If you’re looking for inspiration to take your loved one for a walk this Valentine’s Day – then look no further. We have a range of walking ideas covering beaches, countryside and cities, spread across Great Britain.
Lyme Park, Cheshire
Head for the magnificent Lyme Park, setting for the famous scene of Darcy in his wet shirt coming face to face with Elizabeth Bennett in the TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Acres of sweeping moorland are grazed by ancient herds of red deer around the elegant country house.
The city of Bath
The streets and Assembly Rooms feature in several of Jane Austen’s novels, particularly the budding romance between Catherine Morley and Henry Tilney in Northanger Abbey. Wander in their footsteps down Milsom Street, revel in the sense of history from the famous Roman thermal springs to golden Georgian terraces – and join in the celebrations as it’s the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice this year.
Wordsworth country, Lake District
It may be a little early to see the daffodils in full bloom, but you can discover the house where one of the most famous romantic poets lived in Cumbria. Once you’ve tracked down the Georgian townhouse and the beautiful garden which inspired many of his poems, you won’t find it difficult to get out and walking in the spectacular Lake District scenery.
Almost any stretch of the Cornish coast will inspire romance, but don’t forget the winding Helford River, setting for Daphne du Maurier’s Frenchman’s Creek, and the lush gardens of Trebah which flank it.
There are some truly spectacular beaches in Scotland and Tralee beach near Oban is no exception. Shingled at one end with sand dunes at the other, the wreck of the Breda, one of the most dived on wreck sites, near Oban is just off shore.
Featured in the film Shakespeare in Love, Holkham Beach has been voted Britain’s best beach by readers of Coast magazine on more than one occasion. You can also enjoy the views across the marshes from The White Horse in Brancaster Staithe, voted one of the most romantic locations in the UK by AA members.
Famous as a location in the book and film of Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd, the sweeping beach at Lulworth Cove is one of the most stunning in the country. On a wintry February weekend it’s possible to do the spectacular walk over the cliffs to the Durdle Door without seeing another person.
On a crisp winter’s day the North York Moors are spectacular. Near Osmotherly on the edge of the national park is Mount Grace Priory, a 14th-century monastery. Nestling against the walls of the original manor house there’s also a stunning place to stay: the single-story Prior’s Lodge. Residents have the grounds to themselves before the priory opens to the public at 10 am each day. The cottage is ideally placed for romantic walks across the moors and along the Cleveland Way long-distance footpath.
The county has more Blue Flag Beaches and Seaside Awards than anywhere in Great Britain. From the dunes at Poppit Sands to the expansive 2-mile beach at Newgale, you can’t fail to find a romantic, wind-swept spot for a romantic walk this month.
Britain’s beaches are often at their best beneath sharp, blue winter skies – and the long stretch of sand at Southwold is particularly lovely. The area is surrounded by creeks, marshes and reed beds where you can have fun bird-watching or fishing for crabs before enjoying a warming pint by the fire in the Lord Nelson pub.