5 Romantic Things To Do In Windermere

Bowness-on-Windermere offers plenty of romantic things to do for couples, from enjoying a meal in a romantic setting to enjoying a cruise on the tranquil waters of Lake Windermere. Whether you are an active couple looking for a challenging walk, or a couple looking for a quiet getaway together, the Lake District has the perfect offering for you.

In this article, we describe some of the sights and places that you simply need to visit during your stay. We will be looking at heart-warmingly beautiful mountain ranges, dining in style on Lake Windermere and sumptuous restaurants fit for a romantic evening meal – all within easy reach of our luxury self-catering accommodation in Windermere.

1. Romantic Walks In The Lake District

Is there anything quite like a romantic walk in a truly stunning setting? A walk in the Lake District offers the perfect escape from the pressures of the outside world with you and your loved one able to enjoy each other’s uninterrupted company. Here are just a couple of the walks that we would suggest tackling during your stay in the Lakes:

The Three Peaks of Langdale

For more adventurous couples who are looking for a bit of a challenge whilst on their romantic getaway, the stony heft of Langdale is awe-inspiring long before your arrival at the foot of the Pikes and is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic walk together. If either of you isn’t inspired by the thought of a difficult hike, but you both enjoy a casual walk amongst nature, then there is still much to be gained by walking along the lower routes dictated by the sheer slopes on either side.

If, however, the thought of getting your blood pumping on a rocky walk through thin air is something that you take pleasure in, then Langdale is one of the most beautiful hikes you could hope to enjoy during your stay in the Lake District.

The Langdale Peaks can be tackled depending on your capabilities; you can choose to stop at the tarn at around 415m of solid vertical climb and be thoroughly proud of yourselves, or you could prepare to tackle all three of Langdale’s peaks: Harrison Stickle, Pike o’Stickle and Rossett Pike.

For many, the journey to Stickle Tarn will be challenging enough, but the dip in the mountain lake at the top is very refreshing. Be careful not to tire yourself out too much and remember to take pictures to commemorate your victory together over the mountain.

Orrest Head

Anyone who is relatively new to hiking may want to take on Orrest Head, this is a simple trek, but the views at the end of the path are well worth your effort. Located just outside of Windermere, Orrest Head is a circular route that will only take you around 20 minutes to reach the summit from Windermere or around 2 hours from your front door at Windermere Marina Village.

Despite the short walk, the views that you will be treated to at the summit are a sight to behold, with Lake Windermere taking centre stage and the surrounding fells in the backdrop, you and your partner are sure to have your breath taken away by the stunning surroundings.

2. Sail Away With Your Partner On Lake Windermere

During your stay in the Lakes, it’s almost obligatory to enjoy a leisurely cruise on Lake Windermere. Whether you choose to let a professional do the sailing for you, or if you prefer to take a more hands-on role in being the captain of your very own vessel, you can be sure of stunning and tranquil surroundings on Lake Windermere.

Dine on Lake Windermere

If you are looking to experience a truly unique sailing experience during your romantic getaway to the Lake District, be sure to take a look at some of the dine and sail experiences available.

Depending on your particular preference, you can choose to head out onto Lake Windermere and enjoy a lunch sailing experience, where you will enjoy a short tour of the Lake before being served a delightful meal. If you’re hoping to enjoy a stunning sunset on Lake Windermere, you could opt for an evening meal on the lake. You will be fully catered for, with a scrumptious four-course meal included as part of the package.

You can sit back and relax throughout the duration of the journey, as you will be accompanied by your very own skipper, who will be on hand to ensure your safety and total enjoyment at all times.

Private Boat Hire On Lake Windermere

If enjoying a meal on the calm waters of Lake Windermere doesn’t sound all that appealing to you and your partner, you could choose to be a little more adventurous and privately hire a boat for a few hours. You can enjoy sailing around Lake Windermere as a couple, taking in all of the surrounding sights from the peaceful tranquillity of the water.

No previous boating experience is required to hire a motorboat at Lake Windermere, so you can simply roll back the roof and enjoy a romantic boat ride together in one of the most stunning settings the UK has to offer.

It’s worth noting that if you’re looking to pop the question to your loved one during your trip to the lakes, doing so on a privately hired boat is a genuinely fantastic option. Finding a secluded spot on the water to drop anchor and asking your partner for their hand in marriage is sure to be a romantic surprise your loved one wasn’t expecting, just make sure you don’t drop the ring in the water!

