Top 10 romantic days out in Windermere

Nowhere does romance quite like Lake Windermere in the Lake District. England’s largest lake is simply bursting with spectacular scenery, luxury hotels and a multitude of fun attractions, making it the perfect backdrop for loved-up couples this Valentine’s Day…

 

Set sail with Windermere Lake Cruises…

Windermere Lake Cruises is the ideal first stop for couples visiting Windermere this Valentine’s Day. There is no better way to take in the lake’s stunning views than by sitting back and relaxing onboard one of the many vintage boats, perhaps stopping off for a romantic stroll or two along the way or feeding the resident swans. Alternatively, hiring a self drive open boat makes a tour of the lake a more intimate affair. Open boats can be hired for just £18 an hour, so romance needn’t cost the earth either. 

www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk

 

Retreat to another world…

Set against the shore of Gilpin Lodge’s private four acre lake, surrounded by 100 acres of private grounds, fabulous views and its own rowing boat, Gilpin Lodge has six very special suites, a swimming pool, sauna, and cedar wood hot tub, making it a peaceful, pampering Valentine’s Day retreat for those looking to impress. The plush suites provide decadent accommodation complete with treats such as floor-to-ceiling glass walls with fabulous views, state of the art technology and luxurious toiletries. An unforgettable experience!

www.gilpinlodge.co.uk

 

Sample a natural aphrodisiac…

Just North of Lake Windermere is the beautiful village of Grasmere, home to the infamous Grasmere Gingerbread shop which has been owned and run by the Wilson family for over 60 years. The recipe for the mouth-watering delicacies on sale here is so secret it’s locked away in Ambleside’s National Westminster Bank! And as ginger is a well-know aphrodisiac, Valentine’s is the perfect opportunity to give in to temptation…

www.grasmeregingerbread.co.uk

 

Get onboard the love train…

Train spotter or not, the Lakeside Railway is a fun way for partners to take in the picturesque Leven Valley near Windermere. Volunteers and staff have maintained this historic train line since 1970 and its popularity is testament to their hard work and dedication.

www.lakesiderailway.co.uk

 

Indulge in some pre-engagement wedding planning…

Wedding plans aren’t just for the engaged! For couples who have been well and truly bitten by the love bug this Valentine’s Day, the Lakeland Motor Museum provides a fun opportunity to daydream of vintage transport for their future wedding day. Not just for motor enthusiasts, the museum holds a unique collection of around 30,000 exhibits which are sure to provide some inspiration and, when the musing is over, visitors can refuel with a tasty treat in the pretty riverside café.

www.lakelandmotormuseum.co.uk

 

Share childhood memories together…

Couples are bound to bond over their favourite stories and characters at the award winning Beatrix Potter Attraction in Windermere. Home to Peter Rabbit and all his friends, this award winning attraction is a treat for visitors of all ages, with the gift shop providing a convenient chance to treat a loved one to a cuddly souvenir or two!

www.hop-skip-jump.com

 

Linger over award winning food…

Cedar Manor Country House Hotel boasts a multi award-winning dining experience in an elegant and luxurious setting. A meal at Cedar Manor is sure to be unforgettable, with delicious menus focusing on quality local produce and gorgeous wines.

www.cedarmanor.co.uk 

 

Meander through romance inducing gardens…

The Lake District Visitor Centre in Brockhole, the heart of the Lake District National Park, sits on 30 acres of gardens designed by Thomas Mawson. The beautiful country house overlooks Lake Windermere and the Langdale Pikes, making it a lovely destination for leisurely hand-in-hand strolls.

www.brockhole.co.uk   

 

Afternoon tea extravaganza

The stunning view from Miller Howe makes it one of the nicest spots from which to enjoy a tasty afternoon tea. Dining here is a foodie’s dream, with the restaurant boasting many accolades for its delicious menus which are imaginatively designed and delivered with quality local ingredients.

www.millerhowe.com

 

Explore hidden depths…

Animal-loving couples can dive in to the depths of the ocean at the Lakes Aquarium in Newby Bridge. A quirky attraction for Valentine’s Day, the aquarium brings sea life and other water dwelling creatures under one roof. Its range of interactive exhibitions is sure to provide some memorable anecdotes to tell the grandchildren in years to come too!

www.lakesaquarium.co.uk