The Lake District is a very romantic place in the north of England. Outdoor lovers will be spoilt for choice for things to do. For adventurous couples there are plenty of romantic things to do during your trip to the national park. From enjoying the very best of the activities in the fells to watching sunsets and eating local delicacies here are 10 romantic things to do in the lake district national park for adventurous couples.
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- Chasing Waterfalls in the Lake District
- Go on a romantic kayak adventure
- Head to Castlehead viewpoint
- Tackle an exhilarating scramble
- Watch the sunrise from Castlerigg Stone Circle
- Share Grasmere gingerbread
- Explore an eerie cave together
- Cuddle up in a cosy cottage
- Romantic meal at Greens
- Walk in the rain
- Wonder amongst bluebells
- Watch the sunset by Lake Windemere
Chasing waterfalls in the Lake District
Chasing waterfalls is one of the most romantic things to do in the lake district for adventurous couples.
The abundance of water in the Lake District means there are many breath-taking waterfalls in the Lake District national park. You may even be able to visit multiple waterfalls during your romantic adventures.
A particularly romantic waterfall in the Lake district is Aira Force. The waterfall is situated in enchanting woodland and has captivated poets, writers and artists for centuries. If you are a couple who prefer more of an adventure before reaching a waterfall the falls at Dungeon Ghyll are very spectacular. You can walk up Stickle Ghyll for as far as you would like admiring this grand waterfall. You can combine your visit to this epic waterfall with a scramble up Jack’s Rake thus combing two romantic and adventurous things to do in one day.
For those short on time, there is also a picturesque waterfall in Ashness Bridge. It is possible to drive there and the falls are particularly romantic in autumn.
Did you know that close to the Lake District is England’s tallest waterfall? Click on the link to find out where it is!
There are plenty of waterfalls for adventurous couples to discover in the Lake District National park.
Go on a Romantic Kayak Adventure
Kayaking is a very romantic thing to do in the lake district as an adventurous couple. Also, you cannot visit the Lake District and not explore one of its many beautiful bodies of water by oar.
There are plenty of places to kayak in the Lake District National park. Coniston Water is a particularly romantic lake. You can hire a kayak or even a rowing boat and enjoy nature together.
You can also rent kayaks on Derwent water and Ullswater. For the ultimate kayaking adventure, Lake Windemere offers some of the choppier waters in the area. England’s largest lake has several kayaking centres along the shore. If you rent a kayak near the southern end of Lake Windermere you can gently row down the River Leven. This is a very romantic spot past quaint gardens towards picturesque Newby Bridge.
Be aware of the bird life on the lakes. Also, if your partner decides it may be funny to head towards a swan, do not be surprised if your significant other uses the oar against you rather than the swan…
Adventurous couples will enjoy kayaking during their romantic outdoor break in the Lake District national park.
Head to Castlehead viewpoint
A very romantic spot in the Lake District can only be reached by undertaking a small steep hike.
Castlehead viewpoint, close to Keswick, offers some of the most stunning views of the Lake District National park. Adventurous couples will love this miny hike up to the view point!
The hike up to Castlehead only takes around 10-15 minutes through picturesque woodland. Once you reach the top there are two benches from where you can enjoy a picnic together or just each other’s company.
Whilst the hike is steep, as it is so short, most couples regardless of their fitness levels will be able to reach this romantic place in the Lake District.
You must add a visit to Castlehead viewpoint to your romantic things to do for adventurous couples in the Lake District national park.
Tackle an exhilarating Scramble
Scrambling is best described as the step between hiking and climbing. You use your hands as well as your feet on a scramble. The Lake District is full of exciting scrambles which are perfect for adrenaline seekers.
Decide as a couple which scramble you would like to attempt. There are plenty to choose from such as the ominous Sharp Edge on Blencathra, the classic Striding Edge up to Helvellyn or exciting Jack’s Rake in Langdale. If you have scrambled before, these famous scrambles will be fun things to do in the Lake district. Yet if you have not yet tackled a scramble as a couple still consider adding a scramble to your adventurous things to do in the Lake district.
Once you have planned which Lake District scramble to tackle get ready for an adventure! Nothing quite tests a relationship in the outdoors more than scrambling with a partner who is afraid of heights. Communicate, allow each other to go at their own pace and make sure you check the weather beforehand. If you can survive a scramble together surely you can face any hardship in your relationship!
Watch the sunrise at Castlerigg Stone Circle
Watching the sunrise at Castlerigg stone circle is one of the most romantic things to do in the lake district national park.
The Castlerigg Stone Circle is a Neolithic monument close to Keswick in the Northern lakes. The mysterious stones are particularly magical in the early morning sun. Find out the night before when the sun is due to rise. Set your alarm and head over to the ancient stones.
Once you arrive at the stones hold each other’s hand as you arrive at Castlerigg Stone circle. Wrap up warm as the stones are located on an exposed fell. Bring your camera and enjoy watching the sunrise together. Even if you arrive a little after the sun has risen, it is still a very romantic spot to visit during your trip to the Lake District national park.
