Britains most romantic landscapes

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This Valentines Day, why not escape to one of these spectacular locations. Here is our guide to some of Britains most romantic places to explore.


Lake District

Few things in these islands can match the natural beauty of the Lake District. These stunning English fells stand tall, hiding lengthy lakes amongst sumptuous valleys. There are countless little villages worth staying in to get away from it all. Its easy to see why the region inspired poets and writers like Wordsworth and Wainwright.

The view from Haystacks with High Stile separating Ennerdale and Crummock Waters, The Lake District, Cunbria, England.

Almost everywhere in Lakeland offers relaxing isolation and hill walking of all varieties, from gentle strolls along winding rivers, to tackling Scafell Pike, Englands highest peak from which you can see Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the Isle of Man on a clear day.

Best walks in the Lake District National Park

Of all the national parks in Britain, the Lake District in Cumbria is arguably the most celebrated discover the the areas fells, rivers, waters and towns with our favourite walks

The Lake District National Park comprises 912 square miles of high mountains, lakes, rivers and coastline, and receives almost 16 million visitors a year. No wonder, then, that it was loved so dearly by Beatrix potter, Alfred Wainwright, Arthur Ransome and William and Dorothy Wordsworth.

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The Lake District's Blencathra mountain


New Forest

The New Forest in Hampshire is, to some, deceptively named. Far from a thick green blanket of trees covering he majority of this country, it is a balance of woods and open countryside. While there are wooded areas of varying sizes and densities, it is largely made up of heathland, smattered with heather and horses.

New Forest Pony and reflection

It is area brimming with wildlife as well as livestock and domestic animals that you will encounter at regular intervals as you amble along the attractive, level landscape that stretches out from the coast at Lymington, up towards Salisbury.

Best walks in New Forest National Park

New Forest National Park is famed for its beautiful heathland and myriad forest trails discover its beauty on foot with our favourite hikes.

The New Forest is anything but new. It was created by William the Conqueror in 1079 as a place where he could hunt deer and wild pigs the so called beasts of the chase. Nowadays, the landscapes use has change dramatically, largely thanks to the designation of the New Forest National Park in 2005.

From vast heathland hills and ancient trees, to butterflies, reptiles, wading birds and wild ponies, the national park is a vital refuge for some of Britains most precious species.

See our guide to the best walks in the New Forest National Park




In the north west of Wales, on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, the village of Portmeirion is an enchanting place. Its vibrantly coloured cottages look quite continental in their design, while Victorian castellated mansion Castell Deudraeth looks as British a building as they come. Port Meirion offers a quaint base from which to explore this stunning region.

Landscape from top of Cadair Idris mountain in Snowdonia National Park over Llyn y Gader with cloudy stormy sky

Swallow Fallsin Snowdonia National Park is regarded as one of the countrys most beautiful natural locations. Elsewhere, the beautiful Cwm Pennant valley provides a little more seclusion for the romantics who want to forget the outside world for a while.

Best walks in Snowdonia National Park

Packed with great mountain climbs, idyllic river walks, lakeside rambles and coastal hikes, Snowdonia National Park is the perfect getaway location for hiking our pick of the best walks in Snowdonia, Wales.

Snowdonia National Park covers 823 square miles of north-west Wales and contains the countrys highest peak, Snowdon.

The region, designated as a national park in 1951, was sculpted by glaciers, leaving behind a spectacular landscape of craggy mountains and hills, deep valleys and over 100 lakes.

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Mountain range in winter with frozen lake


Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales offer glorious hills, stunning waterfalls (Hardraw Force, Janets Foss and Aysgarth Falls in particular) and pretty farm villages populated with many a pleasant pub. Again, its an area of northern England that is perfect for hill walking, although here the peaks are considerably less high than those in Lakeland.

Stonesdale Beck flows below Stonesdale Bridge on Stonesdale Moor in Upper Swaledale, part of Yorkshire Dales National Park/Credit: Getty Images

South Stack, Anglesey


Lyme Regis, Dorset

The harbour in Lyme Regis, better known as The Cobb, plays host to an unparalleled panoramic view of the dramatic coastline. At sunset, choppy waters reflect light to create the perfect stage for an enviably Hollywood proposal.

Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast, Dorset, England


The Cairngorms teems with towering trees, shimmering lochs and busy wildlife. Take a hike through this vast, untamed area of Scotland with our list of the areas best walks.

Loch Morlich Cairngorms Alamy

Romantic adventures to celebrate Valentines Day

Enjoy a play at theMinack Theatre, Cornwall

Perched high on the cliffs above the bellowing ocean, this incredible stone theatre is one of Cornwalls most stories and romantic spots. Over Valentines weekend, old smugglers yarns will be told at storytelling events at the Minack. Learn how to sow a crop, how to tell a smuggler your house is safe, and how to use a goose to your advantage, then go exploring the hidden coves of Cornwalls beautiful

Watch a play at the atmospheric Minack Theatre on Cornwalls coast/Credit: Getty Images

Share a campfire dinner

If you can brave the cold, why not cook up an outdoors feast for your beloved? Wrap up warm and head outdoors you could try roasting potatoes in the embers of a campfire, cooking a stew on a tripod or just toast marshmallows to have with hot cider from a thermos.

Romantic cottages and cosy hideaways to stay in the UK

Find inspiration for a romantic weekend away this Valentines Day with this selection of gorgeous cottages or cosy hideaways in the British countryside.

Shepherd's Hut, Beaconhill, Northumberland

Go on a night walk

If its a clear night, wrap up, strap on head torches and head somewhere wild to see the starts. Just make sure youve got a warm pub in mind to warm up in at the end of the adventure or pack a flask of hot chocolate.

Indulge in a romantic night walk/Credit: Getty Images

Watch the sunrise at Avebury,Wiltshire

Avebury is Stonehenges smaller but much quieter and lovelier brother, consisting of three stone circles you can still ramble around without a gift shop in sight. Get up for sunrise and youll see these ancient monuments glow under a pink sky. Sunrise on the 14th February will be at around 7.30am.

Share a cosy camping pod

If cold weather camping isnt really your thing, why not kip in your own pint-sized house in the great outdoors over the Valentines weekend? Camping pods are small but perfectly formed abodes which are perfect for a couple. Cool Camping have a great list of posh pods to choose from.

Take a ride on the Caledonian Sleeper from London to Scotland

Escape the city in style on the Caledonian Sleeper. Go to sleep in a comfy bunk in the big smoke and wake up amongst the wild hills of Inverness or Fort William. Spend the weekend hiking, biking or just whiskey tasting by a peat fire.

Spend a night in a bothy

Head to the hills to spend a night in a bothy. Free to use for walkers, the UKs bothies are often inincredible locations, from the remote corners of the Northern Highlandsto Wales. Facilities can be basic, but thats part of their charm. Often a multi-stove and fire making facilities will be provided. If youre lucky you could find you have the bothy to yourself for the night, but in the peak months they can get busy, so pack a tent just in case theres no room to be

Get on your bike!

Bike touring particularly on a tandem bike, is a funway to spend time with your partner. Enjoy a day of riding along one of Britains off road cycle routes, such as the Camel Trail in Cornwall or Tarka Trail in Devon. Or if you have more time on your hands, why not spend a couple of days riding in the beautiful British countryside? Just dont forget to pack a romantic picnic to enjoy on route.