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6 of the most romantic walks in The Lake District

Words by Jamie Knop

If you’re visiting the Lake District for a romantic break, you’ll be glad to hear there are lots of romantic walks on offer for you to explore. There’s nothing like being in the countryside with your partner and very little else around other than the wildlife. You don’t have to be super fit to enjoy some of the walks the Lake District has to offer either, there’s something for everyone.

With so many spectacular walks for you to enjoy, it can be difficult to know where to go, so I’ve put together a number of walks that are favoured for their beautiful views and scenic spots like streams which could add some extra romance to your long walk through the fells.

Darling Fell, Above Loweswater

Darling Fell is aptly named for a romantic walk!  Image credit: Andrews Walks

Darling Fell is a low level fell that is situated above Loweswater and offers spectacular panoramic views of Loweswater, a stunning lake. It is one of the smaller and quieter lakes which makes it a great romantic walk for you and your partner to enjoy some peaceful time together. To access the fell, it will take a short, steep walk from the side of the lake and caution should be taken when navigating your way down in low light. The walk is around 2 miles and should take around 1 hour 30 minutes depending on your pace and how many stops you take. Because of its location, the Darling Fell would be the perfect spot for watching the sunset over the lake making this a very romantic walk. Even the name ‘darling’ helps add some romance to this beautiful fell and lake!

Colwith Force

This beautiful waterfall is located on the River Brathay. Image credit: Alan Waters

One of the most romantic natural sights is a waterfall and in the Lakes, you can walk to one. Colwith Force is located on the River Brathay and falls a total of 40 feet! Many people visit the falls by car and walk 0.5 miles through the woodland to see the falls but it can be incorporated into a longer walk from Elterwater if you’d like. Enjoy the beautiful waterfall with your loved one and take in the natural beauty.

Skelwith Bridge

Skelwith Bridge makes a picturesque photo stop. Image credit: Dayna Cowper

Another romantic spot is Skelwith Bridge which crosses river Brathay. There are lots of walking routes here which take you alongside the river and provide a very romantic backdrop with the sound of the flowing river. This is a great place to stop for photos, snack and even a glass of fizz!

Wast Water

Wast Water offers stunning views of the area. Image credit: Jamie Knop

One of the most popular waters in the Lake District, Wast Water offers stunning views with the epic landscape surrounding you reflecting in the water’s surface. It is a popular area due to being close by to Scafell Pike, the biggest mountain in England. Though Scafell Pike can make a great walk, it’s only for people of a good fitness and so might not be the most romantic.

Thankfully, you don’t have to climb Scafell Pike to enjoy Wast Water, there is a short walk for you and your partner to enjoy at the end of Wast Water. At just 2.5 miles it is an enjoyable walk through Low Wood right on the water’s edge.

High Sweden Bridge

High Sweden Bridge is a perfect spot for a proposal! Image credit: Pictures of England

The High Sweden Bridge is a packhorse bridge and a popular spot for people to visit. It offers a great viewpoint during a walk and is one mile from Ambleside creating an easy circular walk for visitors. If your thinking of popping the question, this is a great spot for it!


Buttermere is remote, making it ideal for a private stroll. Image credit: Zooey

If you are staying near Keswick then Buttermere water is a fantastic place to visit for a scenic walk. The walk is a circular around the water and is around 4.5 miles long so you should allow around 3 hours for this. Buttermere is remote, so if you get the chance to stay nearby, visiting in the evening or at night can provide a great view of the night’s sky for you to cuddle up and stare at.

If you’re looking for more walk ideas in the Lake District, take a look here where you can see more walks you can enjoy. Don’t forget to bring some chocolates and fizz to make things even more romantic on your walk!

Lastly, why not check out the Luxury Lifestyle guide to the best hotels to stay in on your romantic visit to the Lake District.

Author: Jamie Knop is a local of the Lake District from Hikideas who provide walking routes to follow up and down the UK. You’ll usually find him up a hill on two feet or two wheels.