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Share Grasmere Gingerbread
After all of your adventures in the Lake District you have earned a decadent treat. If you have survived scrambling, kayaking and hiking in the rain as a couple you deserve some delicious Grasmere gingerbread!
Grasmere gingerbread was invented in 1854 by Sarah Nelson. This gingerbread is unlike any other you will have tried. Grasmere gingerbread has a unique spicy yet sweet flavour and smells divine.
Queues outside the little cottage in Grasmere can sometimes be quite long but it is worth the wait. Share a bag with your loved one and enjoy nibbling on your gingerbread slices.
Explore an eerie cave together
There are a few caves adventurous couples can explore in the Lake District national park, but the most impressive is cathedral cave.
Cathedral Cave is an atmospheric manmade cave in Langdale. National Trust owns the site but allows visitors to roam the various caves and passageways freely. Bring a torch as some of the old mine tunnels are very dark!
Admire the huge cathedral cave with your loved one before you hold each other’s hand and explore the depth of the mountain. Adventurous couples will love exploring cathedral cave in the Lake District. Also does wondering in pitch-black, wet tunnels not just scream romance?
Another interesting cave to admire is Rydal Cave. You can gingerly hop on the stepping stones to enter the gloomy cave on your adventourous couple’s holiday in the Lake District!
Cuddle up in a cosy cottage
For your adventurous yet romantic trip to the Lake District you will need a nice place to stay. Cuddling up in a cosy cottage after your adventures in the national park is a very romantic thing to do in the Lake District.
There are plenty of places to stay in the Lake District national park. Vegan adventurous couples will enjoy staying at a vegan B&B in the Lake District. There are actually 3 vegan B&Bs in the Lake District National park! In order to make the most of your romantic visit you could also choose to stay in Grasmere which is a small village in the heart of the Lake District. There are numerous cosy cottages to snuggle up in after a rainy day with your loved one.
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Romantic meal at Greens
Enjoying a tasty meal at Greens in Grasmere is not a particularly adventurous thing to do in the Lake District but it is a romantic one. Greens in Grasmere serves incredible food for all whether you are vegan or a coeliac.
Enjoy a 3-course meal of delicious soup, hearty roasts and decadent desserts. The vegan brownie and vegan brownie sundae are particularly nice!
Just make sure you arrive at Greens before 4pm as they shut at 4:30pm.
Walk in the rain
No visit to the Lake District would be complete without bracing the rain at some point! There are over 200 wet days a year in the Lake District national park. Yet as an adventurous couple you know to just put your waterproofs on and head outside! Walking in the rain is a great thing to do in the Lake District. You can enjoy the beautiful droplets on the leaves and enjoy feeling the mud squelching beneath your waterproof boots.
No matter what weather awaits you on your romantic outdoor break in the Lake District, your adventures do not need to keep you indoors!
Also, how much cosier will you little cottage feel once you are back inside the warmth?
Wonder amongst bluebells
Adventurous couples will enjoy this short romantic walk amongst the blue bells.
If your visit to the Lake District is in springtime, you must go on a bluebell walk! There are a few places to find bluebells in the Lake District. One of the most accessible bluebell walks in the Lake District is in White Moss common. Whilst this is not the most adventurous hike, it is a perfect romantic walk to do after a day of scrambling or after hiking up on the steep fells.
In the months of April and May there are carpets of blue in these woods. Located by Rydal water in the central fells, you can park your car close to the village of Grasmere. Once you reach White Moss woods you will be treated to the site of thousands of bluebells sway in the wind in the shadows of mighty oaks. Hold each other’s hand and enjoy this easy walk in the woods. You can combine your romantic walk with a visit to Rydal cave which is an eerie yet very photogenic spot in the Lake District national park.
Wondering amongst springtime bluebells is a wonderfully romantic thing to do in the Lake District national park.
Watch the sunset by Lake Windemere
End your romantic and adventurous visit to the Lake district by watching the sunset over lake Windemere. Park your car in Ambleside and head to the water’s edge. Of course, sun set views over Lake Windemere are not guaranteed but if your visit to the Lake District falls on a sunny day, you are in for a very romantic treat! Wonder along the promenade, past the may anchored sailboats. There are a few benches to perch on. Once you have found a suitable spot, sit down and watch the show. After completing your romantic things to do in the Lake District for adventurous couples your legs will be pleased to be resting.
Watch the sky above you dance as the evening colours parade their various hues. The calm lake waters reflect the sunset show. Various sail boats create pretty silhouettes framing this wonderful scene.
Watching the sunset by Lake Windemere is one of the most romantic things to do in the Lake District National park.
Which romantic adventurous thing in the Lake District would you like to do?
Have you been inspired to head on an adventurous couple’s weekend up to the Lake District National park? Let us know in the comments below which romantic thing to do in the Lake District for adventurous couples you would like to do!