February 11, 2022

Top 10 Valentine’s Day Walks For You and Your Date

With love in the crisp blue spring air, you might be asking, “where can I go for a romantic walk?” But don’t worry, we’ve got some ideas that you’ll fall in love with. In this blog post, we will be giving you the low-down on some beautiful locations for some magical moments plus lengthier trips that you can really crush on.

 

 

  

What day is Valentine’s Day?

 

This year, V-day falls on a Monday, which means you can take advantage of the weekend before for some gorgeous Valentines walks and activities.

We’ve listed a whole range of loved-up, leg-stretching adventures, including visits to manor houses, national parks, sunsets and stargazing. What could be better?

 

1.    Lyme Park, Cheshire.

 

Lyme Park – Credit: Shutterstock

This glorious house is surrounded by stunning gardens, moorlands and a deer park to lose yourself in picturesque bliss. Unleash your inner Mr Darcy in the romantic setting of the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice.

 

 

2.    Kielder Forest, Scotland.

 

 Kielder Forest – Credit: www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk

What can you do outside on Valentine's Day? Go stargazing! You don’t always need to go to the most remote locations, but you can visit Kielder Forest on the border of Northumberland and Scotland. Visiting the Black Fell for a weekend of woodland walks and a trip to the observatory to look at the stars couldn’t possibly be more romantic.

You’ll need to wrap up warm when you are out at night, so don’t forget your Organic Cotton Beanie.

 

 

3.    Greenwich Park, London

 

 

This is one for our London friends. There truly is no better place in this city to chase a romantic sunset than Greenwich Park. It is one of the largest green spaces in the South East and the first royal park to be enclosed. There are flower gardens, a café, a boating lake, and a playground for the children. Enjoy sweeping views of the city and be right next to the Royal Observatory, the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

 

 

4.    Beckenham Place Park, London.

 

 Beckenham Place Park – Credit: www.beckenhamplacepark.com

 This Palladian-style mansion is surrounded by stunning ancient woodland for you to explore. And while romantic walks are fun and all, have you ever tried open-water swimming? Keep your relationship fresh and fun by trying new and exciting things together. Beckenham Place Park has a purpose-built lake for you to connect with nature in the most wholesome way.

To learn more about open-water swimming, the best tips and some fantastic places to go, take a look at our previous blog post  (it’s already making waves).

 

 

5.    Dalby Forest, Yorkshire

 

Dalby Forest – Credit: Visit York

This is a beautiful place to stroll, boasting over 8,000 acres of woodland. Choose the difficulty of your path and enjoy the sprawling views of Dalby Dale. There are also 55 miles of biking trails which range from family-friendly to physically demanding to suit your needs.

We highly recommend spending a whole day here to enjoy it to the full. Load up your Cedar Canvas Backpack with sandwiches and have an incredible time.

 

  

6.    Pains Hill, Surrey.

 

 Pains Hill – Credit: Visit Surrey

For the art lovers! Just a short drive out of London, you will find this ‘masterpiece in garden design’. It was created by Charles Hamilton to be a living painting. Wandering around these visual arts, you will be immersed in one of the finest examples of the English Landscape Movement.

Grab a map at the entrance and discover all the follies dotted across the calming waters, romantic landscapes and incredible views.

Do not skip the Crystal Grotto; it’s our personal favourite!

 

 

7.    Highgate Wood, London

 

Highgate Wood – Credit: Shutterstock

Up in North London, you will find the ancient woodlands in Highgate. It’s a short walk around the woods, but a truly lovely one too. You can also pop across the road to Queens Wood nearby. You can immerse yourself in the trees and forget for a moment that you are in a busy city, the perfect location for a romantic stroll.

 

 

Where is a good place to travel for Valentine's Day?

 

A romantic weekend away is always a good idea. Here are our favourite places to visit for an intimate trip.

 

8.    The Lake District, Cumbria

 

 You can visit the beautiful market towns of Kendal, Ambleside and Keswick are just two and a half hours away from London! There’s everything from hostel rooms, a cosy B&B, self-catering cottages and luxury spa resorts. With so many activities to choose from, it’s the perfect place to spend quality time with your valentine.

Some of the best walks for your trip are the Tarn Hows Circular walk around the lake with stunning views of grassy moors. Or do the 4-hour trek, from Thirlmere to Blea Tarn! A hike up The Old Man Coniston can get a little challenging, but it’s worth it for the excellent views.

 

 

9.    The Cotswolds, Stretching over (Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire)

 

 

One of the most romantic destinations in the UK are the quaint villages of The Cotswolds. There are so many beautiful walks, from long rambles to shorter trails.

From the pretty village of Chipping Norton, you can follow the 8-kilometre trail that is The Rollright Stones Walk. You can also climb Cleeve Hill to get to the highest point in the Cotswolds for some panoramic views. Or, for something a bit challenging, do The Windrush Way, a 22.5km circular trail from Winchcombe to Burton-on-the-Water. Worth every step.

 

 

10.  Cornwall, UK

 

It just makes sense to visit the most romantic peninsular on the most romantic day of the year. Walk from Sandymouth to Duckpool and enjoy sweeping coastal views. Or if you prefer the woods, enjoy a gentle stroll through Penrose or Cotehele and Bohetherick Woods.

Being by the coast can get a bit chilly; if your layers need a bit of an update, check out our organic cotton jumper. It will definitely keep you cosy.

 

 

PAWS FOR THOUGHT

 

As we like to say, love is in the Bear, and we couldn’t think of a more perfect way to spend this romantic day than mingling with nature and your loved one. Getting into green spaces is essential for both your and your partner’s well-being, so when you do it together, everybody wins! The UK has so much to offer, so make sure you make the most of it this Valentine’s Day and remember, nature and love are a match made in heaven. Take a look at some of our other posts below and join the ever-growing community of BearFolk.

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