LONDON: You have been on plenty of romantic city breaks with your partner. You have stayed in beautiful hotels and dined in fantastic restaurants all over the UK. But now you are looking for something different.
The UK is packed full of adventures if you know where to look – an estimated 41.7 million tourists visited the UK in 2018, so there is certainly no shortage of things to see. But where do you start? Well, here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing and spark some ideas. There should be an adventure here for everyone:
- Climb Kinder Scout, Peak District
There is nothing quite like the feeling of conquering a mountain, looking down from the summit at the beauty that surrounds you. And being able to work together as a team to do this is something that can really bring you closer together as a couple. Kinder Scout is a fantastic place to start. It isn’t easy (no real adventure ever is) but it’s a fantastic challenge and provides some stunning scenery. And once you reach the top, which is a plateau, the walk across is delightfully flat. Find one of the many delightful inns or B&Bs in and around Edale and enjoy the warmth of a blazing fireplace before your adventure begins. And once you have conquered the peak, the walk back down to the village is one you can make with a broad smile across your face, knowing you have done something wonderful together.
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- Enjoy the sunset over Edinburgh
The Scottish capital is a beautiful city, with so much to see and do. But it’s hard to miss the shadow cast by the hillock that was once a volcano – Arthur’s Seat. It is a fantastic vantage point from which to view the city and, once you choose one of the many paths that take you up to its 251-metre summit, you are at the start of an adventure. Take a picnic and some warm clothing (it’s Scotland after all) and, if you time your walk up there correctly, you can reach the top just as the sun is setting over Leith. All will be right with the world.
- Hike the coastal paths in Flamborough Head
Sometimes there is nothing quite like a sea breeze to blow the cobwebs away and this is a real UK adventure. And little-known Flamborough is a fantastically well-kept secret for those in search of an adventure. The walking paths between Bempton and Flamborough’s incredible lighthouse is a walk as good as anything you will find in the UK. It is relatively flat for those of you who are not keen on climbing hills, and it takes you along a pretty perilous coastal path that is truly wonderful. Some of the views are truly spectacular and you may be lucky enough to see puffins, dolphins, seals and even whales if you get really lucky. Once you finish, reward yourself with a hearty lunch in The Seabirds Inn.
- Go glamping
There is something genuinely enjoyable about being at one with nature. Sure, you don’t have the home comforts you might have at home, but glamping can give you the best of both worlds. A number of companies provide yurts, or permanent tents/sheds that include running water, a kitchen and even in some cases a bath. So, it’s camping but without all the bad bits. Enjoy!
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