Romantic Breaks in The Lakes

If you’ve ever visited the Lake District, you’ll probably understand why it holds the title of ‘most romantic destination in the UK’.  It’s an accolade that’s been backed up by two centuries’ worth of Romantic poets and painters after all. A UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting jaw-dropping vistas and secluded, picture-book, beauty spots, it’s easy to see why so many have a long-running love affair with the English Lakes. So, what to do on a romantic trip to the Lakes?

 

Love is in the air

If taking a windswept walk with your loved one is on the agenda, you’ve come to the right place. Walking is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the most popular thing to do while staying in the Lake District. From a genteel stroll around Grasmere Lake to more challenging hikes to earn yourselves some panoramic mountain views, there’s plenty of routes to choose from. Climb Darling Fell – romantic by name and by nature – and find yourself a viewpoint to watch the sunset, or head to Skelwith Bridge to take in a delightful waterfall.  With so many fells and lakes, you’ll often find yourselves totally alone, even in peak tourist season. Have a look at some our favourite routes in our walking guide, from our hotel reception.

Come Sail Away

Surely there is no more romantic way to pop the question than in a rowing boat for two on gentle Grasmere? Faeryland, on the shores of Grasmere has a magic all of its own, as the name may suggest. The peaceful waters and beautiful scenery provide the perfect backdrop for a proposal – just keep hold of the ring!

If rowing isn’t your thing, you may like to hire a private motorboat to sail around Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, at your own pace. Take in the vast mountain scenery, explore wooded islands or drop anchor in a secluded bay to watch the sunset over the lake.

 

Set Your Hearts Racing

Between Coniston and Windermere, you’ll find Grizedale Forest, home to miles of waymarked footpaths and bike trails. Boost your heart rate while taking in the unrivalled views of the lakes and mountains under the shelter of the trees and amazing forest sculptures. If you’re looking for some high adrenaline activities why not hire an all-terrain forest Segway or bring out your inner-Tarzan or Jane on the zip-wires and high ropes of the Go Ape Tree Top course?

 

Poolside R’n’R

Whether you’ve bagged a Wainwright or pottered around the shores of Grasmere, returning to a relaxing sauna and a soak in a bubbling jacuzzi is the ideal way to recharge and unwind as a couple. Have a dip in the swimming pool or while away a few hours curled up on a lounger with a good book.

 

Dinner Dates

As the birthplace of classic dishes such as sticky toffee pudding and Cumberland sausage, Cumbria is a food lover’s paradise brimming with numerous locally produced award-winning meats and cheeses, jams and relishes. The village of Grasmere is of course synonymous with Grasmere Gingerbread®, baked in a tiny shop, which was formerly Victorian cook Sarah Nelson’s cottage home. The Wordsworth Hotel is ideally positioned right next to the shop and no trip to Grasmere is complete without an edible souvenir!

You’ll have no shortage of fabulous eateries to choose from when refuelling after a day in the mountains. Though it goes without saying that dining at the Signature Restaurant is a must if you’re staying at The Wordsworth! The ambience is quietly sophisticated, the layout spacious yet intimate and there’s a fantastic range of robust local produce on the menu, which is creatively delivered in a delicate, fine-dining style. Combine flickering candlelight with exceptional cuisine and friendly service and you have a recipe for romance.

Whisk your loved one away to Grasmere this Valentine’s Day and enjoy a relaxing break, or browse our gift vouchers online and find an experience you can share together at a later date. Our vouchers are valid for 18 months.