Top 5 romantic places for a proposal in the Lakes & Dales

There’s no doubt that the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales offer those in search of romantic locations plenty of choices. Both regions are popular and well-known for weddings and beautiful backdrops for proposals of marriage. It’s also famous for romantic getaways, particularly around Valentine’s Day.

Here at The Malabar, a few guests have proposed on the bench at the top of the hill. So if you are staying with us, you don’t have to go far to find the perfect spot to get down one knee! And there’s always chilled champagne at the ready!

Meanwhile, we’ve put together a list of a few favourite romantic spots for proposals or romantic picnics.

Ennerdale Water

Ennerdale (in the main picture) is off the beaten track, and it takes a bit effort to get there. From the Malabar, it would be a full day out. It’s a large glacial lake in the Western Lake District close to one of the most famous mountains, Scafell Pike. While Scafell Pike is constantly busy with walkers who want to make it to the top of England’s highest peak, Ennerdale is a quiet and peaceful place. It’s perfect for a romantic picnic or proposal. Apparently, Bill Clinton proposed to Hillary on the lakeshore of Ennerdale in 1973.

Romantic spot at Aria Force

Glencoyne Bay & Aira Force

Along the northern shore of Ullswater, known as Glencoyne Bay is allegedly the spot that inspired William Wordsworth to pen his famous, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” poem. Dorothy Wordsworth wrote in her diary that she “never saw daffodils so beautiful” than at Glencoyne Bay. The best time to see the Daffodils in the Lake District is in March, so they may not be in full bloom on Valentine’s Day.

While at Glencoyne Bay, you can also visit the spectacular waterfall at Aira Force. Another delightful romantic spot for alone time with someone special. There’s a National Trust café nearby for a well-earned slice of cake.

Stone circle at Castle Rigg

Castlerigg Stone Circle

Unlike Stonehenge, you can walk freely among stones at the Castlerigg Stone Circle which is off the A66 between Penrith and Keswick. It’s a magical place with an unexplained stillness that makes you feel calm. Not surprisingly, it gets busy during summer and winter solstices when it becomes a focal point for druid-type pilgrimages, but if you go early in the day, you can often get it all to yourself. An excellent spot for a picnic or just some quiet contemplation with a dramatic backdrop of Skiddaw and Blencathra. Nearby Keswick has plenty of charming teashops and restaurants to enjoy.

Romantic picnic at Janet's Foss

Janet’s Foss, at Gordale Scar

Janet’s Foss is a small but beautiful waterfall and pool near Gordale Scar in Malhamdale, nestled in a magical wood along the footpath from Malham Village toward Gordale Scar. It’s said to be the inspiration for Helm’s Deep in Lord of the Rings. It makes a special and romantic picnic spot. There is an excellent local shop, café and charming pub in Malham.

Ruskin's View at Kirkby Lonsdale

Ruskin’s View, Kirkby Lonsdale

The leading English art critic of the Victorian Era, John Ruskin, was a regular visitor to Kirkby Lonsdale. There’s an exceptional spot along the river that he described as being ‘one of the loveliest views in England’. The famous English artist, JMW Turner, painted the view in 1822 and the painting was recently sold at auction for £217,000.

You can find Ruskin’s View from the far corner of the churchyard at St Mary’s Church where you see a signpost to the view which will take you along a path that’s high above the River Lune. Then all of a sudden you will see a breathtaking panorama of the Lune Valley.

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If you are planning a romantic getaway to the Yorkshire Dales or Lake District we’d be delighted to welcome you to the Malabar.

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