Heading off on a romantic walking holiday in the UK is the perfect way to get to know someone better: no distractions, no technology, just the fresh outdoors and great company!
If you have just started dating someone in the UK and you feel you have a special connection then take your relationship to the next level by sharing some time away together.
This article provides suggestions for five romantic rambles for a first weekend away with someone special.
1. Isle of Wight coastal walk
The Isle of Wight is a beautiful place and the Coastal Path allows you to meander past towering white cliffs, secluded sandy coves and quaint little market towns. Stop off in one of the towns and pick up some delicious local produce to share a picnic on top of the cliffs.
Enjoy home-made chutneys, flavoursome cheeses and organic veg from the nearby farms and snuggle up with your partner as you drink in spectacular views out to sea.
Look out for the Island’s iconic Needle Rocks and Lighthouse dotted across the water. You can take a chairlift with your loved one up over the amazing coloured sand cliffs to get closer views of these beautiful natural monuments.
Wander back past the famous Sand Shop and buy your partner a unique souvenir as a reminder of the amazing time you’ve had together.
2. The Eden Valley
As its name suggests, Eden Valley is an area of stunning natural beauty. Nestled between the Pennines in the east and the Lake District Fells to the west the wide open valley has plenty of fantastic walking routes surrounded by breath-taking scenery.
Make your way to the peaceful Northern Lakes for the best views – the towering mountains are reflected on the shimmering lake surface. Travel along the shore to the rugged fells of Mardale Head – the only place in England where you have a chance to spot majestic Golden Eagles in the wild.
Stop off with your partner in the market town of Appleby-in-Westmorland for a pretty walk past ancient churches to Appleby Castle which was built nearly 1000 years ago.
3. Lundy Island
If you are looking for a secluded spot away from the hectic modern world of cars, phones and television then spend a long weekend retreat on Lundy Island. The island is very small – just three miles from north to south – so as you explore you will really feel you have gotten to know the landscape.
The island’s rocky coastline is a haven for wildlife. Cuddle up near the waterside surrounded by seals slumbering on rocks and puffins nesting on the cliff-tops.
As you wander through the centre of the island you will see the rare yellow cabbage plant and magical carpets of bluebells stretching through the woodland. Make your stay extra special by staying in the renovated castle which is available for holiday lets.
4. Fairy Pools on Skye
Head to the Scottish wilderness for a magical walk to the Fairy Pools on Skye. Legend has it that these sparkling, rainbow-tinged pools are home to Scottish mermaids called selkies. As you wander up to the pools you will come across a natural bathtub – the smooth grey rock has been carved into a perfect oval which overlooks the gushing waterfalls.
The pools themselves are a stunning tropical blue which may fool you into believing they are warm. But when you take the plunge into the crystal-clear water you will remember you are in Scotland, as the freezing cold water surrounds you!
Warm each other up but racing through the water and sunbathing on the flat rocks by the water’s edge.
5. Six Dales Trail
The Six Dales Trail winds for 38 miles past ruined abbeys, quaint villages and rolling countryside. The route meanders past relatively little-known Dales’ scenery.
Discover dry-stone-walled sheep pastures, springy heather moorland, peaceful river banks, the spectacular ruins of Jervaulx Abbey and the magnificent remains of romantic Middleham Castle.
If you are still looking for someone to share that romantic break with, an online dating site such as eHarmony can be the perfect place to meet them.
Show how much you care for your loved one by whisking them away to one of these fantastic destinations. Take a secluded ramble through wild countryside and connect on a deeper level surrounded by magical natural beauty.
Tracey Chandler is a freelance travel writer and regular contributor to a wide range of female-interest publications.