It may not be a usual Valentines day in 2021 as we know you can’t bring your better half for that romantic break away just at the moment, however it is the perfect time to plan that little getaway for later in the year. If you are looking for the perfect place to gaze into each other’s eyes and whisper sweet nothings with the emotive landscape as a luscious backdrop, there is only one place to consider – the Lake District, Cumbria.

If you are looking for inspiration to wow the love of your life, we have helpfully created the top five romantic experiences in the Lake District, Cumbria to help you.

1. Love is in the fresh air.

The Lake District, Cumbria is the land that exhilarated some of our finest poets. Take a romantic walk in the countryside that inspired William Wordsworth to produce his greatest works. From the majestic waterfall at Aira Force to a stroll around his favourite lake at Rydal. You can even visit the poet’s former homes, that still look the same as they were in Wordsworth’s day.

Rydal Water - perfect for a romantic walk

2. The food of love

There is no more romantic a date than a fine meal for two. The Lake District, Cumbria is blessed with restaurants that offer a dining experience you will remember for many years. There is a galaxy of Michelin Stars in the area from the majestic stately home of Askham Hall and the restaurant Allium serving the finest food with produce grown on the Askham Estate.

Askham Hall

The Cottage in the Wood is situated within the mountain forest of Whinlatter and serves delicious meals using the finest ingredients from Cumbria and further afield.
The Cottage In The Wood

Other perfect venues for a cosy meal listed in the Michelin guide include The Old Stamphouse in Ambleside – set in the former workplace of William Wordsworth. Hrishi at the Gilpin Hotel and Lake House serves tapas-style pan-Asian dishes, so it might be worth making a weekend of it! The South Cumbrian village of Cartmel is home to two restaurants in the guide; Rogan and Co and L’Enclume.

Until you are allowed to visit again why not try some recipes from Cumbria’s finest chefs, plus find out how some of Cumbria's finest Chefs and food producers do it, with our bitesize interviews.

3. The love boat

The Lake District, Cumbria is all about lakes – the clue is in the name! The water is enshrined in the romance of the area. A stroll around the lake as the sun sets behind the fells, the only sounds are the birds tweeting and the water lapping the shore. Why not try a cruise on a historic vessel on Windermere, Coniston, Ullswater or Derwentwater. If you are looking for that special place to propose, there is nowhere more perfect.

Ullswater Steamers

4. Stay in a castle

Looking to impress your other half? You’ll struggle to do better than a stay in a real life castle. Augill Castle near Kirkby Stephen has all the luxury you’d expect from a home of such grandeur. Alongside the obligatory tea and coffee in your room you will even find sherry.

Augill Castle

5. Stay in a romantic bolthole

The essential part of a romantic break is the right accommodation. In the Lake District, Cumbria we have something to suit every taste. How about a spa break to allow you both to fully relax? Or maybe you'd prefer to admire the view from your cottage whilst bubbling away in a hot tub

Accommodation with hot tubs in the Lake District Cumbria

Maybe you would like a romantic retreat in an idyllic Lake District cottage? If you are a couple that likes the great outdoors you could always try Lake District camping or for that spot of luxury – glamping.

Glamping in the Lake District, Cumbria

For more ideas and inspiration on romantic escapes to the Lake District, Cumbria, head to our Romantic breaks page.




  1. sansi
    If you want a weekend away with a plethora of walks and eateries, keswick is the place to go, all pubs hotels restaurants are in this fab little town, Cumbria is amazing with lots of towns and we've tried them all but keswick has stolen our hearts

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