Top 10 things to do in the Lake District for couples on Valentine’s Day

What do you think of when you think of the Lake District? The perfect setting for Valentines Day?

Whether you picture cosy nights under the blanket beside a roaring fire or the sound of a babbling brook rushing across your feet.

It’s hard to deny the fact that the Lake District is a romantic hotspot, and for a good reason. Full of possibility, beauty and excitement. It is the perfect place to visit on Valentines Day. We’re always on hand to provide guidance on the best things to do in the Lake District!

With that in mind, here are ten things to do in the Lake District for couples on Valentine’s Day  (and beyond, if a trip isn’t quite possible right now).

Romantic Walks in the Lake District

When you visit the Lake District, it is clear romance lies around every corner. Therefore, you can make the most of this by heading out on a romantic Lake District walk with your partner. Taking in the natural sights and spending some much-needed quality time together. There are many different walks to choose from, from the winding paths that guide you towards Darling Fell, or the quiet and idyllic walk around Buttermere.

Be sure to pack a picnic to enjoy along the way!

Walking is also a great Valentine’s Day activity if you are looking for socially distanced things to do. It means you can keep your distance from others while taking in the sights of the great outdoors. In fact, it is the perfect covid Lake District activity!

It is also an excellent dog-friendly Lake District activity, meaning your four-legged friend doesn’t have to miss out on all of the fun.

Explore the Ruins of Old Churches and Castles

The Lake District is also home to a great deal of history. As a result, you are likely to come across the ruins of numerous castles and churches as you explore the local area.

This could include Furness Abbey, a monastery built in 1124, or Wray castle, which is widely considered one of the best places to visit in the Lake District.

As you wander through the buildings, think of the couples who have stood on that ground before you.

From anxious brides getting ready to walk down the aisle. To royal couples embarking on their romantic journeys. If the walls could speak, think of the romantic stories they’d be able to tell!

Stage your own photoshoot

As you wander through the famous Lake District attractions, d on’t forget to bring your camera along with you to capture each magical moment. In fact, this gives you the perfect opportunity to stage your own romantic photoshoot. Simply set your camera onto a timer, find the perfect backdrop, and say cheese!

Visit Rydal Mount

The Lake District was home to many amazing romantic writers, such as William Wordsworth. who is now considered one of the founders of Romanticism.

Therefore, a romantic trip to the Lake District is incomplete without stopping by Rydal Mount House and Gardens. One of the Lake District’s top attractions and the very space where Wordsworth wrote many of his poems. Be sure to bring a notepad and pen along with you, who knows what that space could inspire within you!

Shelter from the rain with a romantic movie

If the February sunshine seems forever hidden behind some clouds, staying indoors is also a great way to spend your Valentines Day!

Whether you are staying in the Lake District, or your own home. Grab plenty of blankets, snacks and drinks and host your own movie night. Write down a list of your favourite romantic flicks, and see how many you can get through in one sitting!

Take to the waters with Lake District boat hire

The Lake District views are beautiful from any angle – however, they are stunning from the water.

Therefore, if you are looking for things to do in the Lake District for couples, you should consider Lake District boat hire.

There are plenty of places across the Lakes where you can hire a traditional rowboat, just be sure to keep your balance steady unless you want to make a splash! If you are unsure exactly where you want to take to the waters. Hiring a boat is one of the most popular things to do at Lake District Windermere. So add this location to the top of your list!

Stay home and plan your future trips

Right now, you may feel as though you have to put many of your Valentines Day plans on hold due to government restrictions.

Although disappointing, it means that we can help keep others safe during this difficult time. It also means that you can extend the celebrations for longer – perhaps by holding a second Valentines Day later in the year.

If you’re planning a trip for a later date in 2021, we’d love to welcome you for a stay at the Swan Hotel & Spa. Our hotel is the perfect romantic getaway year-round. Whether you return from a busy day ready to sample a delicious wine in our Cygneture Brasserie. Or wish to melt your troubles away with a back and shoulder massage at our award-winning Lake District spa. The opportunities are endless. We have a wide variety of accommodation options available, including an expertly designed studio cottage, nicknamed the Love Nest.

If you are visiting the Lake District with dogs, we have plenty of pup-friendly rooms available too!

Spend some time being creative

Valentines Day is the perfect time to express your creativity and create lasting memories by making your own gifts for each other. For example, you could spend time making scented candles, photo frames or artistic prints. This is one of the most fun things to do in the lake district for couples, whether you are waking up and feeling inspired by one of our luxury cottages or looking for something new to do in your own home.

Make your own signature cocktails

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day if you didn’t celebrate with a drink (or two). As a result, you should take some time to put together your own cocktail (or mocktail) menu to enjoy as you celebrate. For example, you can make your own signature cocktails using your favourite ingredients, and try to come up with the best name for them. They could be based upon your favourite holiday destination (The Swan Hotel). Or an inside joke that always brings a smile to your face.

Cook up a storm in the kitchen

Even though you cannot spend Valentines in the Lake District, you don’t have to go without the great food the Lakes have to offer. You can easily get your hands on a range of recipes online, that you can then recreate in your own home. Whether that means you enjoy a hearty stew or try your hands at making a mouth-watering sticky toffee pudding – the possibilities are endless!


To put it simply, the Lake District is the perfect location for any holiday. Whether you are looking for things to do in the Lake District for couples or just for family days out – there’s never a dull moment. In fact, there are always plenty of things to do in the Lake District come rain or shine. No matter when you decide to visit, we at the Swan Hotel can’t wait to welcome you to the Lakes!