With its stunning landscapes, unique places to stay, and fantastic food and drink, the Lake District is a romantic’s dream - and the perfect place to pop the question! If you’re planning a proposal, check out our guide to some of the most beautiful locations to pick for the special moment.

On the beach

Sand between your toes, ocean waves lapping at the shore, Lakeland mountains in the background: Cumbria’s beaches are ruggedly romantic, and the perfect place for a coastal proposal. We’ve got over 120 miles of coastline, dotted with some stunning beaches, so take your pick. St Bees, Silecroft, Ravenglass and Haverigg are just a few of our top picks.

Valentine's in the Lake District, Cumbria

Claife Viewing Station

A stunning viewpoint on Lake Windermere’s western shore, Claife Viewing Station offers panoramic views across the water - and a unique setting in which to pop the question. Enjoy a gentle stroll up to the viewpoint, and get down on one knee in front of a stained glass lined archway, with Lake Windermere just below. Then, head back to the Station courtyard to toast the occasion and celebrate over a picnic.

Claife Viewing Point

Scafell Pike

What could be better than the feeling of scaling England’s highest mountain? Getting engaged on top of it! If you’re an adventure loving couple, this could be just the place to pop the question. If you are planning on reaching the summit before you propose, make sure you’re both physically fit and well prepared for the mountain climb.

Scafell Pike

Under the stars

Did you know? Cumbria has some of the darkest skies in the country - which means you could be proposing under an inky black sky filled with the glow of thousands of stars. From the Dark Sky Discover Site of Low Gillerthwaite, to the beautiful Wasdale Valley, there are plenty of locations to choose from. Don’t forget to pack a flask of something warm and celebratory! 

Dark Sky Cumbria

On a boat

For a romantic and intimate proposal, it’s time to head out onto the water. Hire a rowing boat on one of our lakes and paddle away with your love, before popping the question in a secluded cove. Or, take a cruise and ask that all important question while out on the water! Try Windermere Lake Cruises or Ullswater Steamers.

Ullswater Steamers Proposal

By a waterfall

A walk through Lakeland landscapes, culminating at a spectacular waterfall for the big question. What could be more romantic? Aira Force is one of the area’s most popular, but if you’re after a more peaceful location with fewer people around, there’s plenty to choose from including Cautley Spout, Stanley Ghyll Force and Ashgill Force. Check out the waterfalls of the Lake District, Cumbria, here to get inspired. 

Waterfalls of the Lake District

Castlerigg stone circle

This impressive stone circle boasts an equally impressive location, with Helvellyn and High Seat providing a striking backdrop. Visit at sunrise for a romantic setting and a little more privacy, before heading into nearby Keswick for breakfast.

Castlerigg Stone Circles

In England’s official book town

Begin the next chapter of your love story in Sedbergh: England’s official book town. Packed with charm, this romantic town is nestled in the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales in Cumbria. Once you’ve popped the question, head to a specialty book shop to pick up a literary memento of your special occasion to cherish forever, before relaxing over dinner at the Black Bull Inn.

Sedbergh - Book Town

In a castle

Begin your engagement like royalty with a proposal in one of the Lake District, Cumbria’s historic castles. There are plenty to choose from: Lowther Castle and Muncaster Castle both have stunning gardens in which to propose; Augill Castle offers comfortable rooms and a fantastic restaurant; while the ruins of Kendal Castle are rugged and romantic.

Lowther Castle

Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall has stood the test of time, so it’s the perfect place to cement your love with a marriage proposal! Nearby, the city of Carlisle is a great place to celebrate. There are plenty of impressive Roman forts along the Cumbrian section of the wall; alternatively, why not pack a picnic and pick a peaceful spot along the Hadrian’s Wall Path?

Hadrian's Wall

Ennerdale Water

A glacial lake in the Western Lake District, this remote haven boasts clear waters and a peaceful location. Set amidst the beautiful Ennerdale Valley, you’re likely to have its shores to yourself for a proposal to remember.

Ennerdale Water

Get a room

Want to propose in the privacy of your own room, just you and your other half? We’ve got some spectacular places to stay, and some even offer dedicated proposal packages to make the occasion even more memorable. Storrs Hall Hotel offers a location on the shores of Lake Windermere, alongside rose petals, champagne and fairy lights; Broadoaks Country House Hotel provides dedicated proposal packages in the heart of the Lakes; while many of our wonderful hotels will be happy to help make your proposal as special as possible.

Storrs Hall Proposal

Image: Storrs Hall

Can’t make it to propose in person, but still want a taste of the Lake District, Cumbria, in your special moment? Why not order a feast from a Michelin starred chef to enjoy at home, accompanied by some local delicacies? Home by Simon Rogan delivers restaurant quality meals from Michelin starred chef, Simon Rogan. Toast with a local gin or beer, followed by an after dinner coffee roasted right here in the Lakes. You can even get your ring here: Fultons Lakes Jewellery Works make all their pieces in their Keswick workshop, and offer online shopping too.

Rogan at Home

Image: Home by Simon Rogan

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