The Lake District is well-known for being one of the best natural beauty spots in the world, and was home to famous writers such as William Wordsworth, John Ruskin and Beatrix Potter, amongst many others. As a result, the area maintains a romantic atmosphere, with the lush green hills and glittering lakes creating the perfect escape for couples.
To help those inspired to propose against the picturesque backdrop, we’ve rounded up three beautiful locations to start your own fairytale.
For those who want a more private setting than the traditional Lake Windermere, head out to Ennerdale Water. The lake has previous romantic history as the place where Bill Clinton proposed to Hillary Clinton in 1973. The 6.5 mile path is relatively flat, meaning that the route will suit even a novice hiker – there’s no special equipment required to get these stunning natural views. Afterwards, head out to a local pub for a celebratory drink.
There is no road running next to Ennerdale Water (meaning that your proposal won’t be ruined by traffic noise) so you’ll need to walk to the lake, but you can park nearby at Bowness Knott or Bleach Green Cottages. For those who are after an intimate proposal, this is an ideal choice.
Whilst this is a more adventurous walk, if you’re into hiking and are prepared to start with an uphill climb, the walk is truly gratifying. The summit rewards you with views over Buttermere, Crunnock Water and the surrounding landscape, all of which inspired Alfred Wainwright to describe Haystacks as ‘the best fell-top of all’.
If you’re feeling ultra-adventurous, for extra romance, time your ascent to reach the peak for sunset. You’ll be just in time to propose with the fading light catching the sparkle on the engagement ring, to match the glittering lake below. Descend as the sun fades, but just make sure you have the necessary equipment and are confident in low light.
The Lake District is full of beautiful waterfalls, and the spectacular backdrop of Aira Force is no exception. It is set in an area owned by the National Trust, and the falls themselves are 70 feet tall. This is a popular area as it inspired several Wordsworth poems, including Daffodils, but you should be able to find a quiet space if you prefer, or if you want to make a big splash with a public proposal, you’ll be accompanied by plenty of tourists at peak times.
The park also includes an arboretum and rock area, and whilst the path to Aira Force is uneven, the glade area is more accessible, and is next to a bend in the water. If the weather is good, you could consider bringing a fancy picnic and hiding the ring inside the basket for your partner to find.
To sum up
Wherever you choose, the Lake District is certain to delight your partner. Surrounded by stunning scenery, it encourages walks with your loved one, talking about the future and strengthening your romantic connection.
Choosing the Perfect Lake District Wedding Venue
Once you’ve popped the question, it’s time to start thinking about your wedding venue. Broadoaks Country House is an Award Winning Lake District wedding venue that offers exclusive use of the entire house and grounds, perfect for couples looking for an intimate wedding venue.
Exclusive use packages start from just £2,995 which includes 16 luxury bedrooms, drinks reception, buffet for 32 guests, full Cumbrian breakfast the next morning + much more.