Things to do in the Lake District for couples holiday cottages

Things to do in the Lake District for couples

Kim 11 January 2022

There are a huge number of things to do in the Lake District for couples. Romantic boat rides, invigorating mountain walks, quirky excursions… We’ve put together a list of our absolute favourites, but we couldn’t possibly include them all here! You can find even more days out and ideas for couples in our things to do guide

Go boating

Boat on Loweswater

You can hop on a cruise boat on many of the lakes, but we think the better option is to hire a rowing boat! You can do so at most of the lakes, so pick your favourite location and hop aboard! You can hark back to a previous era with parasol in hand or get involved and get rowing! If the weather’s nice, why not put down your oars and float in blissful serenity? Just watch out for other watercraft!

Meet an alpaca

Meet an Alpaca Photo credit Alpacaly Ever After

These adorably fluffy creatures are an absolute delight to meet, feed, and walk through the beautiful Lake District. If you’re after something a little bit different, an alpaca walk with Alpacaly Ever After near Keswick makes for a wonderful day out in the Lake District for couples. Walk with the friendly alpacas or go on a hike with a fascinating llama!

Get out on two wheels

Bike next to Ennerdale Water

Zip down mountain passes, career along forest paths, or gently glide along flat coastal routes. If you’re a lover of cycling - or just fancy giving it a go during your stay - you’ll find plenty of options in the Lake District and Cumbria. Both mountain biking and road cycling are in abundance, and you can hire bikes - including e-bikes - from numerous locations if you don’t fancy bringing your own. You can even hire tandem bikes for the ultimate couple’s cycling experience!

Read about our favourite Lake District cycling routes.

Enjoy a spa day

Spa Day at Armathwaite Hall Spa

Pack your cossie and head to one of the fabulous Lake District spas for a luxurious day of relaxation and pampering for you and your other half. There are all sorts of treatments available, from facials and massages to mud baths and body wraps. You can get a sweat on at the gym before relaxing again in the pools, saunas and hot tubs. Delightful!

Discover the ten best spas in the Lake District.

Eat a quality meal

Picnic by Derwentwater

The Lake District truly is a foodie paradise and you can whet your appetite at both cosy local pubs and high-end Michelin restaurants. Or, if you want to DIY it - think candlelight dinners and romantic lakeside picnics - why not make use of the amazing local produce on offer? Pick something up at a local supplier or get a meal delivered to your door!

Find the best places to eat in the Lake District.

Visit Grasmere and Rydal Water

Rydal Water

Visit any of the Lake District lakes for a great day out for couples, but we particularly like Grasmere and Rydal for their beauty and charm. This pair of small lakes provide an easy circular walk, with plenty of interest on the way. Explore hidden caves, pop into stately homes, or even take a dip in the water! Once you’re back in the village of Grasmere, you can treat yourself to some famous Grasmere Gingerbread®.

Try an adventure

Paddleboarding near KeswickPhoto credit Keswick Adventures

Are you a couple that likes to get the adrenaline pumping? Then an outdoor adventure is just the thing for you.

The Lake District is a giant playground for outdoor activity lovers, offering pursuits such as climbing, ghyll scrambling and paddleboarding. If you’re experienced, you can go at it on your own, but there are also lots of wonderful outdoor adventure companies who will take you out for a rip-roaring time!

Find out more about outdoor adventures in the Lake District.

Take a starlit stroll

Bassenthwaite Lake at night

If you’re looking for romantic things to do in the Lake District, then you couldn’t choose better than a wonderful starlit stroll on a crystal-clear night. Find some of the darkest skies in the country alongside gently lapping lakes, on a wide-open moor, or, for those experienced in night hiking, up on the tallest fells.

Stargazing is often best done on a cool night, so make sure you wrap up cosy and warm and take a hot drink with you. The colder weather also gives you a great excuse to cuddle up close!

Discover 9 stargazing spots in the Lake District and Cumbria.

Float through the air

Hot air balloon

Fancy seeing the Lake District from a completely different angle? Well, you’ll want to get up as high as possible!

For something really romantic, book an experience in a hot air balloon and watch the sun rise or set as you glide elegantly over Windermere and the South Lakes. Toast to your partner with your heads - almost literally - in the clouds. You won’t want to come back down to earth!

Read about 7 ways to take to the Lake District skies.

Learn a new skill

Cookery class

Do you and your other half love experiencing new things? Taking a class or short course while you’re visiting the Lake District is an amazing way to spend some quality time together. From popular cookery classes to Quirky Workshop crafts, there’s something to suit every taste.

Visit a hidden waterfall

Stanley Ghyll waterfall

There’s little more romantic than discovering a quiet forest dell and hearing the splashing refrains of a tumbling waterfall. Take a walk to one of the falls in the Lake District with your significant other and you’ll enjoy a delightful hour or two chasing the river.

We reveal where you can find the best Lake District waterfalls.

Take a brewery or distillery tour

For duos who enjoy a tipple, get yourself on a distillery or brewery tour at the headquarters of one of the quality makers in the Lake District. Guides will show you how their drinks are made, and you can usually enjoy a few samples once you’re done. Then, of course, you can pick yourself up a treat at the gift shop!

Read our guide to the Lake District's breweries.

Climb a mountain

Langdale Pikes

You’re in the Lake District, so you just have to climb a mountain - it’s practically the law! But don’t worry, if you’re not a big hiker, there are lots of small and easy fells to climb. You can even drive halfway up some of them!

Climbing a mountain with your partner is a wonderful way to spend time together and really feel like you’ve achieved something as a couple. You can encourage each other when things get tough and then sit and take a quiet moment admiring the views once you reach the peak. What more could you want from your time together?

Be inspired by our favourite Lake District walks.

Romantic self-catering Lake District cottages

If you’re looking forward to a romantic break, browse our holiday cottages for two. They’re the perfect base for days out in the Lake District for couples!

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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