If you are planning a romantic weekend in Windermere to celebrate a special occasion, you will find plenty of things to see and do near the lake.
Romance and the Lake District go hand in hand from the days when poet William Wordsworth lived and worked in the area, residing at Dove Cottage, Grasmere and Rydal Mount, which are still open to the public.
Windermere cruises run every day of the year, so whenever you decide to visit the lakes, you can still take a trip around this famous lake. The whole trip takes 3 hours, but you can hop on and off the boat wherever you like, and visit local attractions or walk around the shoreline. Parking is available at all the main jetties, and Ambleside and Bowness are good places to start.
Blessed with some of the finest landscapes in Britain, there is no better place to walk than Windermere. Levels of difficulty and time differ with each walk, and it is up to you whether you spend a day hiking on the fells or an hour enjoying a gentle stroll around the shoreline. There are also some great pubs, bars and restaurants around Windermere, so if you want to make a day of it, pack a picnic or make the most of the pub fare, which usually includes some delicious Cumbrian specialities.
Michelin Star Lake District
If you want to treat someone special to a delicious meal in the Lake District, why not book a table at one of the Michelin star restaurants in the region. Known for its fabulous restaurants, Lake District restaurants with Michelin Stars include:
L´enclume at Cartmel, Sharrow Bay at Ullswater and the Samling at Ambleside, which offer excellent food in stunning locations.
Hot Air Balloon Flights
What better way to enjoy a view of England´s most scenic region than from a hot air balloon? Book a champagne trip for you and your loved one, and take a flight over Windermere and the surrounding countryside. Romantic hot air balloon trips are available from most sites around the Lake District, including Windermere.
Cinemas and theatres near Windermere
Whatever time of the year you visit the Lake District, if you are a film fan, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to theatres and cinemas. Take a trip to the Brewery Arts Centre, Zefferelli´s Cinema at Ambleside or the Royalty Cinema in Bowness for all the latest blockbusters. Famous local theatres include: The Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness and the Playhouse at Brampton.
Gingerbread – a natural aphrodisiac?
Just North of Lake Windermere is the beautiful village of Grasmere, home to the infamous Grasmere Gingerbread shop which has been owned and run by the Wilson family for over 60 years. The recipe for the mouth-watering delicacies on sale here is so secret it’s locked away in Ambleside’s National Westminster Bank!