Do something different this Valentine's Day: 10 romantic adventures

Fed up of cheesy pink presents and busy restaurants on Valentine's day? Recapture the romance with a more unusual adventure for two, as suggested by the romantic Countryfile Magazine team. Which one would you choose? 

7th February 2017
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A captivated audience enjoy a performance at the atmospheric Minack Theatre, Cornwall/Credit: Getty

1. Story time at the Minack Theatre, Cornwall - Danny Graham, editorial assistant 

Perched high on the cliffs above the bellowing ocean, this incredible stone theatre is one of Cornwall’s most stories – and romantic – spots. Over Valentines weekend, old smuggler’s yarns will be told at storytelling events at the Minack. Learn how to “sow a crop”, how to tell a smuggler your house is safe, and how to use a goose to your advantage, then go exploring the hidden coves of Cornwall’s beautiful coastline.

https://www.minack.com

 

2. Row around your very own boathouse, Scotland - Sian Lewis, Countryfile Magazine contributor 

Retreat far from real life – so far there’s a whole lake between you and the rest of the wold – at this lovely boathouse for two in Belford, Scotland. Built on stilts over the water on the Middleton Estate, this rather sumptuous getaway comes with its own rowing boat for messing about on the water (reading love poems to each other optional).

Visit: crabtreeandcrabtree.com

 

3. Share a campfire dinner – Danny Graham 

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Many campsites have fire pits you can use. Make sure you check you can legally have a fire if camping in the wild. Credit: Getty

If you can brave the cold, why not cook up an outdoors feast for your beloved? Wrap up warm and head outdoors – you could try roasting potatoes in the embers of a campfire, cooking a stew on a tripod or just toast marshmallows to have with hot cider from a thermos.

 

4. Go on a full moon walk – Joe Pontin, features editor

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Head to the hills for the best chance of enjoying a moonlight minus light pollution. Credit: Getty

On the night of the 13th February a full moon will beam down on Britain, and the sun will set at 5.55pm. If it’s a clear night, wrap up, strap on head torches and head somewhere wild to see the starts. Just make sure you’ve got a warm pub in mind to warm up in at the end of the adventure or pack a flask of hot chocolate. 

 

5. Explore the Eden Project, Cornwall – Maria Hodson, production editor

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Explore magical world of the Eden Project in Cornwall this Valentine's Day. Credit: Getty

Sick of chilly winter? The warm, tropical biomes at Cornwall’s Eden Project make a mini escape to sunnier shores. Walk above the exotic blooms and trees on treetop walkways, spot butterflies and birds and then share tea and cake in the chilled-out café.

Visit: www.edenproject.com

 

6. Watch the sunrise at Avebury, Wiltshire – Hilary Clothier, picture editor

Avebury is Stonehenge’s smaller but much quieter and lovelier brother, consisting of three stone circles you can still ramble around without a gift shop in sight. Get up for sunrise and you’ll see these ancient monuments glow under a pink sky. Sunrise on the 13th February will be at around 7.30am.

 

7. Share a cosy camping pod – Laura Phillips, designer

If cold weather camping isn’t really your thing, why not kip in your own pint-sized house in the great outdoors over the Valentines weekend? Camping pods are small but perfectly formed abodes which are perfect for a couple. Cool Camping have a great list of posh pods to choose from.

Visit: coolcamping.com/campsites/glamping/pods

 

8. Take a ride on the Caledonian Sleeper from London to Scotland – Joe Pontin

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Caledonian Sleeper from London Euston Station approaching the Horseshoe Curve on the West Highland Line/Credit: Getty

Escape the city in style on the Caledonian Sleeper. Go to sleep in a comfy bunk in the big smoke and wake up amongst the wild hills of Inverness or Fort William. Spend the weekend hiking, biking or just whiskey tasting by a peat fire.

Visit: www.sleeper.scot

 

9. Spend the night in a bothy – Carys Matthews, digital editor

Head to the hills to spend a romantic night in a bothy. Free to use for walkers, the UK's bothies are often in incredible locations, from the remote corners of the Northern Highlands to Wales. Facilities can be basic, but that's part of their charm. Often a multi-stove and fire making facilities will be provided. If you're lucky you could find you have the bothy to yourself for the night, but in the peak months they can get busy, so pack a tent just in case there's no room to be found. 

Visit: mountainbothies.org.uk

 

10. Get on your bike! Carys Matthews, digital editor 

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Enjoy life on two wheels this Valentine's Day/Credit: Getty

Bike touring - particularly on a tandem bike, is a fun way to spend time with your partner. Enjoy a day of riding along one of Britain's off road cycle routes, such as the Camel Trail in Cornwall or Tarka Trail in Devon. Or if you have more time on your hands, why not spend a couple of days riding in the beautiful British countryside? Just don't forget to pack a romantic picnic to enjoy on route. 

Visit: cycletourer.co.uk/cycletouring

 

 

Main image: Getty

 

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