lake.
If it's a bit nippy for sitting outside and munching on sandwiches, why not head to one of the jetties around Ullswater and jump on a heritage 'Steamer'. You can explore the lake whilst enjoying your homemade meal for two, and all the Ullswater 'Steamers' have the advantage of an onboard bar so you don't even have to bring your own champagne!
3. Snuggle up in front of an open fire
Picture the scene: you've had a long day exploring the Lake District, you've enjoyed the scenery, but your legs are ready to rest and you head back to your romantic holiday cottage, pour a glass of wine, and snuggle down in front of a crackling open fire with your other half. Bliss! Pop on the TV, enjoy a game of cards, or sit back with a good book - you deserve it!
If you're out and about and want to enjoy the benefits of a roaring fire, check out our guide to pubs with fireplaces!
4. Enjoy a meal for two at a special restaurant
There are some wonderful restaurants all around the Lake District where you can enjoy a romantic meal for two. The Trout Hotel in Cockermouth has recently been voted locally as the best romantic restaurant in West Cumbria. The Cottage in the Woods in Whinlatter is a great place for a really special treat, or Zefirelli's in Ambleside is a constant favourite.
Wherever you dine, we have your perfect cottage nearby.
5. Stroll around peaceful Loweswater
Sometimes you and your other half just want to get away from it all and enjoy a gentle stroll by yourselves. Loweswater is one of the lesser-known of the lakes and is blissfully tranquil because of it. Its gentle woodland walks, hidden waterfall, and pebbled shores make it perfect for a relaxing walk. If you want something a bit more strenuous, visit the neighbouring lakes of Buttermere and Crummock, which are surrounded by fells such as Haystacks, High Stile, and Melbreak.
Find a cottage near Loweswater.
6. Live Alpacaly Ever After
Perhaps the most unusual suggestion on our list, Alpacaly Ever After is the number one alpaca experience! Set on the Lingholm Estate on the shores of Derwentwater, here you can enjoy a guided walk around the private park, get up close and personal with the alpaca, help with feeding time, and even take them for a swim! It's an experience you won't forget and perfect if you and your partner are looking for something a little different to do during your romantic break! This is a popular activity, so booking is essential!
Browse our cottages near Derwentwater.
7. Take to the skies
Is there anything more romantic than gently floating through the air over the Lake District at dawn? This is one for the early risers but absolutely worth it. Pendle & Cumbria Balloon Flights has a professional group of pilots that fly you over Coniston and Windermere for a truly breathtaking and unforgettable experience.
Read our blog for other ways to take to the Lake District skies.
See our cottages in the South Lakes.
8. Stroll through the grounds of a stately home
Take yourselves back to the time of chivalry at one of the beautiful Lake District stately homes and castles. Muncaster Castle has a romantic Georgian terrace with pretty summer houses and fabulous views; Lowther Castle is a romantic and dramatic ruin with extensive grounds to explore; or Dalemain Mansion - home to the annual Marmalade Festival - is full of history and surrounded by parkland.
Read more in our blog about the Top 10 Historic Houses in the Lake District.
9. Escape to the Eden Valley
This quiet corner of Cumbria remains relatively undiscovered by the population at large. It's incredible that such a beautiful area is known by so few people, but that gives the Eden Valley the benefit of remaining tranquil and unspoiled - perfect for a peacefully romantic getaway. The lush countryside, woodlands, and pretty sandstone hamlets make you feel you've escaped to a place that the 21st century forgot. Whether you go walking, explore the history of the area, or discover the area on two wheels, there is plenty to keep you both busy!
Discover your perfect Eden Valley holiday cottage.
10. Explore the coast
Not just mountains and lakes, the Lake District has something for those who love to be beside the seaside, too! Ravenglass is the only coastal village in the Lake District and boasts an interesting Roman history along the sandy beaches of the estuary where three rivers meet the sea. You can also hop onto the Ravenglass & Eskdale miniature steam railway for a short journey into beautiful Eskdale. Further north lies the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: enjoy a drive along the coast before grabbing your fish 'n' chips and settling down to watch a stunning sunset.
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