Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular days of the year to propose and here in the UK we have so many gorgeous places to do just that. British weather in February can be a rather miserable but if you’ve found the right person, then it doesn’t matter whether it’s raining, snowing or blowing a hooly. It brings out the romantic in us all as we snuggle up to keep warm and dress in cosy togs to explore the countryside.
Romantic places to propose in the UK
Amidst the dreaming spires of Oxford
For lovers of medieval and neo-classical architecture combined with ancient learning, Oxford is a dream come true. During the day wander the narrow streets lined with University Colleges, chapels, libraries memorials, overlooked by the famous rotunda of the Radcliffe Camera. If the weather’s fine, take a punt along the pretty River Cherwell; its overhanging trees will send down showers of rainbow-coloured leaves as you drift by. Pack a picnic and a bottle of champagne – who could refuse a proposal in this idyllic setting? Just don’t fall in …
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On the shores of Loch Lomond in the Trossachs
What could be more romantic than to ask your true love to be yours on the ‘bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond’? Britain’s largest stretch of freshwater is a stunning destination not too far from Glasgow and Edinburgh. Overlooked by Ben Lomond, one of Scotland’s Munros, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is a blaze of colour at this time of year with deciduous trees putting on a great show. Take the ferry and ask that vital question or go for a stroll along the wooded shoreline .
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Anywhere in the Lake District, Cumbria
According to a Telegraph Travel survey, the Lake District is Britain’s most romantic place with the ‘finest scenery, greenest countryside and grandest views … and this, it seems, is a winning combination for those looking for love.’ Well, I’m biased as I live on the doorstep, but the truth is that winter in the Lake District is a wonderful time to visit. With attractive villages, welcoming pubs and a great selection of luxury hotels, quality country house hotels, boutique B&Bs you’ll find the ideal base for romantic walks and comfy nights by an open fire. Favourite places to propose include the maple-dotted Limestone Garden at Sizergh Castle, near Kendal, the terrace
at Blackwell Arts and Crafts House overlooking Windemere , beside Aira Force near Ullswater or the lakeside of Buttermere.
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On the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, Wales
With some of the most magnificent scenery in Wales, the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path is a great place for a romantic walk, arm-in-arm along the coastal paths or across one of the deserted beaches. Stay in the charming seaside town of Tenby, with its medieval gate, attractive harbour, art galleries, quaint shops, welcoming pubs and excellent restaurants.
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On the Cobb in Lyme Regis, Dorset
You may remember Meryl Streep gazing out longingly from the Cobb in Lyme Regis hoping to see her French Lieutenant coming back to her. The Cobb was built as a harbour wall and breakwater to protect the Lyme Regis from the ravages of the sea. This Dorset town, the surrounding countryside and coastline all feature in John Fowles’ renowned book; so if the Cobb is too windy or public for you, search out a fossil-strewn beach, a leafy glade or any number of appealing sites away-from it all to get propose to your loved one.
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So much choice! I suppose, with a willing partner, you could try all of them. That would be a lot cheaper than asking a different partner in each place… 🙂
Ha!!!! I think you’ve got the concept correct there Mike 😉