With the Lake District having recently been voted the most popular place for a marriage proposal in the UK in a Poll of eHarmony.co.uk members, we offer a little guidance to help love take its natural course. Whether you are planning to propose, spending your honeymoon here, or just enjoying a weekend break, the Lake District offers endless possibilities for romance.
Wherever you go you’ll be following in the footsteps of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who, appropriately were part of the Romantic Movement of the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. If Romantic poets aren’t your thing then perhaps knowing that you’re in the land that Beatrix Potter loved, or that Arthur Ransome immortalised in his book Swallows and Amazons will inspire you to new levels of amour.
A Day Trip
Here’s a tried and tested itinerary for a romantic day out in the Lake District that can be extended with an overnight stay if time and budget permit.
It starts with a short journey on a steam train, moves on to a cruise on Windermere followed by an al fresco lunch by the lake at Ambleside. The return journey offers a visit to Bowness on Windermere where you can opt to check into a hotel and enjoy dinner in the evening.
We start at The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway station (Sat-Nav Postcode: LA12 8AL open April to October). Most people will drive there but there are convenient bus stops for travellers from both Kendal and from the Furness peninsula. Purchase tickets for the combined train and cruise trip – good value at around £20 per person, and enjoy an 18 minute ride on a steam train from Haverthwaite to Lakeside
On arrival at Lakeside, leave the train and take a short walk to the jetty where you’ll begin your journey to Ambleside. The cruise ships run all year round but less frequently in the winter. Now relax and enjoy the view from the lake. There’s plenty of seating, inside, outside, and in the bars and cafes or stand at the front of the boat and have your own Titanic moment. There are no icebergs in Windermere, although it does occasionally freeze, so as your ferry pulls in to the mid journey stop at Bowness, you can watch the swans serenely floating by. Onwards to Waterhead (about a mile short of Ambleside) where you’ll disembark and take a stroll along the shore of the Lake to the Wateredge Inn which enjoys an unrivalled position at the very northern tip of the lake.
Make your choice from the menu and add a bottle of the ultimate romantic drink – Champagne to your order. Enjoy your al fresco meal with beautiful views as a backdrop. A post lunch stroll around the nearby village of Ambleside is now in order, particularly if you’re in the market for outdoor gear.
Back to Waterhead to pick up your ship for the return journey. If you’re sailing back to Lakeside to complete your journey – bon voyage but for those you taking the optional stopover in Bowness on Windermere, there’s lots more to see and do.
Alight at Bowness and depending on the time of year (April to October) and time of day, captain your own ship for an hour in a self drive motorboat or rowing boat available from the wooden huts to the right of Bowness promenade.