3. Take In A Live Performance Or Blockbuster Film

Entertainment is an important part of any romantic getaway, and the Lake District has plenty of live music, theatre displays and films on offer. Be sure to check out the following locations during your stay with us in Windermere!

Brewery Arts Centre In Kendal

The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal has been providing a whole host of dynamic activities for the last 40 years. With artistic events, festivals and creative learning courses being run throughout the year, so it’s well worth checking out what’s on during your visit to the Lakes. There is also an onsite cinema and restaurant so you really can enjoy a full day out when visiting the Brewery Arts Centre.

In terms of major events that may be on during your visit to the arear, there are five major festivals hosted at the Brewery Arts Centre each year, and of course the Kendal Mountain Festival that is well worth a visit for those who are interested in the great outdoors.

Visit Zeffirellis In Ambleside

Hidden away in the heart of Ambleside, Zeffirellis Cinema is the perfect location to enjoy a film, some local music and some occasions special events and musicals. You can rest assured that this location will have something that will suit both you and your partner during your trip to the Lake District!

When you and your partner have enjoyed your choice of entertainment, it’s worth noting that Zeffirellis has a superb award-winning restaurant on site, along with a daytime café for light bites and a Jazz Bar that often has live music on offer.

4. Sumptuous Romantic Restaurants in Windermere

You can hardly have a romantic getaway without partaking in a meal for two, and luckily for you, there are a lot of different ways to enjoy this in your favourite Lakeside village. In this section, we talk you through some of the most romantic meals you can share in Windermere.

The Magic Roundabout

This quaint and cosy restaurant serves stylish yet scrumptious dishes, and with lots of tables for two, it’s prepared to cater to romantic couples looking to make fond memories. This restaurant can be found near The World of Beatrix Potter, and on top of its delectable menu, it also promises a range of fabulous cocktails and drinks.

Prepare to be completely and utterly charmed by The Magic Roundabout, many of its visitors find themselves returning for the lovely looking coffee and cakes before their stay in the Lakes’ comes to an end.

Gilpin Spice

If you’re looking to really treat your loved one to a truly special meal, be sure to visit Gilpin Spice. Residing just a short drive away from Windermere Marina Village, Gilpin Spice is inspired by following the spice trail of the silk road. Boasting an open style kitchen, you’ll find tapas-style pan-Asian dishes inspired by countries from around Asia, including China, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Whilst this restaurant definitely doesn’t serve your traditional Lake District food, it’s guaranteed to provide some of the very best food available in the area.

The Boathouse

Our onsite restaurant and bar is also quite suited to a romantic meal shared between couples, so if you feel like getting an early night, then you might want to choose an establishment close to your accommodation.

The Boathouse overlooks the marina, so you can still watch the sunset whilst eating a refreshing king prawn linguini or a hearty roast chicken. We also boast a very sophisticated drinks menu for you to choose from.

5. Relax In Luxury Accommodation

A romantic getaway to the Lake District wouldn’t be complete without staying in luxury accommodation. Here at Windermere Marina Village, we take great pride in giving all of our guests a fantastic experience when they choose to stay with us. Whether you are looking for a longer-term stay in self-catering accommodation or you are only looking for a romantic night away, Windermere Marina Village has the perfect solution for you.

All of our properties come armed with a whole host of fantastic facilities including a dishwasher, washing machine and your very own personal WiFi connection. There are also plenty of apartments that offer a stunning view of Windermere Marina, so you can sit back and enjoy a drink on your very own balcony whilst taking in the surrounding views.

If you are looking for a relaxing end to your stay in the Lakes, we would certainly suggest that you take advantage of the leisure facilities on offer for guests who stay with us. You can choose to visit either Choices Leisure Club, Macdonald Old England Hotel & ELEMIS Spa or the Beech Hill Hotel and use their facilities completely free of charge. All of the leisure facilities mentioned have access to a spa, swimming pool and gym facilities, so be sure to make the most of any of these leisure centres during your stay with us.


If you can’t wait to book your very own romantic getaway in the Lake District, we’re sure that you’ll agree that the Lake District is a fantastic place to visit for a romantic getaway, whether you’re excited for a long hike, quick swim or tasty meal. There’s so much to see, do and enjoy in Windermere, so we hope that you’ll consider us when you book your accommodation.

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