The glow of winter sunlight, sparkling frost on the trees and atmospheric fells quite rightly make the Lake District in winter one of the most romantic destinations in England. Even if the sun doesn't shine there are plenty of cosy pubs and cafes where you warm up next to a roaring open fire with a drink or delicious slice of cake in hand.
With Valentine's day on the horizon and falling this year on a Sunday you may be planning a trip to the Lake District to celebrate with your someone special. So we've put together our top 5 ways to spend the most romantic day of them all here in the Lake District:
1. Romance like a US President with a romantic walk round Ennerdale
Beautiful Ennerdale is one of the most westerly lakes in the Lake District and its position means it is less crowded then others and the perfect place to indulge in a walk just for two. The full circuit of the lake is 6.5 miles but there are good paths and you can follow much shorter trails if you wish. The water is very clear and surrounding mountain vistas are stunning. It is said that former US President Bill Clinton proposed to Hilary on the shores of Ennerdale and maybe its beauty will prompt you to ask the question?
2. Take a romantic boat trip on Ullswater
For sheer romantic beauty you can't beat a boat trip ride around Ullswater on one of the historic Ullswater Steamers. The views are breath-taking passing some of the Lake Districts highest mountains including Helvellyn. If the weather is a bit wintry there is covered seating upstairs and below deck along with plenty of facilities including bar, toilets and free Wi-Fi. Find out more:
3. Book a romantic guided walk from Beatrix Potter’s former home Hill Top
This year is a very special one for Beatrix Potter fans as it is 150 years since the author was born. On February 14th you can take a guided romantic walk and can discover the places that inspired the author in the very part of the Lake District where she fell in love. You can also complete your day with a visit to Hill Top as entry to the house is included in the ticket price. Find out more:
4. Visit Brantwood, one of the most beautifully situated houses in the Lake District.
On the shores of Coniston sits Brantwood, home of writer, artist and thinker John Ruskin in the one of most spectacular settings in the whole of Lakeland. The home is full of Ruskin's art and treasures and the dynamic estate with its gardens and ancient woods is the perfect place to spend a romantic afternoon. After spending time in the house and gardens, you can enjoy the amazing views of Coniston with tea and cake in the Brantwood restaurant. Find out more:
5. Indulge in afternoon tea in a Castle
A truly romantic way to celebrate Valentine's Day is in the elegant surroundings of Muncaster Castle near Ravenglass. Seated in the beautiful Billiard Room, you can enjoy a delicious afternoon tea with prosecco, sandwiches, and home-made cakes and scones. Before or after your tea you can also visit the Castle itself and Muncaster's Hawk and Owl Centre as entry to both are included in the price of the tea.
For room availability for Valentine's day and weekend please go to our bookings page: