Spice up your Valentine’s with something different this February!

7 Distinctive Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day in the Heart of the Lake District

Tired of the same old Valentine’s Day routine? Shake things up this February with a dose of excitement!

Forget the usual dinner dates and movie nights – we’re diving into fresh, fun, and offbeat activities that will make this Valentine’s Day one to remember.

With recommendations of properties for two nearby – this blog is all you need to plan your Valentine’s trip that’s anything but ordinary.

1. Hot Air Balloon Rides

How about a hot air balloon ride over the breathtaking Lake District? With trips over Windermere, departing from Witherslack, Ullswater, Dalemain Mansion, and Kirkby Lonsdale in the Yorkshire Dales!

Hot Air Balloon over the Lake District

Whether the sun is rising or setting, the scenes are equally impressive. So, why not ditch the usual and soar above this picturesque corner of the country for an outstanding celebration?

With prices starting from £124*, you also get a champagne toast, 3-4 hour experience, a luxury gift wallet and a personalised flight certificate!

Properties Nearby: Witherslack | Levens | Kirkby Lonsdale | Ullswater

2. Via Ferrata

For couples seeking an exhilarating and adventurous day out in the Lake District, the Via Ferrata is a thrilling experience, located at the head of Honister Pass. This is a perfect activity for those looking to inject a bit of excitement into their romantic escapade.

The panoramic views of the surrounding valley only add to the romance of the experience, making the Via Ferrata an ideal choice for couples looking to embark on an adrenaline-pumping journey together.

Depending on your route, the classic adventure is £45, and the Xtreme is £65 per person*.

Properties Nearby: Buttermere

Photo Credit: Visit Lake District
Photo Credit: Visit Lake District

3. Alpaca Walking

Switch things up this Valentine’s Day with a down-to-earth and amusing activity – alpaca walking in the Lake District. It’s a low-key yet entertaining way to spend time together, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Lake District.

There is a variety of different locations where you can walk these animals:

(Pricing eg. Children/groups and further info available on the linked websites above)

Properties Nearby: Penrith & Eden Valley | Kendal | WasdaleUlverston | Aldingham | Grange-over-Sands

4. Wild swimming

Wild swimming in the Lake District is popular for those looking to ditch the traditional pool experience. Ullswater is a go-to spot, known for its clear waters and surrounded by scenic hills.

With its cascading waterfalls and clear pools, Rydal Falls provides a peaceful setting for a thrilling yet serene wild swimming experience. If you want a unique spot to visit this February, the Thirlmere natural infinity pool is a big hit with adventurers, featuring all over TikTok! View Here

These locations offer a raw and immersive wild swimming experience, perfect for couples or anyone wanting to dive into nature in the heart of the Lake District.

Properties Nearby: Ullswater | Ambleside | Berrier



5. Lakeside Picnics

Pack a basket with your favourite treats and head to one of the many lakeside spots!

For a relaxed and romantic lakeside picnic, head to Friar’s Crag. Situated on the shores of Derwentwater, it offers great views of the lake and surrounding hills. Plenty of open space and benches make it an ideal spot to enjoy a simple yet intimate picnic.


Alternatively, Wray Castle on the shores of Lake Windermere offers a peaceful retreat with ample grassy areas for a relaxed picnic by the water. For a touch of history, Brantwood Gardens by Coniston Water provides a charming setting surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds.

Properties Nearby: Hawkshead | Ambleside | Windermere | Coniston

6. Relaxing Spa Day

Amid all the adventurous options in this blog, taking it easy with a spa experience is a solid way to unwind with your partner. While it might not be the most out-of-the-box choice, it sure hits the spot for relaxation.

The region offers various spa retreat locations:

Properties Nearby: Berrier| Newby Bridge | Windermere | Ambleside | Kendal

7. Segway tours

Try something different with a Segway tour at Cartmel’s Lakeland Segways from £30*. It’s a fun and unique way to explore the stunning scenery, cruising effortlessly with your partner.

Go Ape at Whinlatter Forest is another fantastic location for Segway tours. Unfortunately, they’re tucked away until spring 2024. Although unavailable this Valentine’s, it’s still an activity worth experiencing. So, mark it down for a future adventure once they’re back in action!

Properties Nearby: Cartmel & Grange-over-Sands | Bassenthwaite | Buttermere


This February, ditch the usual Valentine’s routine and try something different in the Lake District. Whether it’s an adventurous escapade or a relaxed lakeside picnic, break away from the norm and create memorable moments with your special someone. Make this Valentine’s one-of-a-kind by exploring unique experiences in the charm of the Lake District.

*Prices updated 14/01/2024, subject to change on external websites.

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