The Lake District
10 Romantic things to do in the Lake District
There are few things in the world that are as romantic as the Lake District. The rolling hills, stunning lakes, and magnificent castles are the perfect backdrop for your perfect couple’s getaway. Of course, you won’t have to try too hard to find romantic things to do in the Lake District, but if you genuinely want to take your holiday to the next level, consider one of these ten activities for things to do when on a romantic break in the Lake District.
1. Hire a boat on Grasmere
The Grasmere is one of the Lake District’s most idyllic locations and the perfect home base for your romantic getaway. If you really want to see another side of the Lake District, consider hiring a rowboat to explore the Grasmere in style. You can rent boats for up to one hour, depending on demand and weather conditions.
You don’t need to book this activity in advance, so just work it into your schedule whenever you can.
2. Take a walk around Glencoyne Bay, Ullswater
One of the most romantic things to do in the Lake District for couples is taking a stroll around Glencoyne Bay in Ullswater. This walk was immortalised in William Wordsworth’s poem “Daffodils” and remains just as lovely today as when he originally wrote about it in the early 1800s.
The famous daffodils are abundant and beautiful, and you’ll stroll right through them as you walk along the edge of the bay. Although this walk is fairly popular, there’s a good chance that you might have parts of the path all to yourself.
3. Visit one of the Lake District’s many castles and historic houses
No visit to the Lake District is complete without a visit to its famous castles and manors. If you plan out your trip in advance, you can certainly see multiple residences over the course of a single day. Many of these homes have impressive architecture and craftsmanship, as well as remarkable grounds and trails.
Muncaster Castle is famous for its medieval tower-house and its impressive residents. Henry VI stayed in Muncaster during the War of the Roses. Allegedly, the late king left a drinking bowl at the castle where it remains today.
Lowther Castle is another impressive Lake District relic. Although it was demolished in 1957, the castle has been restored and renovated. Visit the grounds, and dine at their delicious cafe. Mirehouse is a famous family home and Lake District destination. Initially owned by the Earl of Derby, Mirehouse hosted famous poets like William Wordsworth. History and literature lovers will not want to miss this one.
4. Visit Dove Cottage in Grasmere
Dove Cottage is a must-visit Lake District destination, as it was the home of William Wordsworth from 1799 to 1808. Although the cottage is much more humble than a lot of other manors and castles, it’s steeped in history and full of relics from Wordsworth’s life.
The cottage remains untouched and reflective of Wordsworth’s time, and the wild gardens that surround it are a significant tourist attraction. If you love history, literature and want to see how the Lake District’s most famous resident lived, visit Dove Cottage.
5. Visit Hill Top House, home of Beatrix Potter
The Lake District’s other famous resident, Beatrix Potter, lived in Hill Top. Today her home is a cherished Lake District destination, full of artefacts and pieces of her personal life. Beatrix Potter is best known for her children’s book “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”. You can see all of the elements that inspired this children’s classic on Hill Top’s grounds.
Hill Top’s garden is a must-see for Peter Rabbit fans. You can also grab a bite to eat at the on-site cafe.
6. Aira Force Waterfalls Walk
This spectacular woodland walk will give you and your partner a whole new appreciation for the Lake District. Enjoy a variety of different walks for every skill level. Make sure that you bring proper footwear and rain gear, as the weather in the Lake District can turn on a dime.
Leashed dogs are welcome in Aira Force, and there’s plenty of parking right on-site. There’s also a tea room where you can grab a quick pre or post-hike bite. Aira Force tends to get fairly busy, so try to get there early to make the most of the peace and quiet.
7. Tarn Hows Walk
Tarn Hows is another great Lake District walk with a circular path that takes you past grazing sheep and cows and through the majestic countryside. You’ll get unparalleled views of the surrounding mountains and experience a different side of the Lake District.
8. Enjoy a performance at Theatre by the Lake
Theatre by the Lake is a locally renowned theatre that represents the best talent of Cumbria and the wider Lake District area. It’s a popular destination for both visitors and locals and a great way to experience a top-notch performance in a very romantic setting. The Theatre by the Lake operates all year round, with a changing roster of shows designed to delight all audiences.
9. Take a hot air balloon ride over Windermere
There are few things more romantic than enjoying a hot air balloon ride over tranquil Windermere Lake. You’ll see many of the Lake District’s valleys, lakes, and mountains from a whole new angle. Make sure that you book this trip in advance, as these rides tend to fill up quickly. It will be one of the more memorable things that you do in the Lake District.
10. Have a relaxing Spa break
Why not use your romantic vacation to get a little bit of pampering in? The Daffodil Hotel & Spa is a state-of-the-art luxury spa offering first-class treatments from all around the world. If you’re looking for a truly romantic experience, check out our Twilight Spa, where you spend three full hours being pampered in the lap of luxury.
The Lake District is one of the most romantic places that you and your partner can escape to. Make sure that you put this idyllic countryside gem on your bucket list.