The ultimate guide to elope in Lake district – tips and ideas for an adventure elopement in lake district

The Lake District is a region, and a national park, located in northwest England. Its incredible natural beauty is marked by glacial lakes, rugged mountain peaks, forested groves, and miles of trails to explore. It’s the perfect elopement location for any adventurous couple who wants to get outside to say their vows. If you’re planning a Lake District elopement (or considering it), this guide will tell you everything you need to know to make it happen!

what is an elopement

First, let’s be sure we’re talking about the same thing:

1) What is an elopement?

Elopements aren’t what they used to be! While the word “elopement” used to conjure up images of hasty, last minute, scandalous marriages, today it’s so much more. Eloping is a way to ensure your wedding day is actually about you! Because you shouldn’t start your marriage off trying to please other people, and the day shouldn’t be about trying to throw a party for everyone else to enjoy. When you elope, you get to do what you want – and nothing that you don’t!

Elopement in Lake District

2) How to Legally Elope in Lake District

To elope in the Lake District in England, you will need to apply for a Marriage Visa if you live outside of the country. You can apply online up to 6 months before your ceremony, and pay an application fee of £95, or about $133 USD. You will then need to give notice to the register office that you’re getting married.

A registrar will need to officiate your ceremony, and you will need two witnesses to sign your marriage certificate. Many couples who travel to elope in the Lake District choose to do the paperwork at home, so that their elopement can be spent on the fun stuff, without worrying about logistics!

3) Why Elope in Lake District?

Why elope in Lake District?

Gorgeous Landscapes

From Scafell Peak, the tallest mountain in England, to tranquil lakes nestled in the valleys, Lake District National Park is best known for its beautiful scenery. Whether you’re seeking an adventurous hike or a relaxing stroll on your elopement day, the Lake District has something perfect for you!

Local Restaurants and Pubs

You can spend the day of your Lake District elopement in the national park, then venture into town to visit the local eateries. From fine dining restaurants to historic pubs, you’ll find plenty of local treasures where you can relax and unwind after a day of exploring.

Pet Friendly

A Lake District elopement is one of the best choices for couples who want to elope with their furry friends. The national park allows dogs on trails, and many of the restaurants and pubs welcome pets as well.

4) Where to Elope in Lake District

Here are some of the best elopement locations in the Lake District to get you inspired!

Where to elope in Lake District - Helvellyn


Helvellyn is a mountain in Lake District National Park, offering different route options to reach the ridge of its craggy peaks. Hiking to the top is steep, but rewarding as you’ll see miles of mountain peaks and lakes from the summit of Helvellyn.

Where to elope in Lake District - Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere

The lake is surrounded by mountains and villages, and is a peaceful oasis in the Lake District. This easily accessible elopement location is perfect for those who don’t want to do too much hiking, but still want to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Where to elope in Lake District - Ullswater lake

Ullswater Lake

This second largest lake in the Lake District (after Lake Windermere) was formed by three melting glaciers, which eroded the valley floor, filling it with meltwater. This stunning lake is the perfect Lake District elopement location, as the surrounding mountains make the lake an amazing backdrop for any ceremony.

Where to elope in Lake District - Catbells lakeland walk

Catbells Lakeland Walk

Though it’s called a “walk,” the Catbells Lakeland hike is definitely more of a climb! The path is steep, with occasional rock scrambles, but the view at the top is worth the effort! As you ascend, you’ll walk through lush greenery, until you reach the ridge, where you’ll be rewarded with views of the valley below.

Where to elope in Lake District - Aira force

Aira Force

This waterfall flows from the Aira Beck stream, creating a layered rush of water over the ravine. It falls into a shallow pool of water, which continues through the valley and to the lake. Aira Force is a stunning backdrop for a Lake District elopement, and the area is even thought to have inspired William Wordsworth’s poem “Daffodils.”

5) When to Elope in Lake District

Before you decide on a date for your Lake District elopement, let’s talk about the weather!

When to elope in the Lake District - summer


Summer is the busiest in the Lake District, as the warmer temperatures and clearer skies bring out more crowds. It’s a great time for a hiking elopement, as the trails are likely to be snow free, and you’ll get the best views!

When to elope in the Lake District - fall


Fall foliage is a sight to behold in the Lake District. Temperatures get more mild, and crowds dissipate from the national park. It’s a great time to elope for those who want to enjoy the orange and yellow colors of nature, but late fall can get very chilly!

When to elope in the Lake District - winter


Winters in the Lake District are very rainy, and often snowy. Winds start to pick up in late fall, and temperatures can drop to below freezing. Especially in higher elevation areas, snow may make trails inaccessible.

When to elope in the Lake District - spring


Spring is a gorgeous time in the Lake District. Flowers bloom, lambs bounce around the fields, and the daffodils that so inspired Wordsworth grow around the lakes. There is still a lot of rain in the spring, but May is your best bet for clear skies!

6) How Much Does it Cost to Elope in Lake District?

High-end elopement

Travel to and from the Lake District: $1.000

Five nights in high-end accommodation: $1.000 

Elopement photographer: $7.000 

Private chef or full board: $1.000 

Officiant: $700 

Florist: $800 

Rentals: $500 

Wedding dress and accessories: $5.000 

Suit and accessories: $1.000 

Total for a high-end elopement in Lake District: $18.000


Budget elopement

Travel to and from the Lake District: $1.000

Five nights in an Airbnb: $600 

Elopement photographer: $7.000 

Food: $600

Officiant: $500 

Florist: $500 

Wedding dress and accessories: $1.000

Suit and accessories: $400 

Total for a budget elopement in Lake District: $11.600


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7) What to Wear

On an adventure elopement day, it’s important that you’re able to walk around and move freely. Especially if you’re going to be hiking, comfort is key.

What to wear for an elopement in the Lake District - the dress

The Dress

Put that mermaid style dress back! Opt for dress styles with flowy skirts and light fabrics, so that you can move around easily throughout your elopement day. Adding a cape or shawl is perfect if you’re eloping in colder weather, and nude colored leggings underneath will do wonders for keeping you warm! For warm weather elopements, fabrics like tulle and chiffon, that are light and breathable will help you stay cool throughout the day.

What to wear for an elopement in the Lake District - the suit

The Suit

A three piece suit is perfect for an elopement. Take off the jacket if it’s too warm, and throw it on when you’re cold! Make sure your suit fits well and is comfortable to move around in, so that you’re ready for whatever adventure your elopement day has in store.

What to wear for an elopement in the Lake District - the shoes

The Shoes

Hiking boots are best for an adventure elopement – you definitely don’t want to be spending the day in heels or uncomfortable dress shoes! Nothing ruins a day like a gnarly blister, so be sure to break in your shoes before the big day.

8) Elope in the Lake District – Your Checklist

Choose a Location

As an elopement photographer, a big part of my job is to help couples find the perfect place to say their vows. As a travel planner, I’m ready to go with all the best secret spots! Once you’ve decided to elope in the Lake District, don’t hesitate to get in touch for planning assistance.

Pick a date

Make sure to research the weather, then decide on a date to tie the knot!

Learn About Travel Visas

You will need a marriage visa if you aren’t a local to England – so make sure to apply with plenty of time to spare, and make sure your passports are up to date!

Book Flights and Accommodation

Especially during busy season, Airbnbs, hotels, and resorts can book up fast! Book your flights and lodging ahead of time to ensure you get the best deals, and are able to stay close to your elopement location.

Book Your Vendors

You shouldn’t have to handle elopement planning alone! A good team of elopement vendors will take so much pressure off of you, so you can focus on the important stuff – like getting married!

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