The Lake District has long been a popular romantic destination – and it’s easy to see why. With its majestic hills, sweeping fells and vast collection of sparkling lakes and tarns, the stunning landscapes of the region are likely to stir passion in even the most stolid souls.
Add to this a plethora of outdoor activities ideal for enjoying with a loved one, plus local villages and towns so picturesque they seemed designed for romantic getaways, and it’s easy to see why the Lake District has long been one of the UK’s top romantic destinations.
Are you considering booking a romantic break in the Lakes this year? Read on to discover our guide to enjoying the perfect romantic Lake District getaway.
When to book
The Lake District makes a fantastic romantic destination all through the year. However, the kind of holiday you’ll have will vary depending on the season, so it’s important you consider all the possibilities carefully before booking.
The most popular time of year to visit the Lakes is during the summer months. This is when the weather is most likely to be fair, making it easier for holidaymakers to enjoy the many outdoor activities that are on offer. However, this is also peak tourist season, meaning that prices skyrocket and there can be problems with crowds.
Instead of planning a summer visit, you might want to consider timing your visit with spring or autumn instead. The weather may be a little less predictable, but is still likely to be fair (at least some of the time). Plus, the sight of springtime lambs or autumnal foliage is not to be missed.
Finally, don’t dismiss a winter break in the Lake District. Snowfall is not uncommon in these parts, which makes for some stunning views. While some outdoor activities will be limited, this just leaves more time for walking hand in hand along frozen footpaths and romantic evenings snuggled in front of the fire.
What to do
There is certainly no shortage of romantic things to do in the Lake District, whatever the weather. Here are just some of the best attractions and activities on offer:
- Take a scenic train ride – hop aboard one of the historic steam trains running through the region
- Take to the waves – whether it’s a hop across the lake, a full-on cruise or your own personal rowboat, it’s never hard to enjoy a boat ride in the Lake District
- Go for a walk – get up close and personal to some of the UK’s most beautiful scenery by following one of the region’s numerous trails (we’ve highlighted five of the best here)
- Ride a horse through the wilderness – channel your inner Austen hero or heroine and hightail it to one of the many horse riding centres the Lake District has to offer
- Sip champagne several thousand feet in the air – on a hot air balloon ride over Lake Windermere
Where to eat
The Lake District doesn’t only have countryside scenery to offer – it’s also packed with exciting eateries just perfect for enjoying a romantic meal with your loved one. Michelin-starred restaurants in the area include L’enclume at Cartmel and the Samling at Windermere, both of which offer mouth-watering food and breath-taking views
If you’re on a budget, meanwhile, you can still dine in style. Indeed, thanks to the abundance of farm shops and farmers’ markets, self-catering holidaymakers can enjoy deliciously fresh, local food in the comfort of their own kitchens.
Where to stay
Skelwith Fold might be a caravan park, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay in a caravan. We offer a range of luxurious woodland Hideaways ideal for couples looking to enjoy a luxurious getaway in the heart of the Lake District countryside.
They offer the experience of living close to nature, but don’t skimp on the indoor comforts, from real double beds and power showers to flat screen TVs and a fully equipped kitchen. Plus, every Hideaway comes with its own private decking and outdoor BBQ area, meaning that you can sip wine with your dinner while watching the local red squirrels and deer pass by.
Interested in booking one of our exclusive Hideaways for your romantic Lake District getaway? Click here to find out more and check availability. And, if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to get in touch.