The UK is home to not only some of the most scenic walks in the world but some of the most romantic. Lush, large green spaces, flora and fauna wherever you turn and wildlife and nature at its finest, there really isn’t anything not to love.
The perfect opportunity for a quiet hour or two with your loved one, some of the best walks in the UK are perfect for exploring hand in hand, witnessing the stunning views and enjoying some quiet reflection.
In this article, we look at a selection of walks that you should be heading out to enjoy as the days grow longer and the nights grow lighter, all that’s left to do is pop on your walking boots and pack your backpack.
St. Peter Port to Le Gouffre, Guernsey
Distance: 11 miles
The Guernsey Cliff Path running along the south coast of the island from St. Peter Port to Le Gouffre is one of the famous walks on the island, and the landscape along the way is hard to beat. A lengthy walk talking about 5 hours when following the coastal path, pass through Petit Bot Bay around 8.5 miles in before heading along the south coast before reaching Le Gouffre.
We spoke to the team at Bristol Nordic Walking who recommended a number of their favourite romantic walks, perfect all year round, The Guernsey Cliff Path was at the top of their list:
“The Guernsey Cliff Path from St Peter Port to Le Gouffre takes some beating. Stunning views and beautiful little coves and anyone brave can drop down to a little known beach near Petit Bot Bay.”
Quiet, peaceful and secluded makes this one of the most romantic locations on the island, accompanied by the stunning views, it’s a walk you just can’t beat.
Hayle and The Towans, Cornwall
Distance: 2.7 miles
The ultimate walk for the romantic coastal lovers, the route around Hayle and The Towans is one famous in Cornwall and a popular route for tourists and locals alike. Taking you along the sand dunes, along the cliffs offering stunning views over to St Ives Bay where you will meet the Mexico Towans. This gentle 2.7 mile walks turns inland and wanders through the sleepy village of Phillack with its medieval churchyard and quaint, walled cottages. The loop comes full circle offering breath-taking views out over the coast and beyond.
“One route which has become a popular Cornish Ramblings destination after work is Hayle and The Towans. Located near to the popular Gwithian and Godrevy, Hayle is a small town in West Cornwall. Hayle is situated at the mouth of the Hayle River and is near to popular tourist locations Penzance and St. Ives.” Says the team at Forever Cornwall on their website.
Amberley and the River Arun, The South Downs
Distance: 8.3 miles
Sitting in the heart of the South Downs, the circular route along the River Arun and through the quaint village is one of the best in Sussex and a firm favourite among those looking for a romantic couple’s hike. With stunning views and wildlife in abundance, there are a plethora of things to keep you occupied as you head uphill to Amberly Mount and out across the sleepy South Downs.
10 Adventures recommend this walk if you are in the area and explain more about the stunning sites you’ll see along the way on their website: “Walking along the River Arun and then through Amberley is one of our favourite walks in the South Downs. This fantastically varied hike starts by walking alongside the River Arun, before trekking through the historic village of Amberley. It then hikes steeply uphill near Amberley Mount, for incredible views of the surrounding South Downs.”
The South Downs is one of Britain’s newest National Parks but offers some of the very best views and hikes in the UK. With high elevations for outstanding views, secluded lakes and steadily flowing streams and rivers, it really is a location all couples should hike around. Wildlife can be easily spotted as you meander along hillside tracks and over ancient bridges.
Dunster Circular, Exmoor
Distance: 4.3 miles
One of the most breathtaking locations for a romantic walk, Exmoor is a National Park unlike any other, and the walks around Dunster are second to none.
Dunster Circular is a 4.3-mile circular hike taking you through Dunster Castle, around the surrounding villages and onto Exmoor where an abundance of wildlife await and Roman settlements have sat for thousands of years.
This 2-hour amble will offer you the very best these moors have to offer before a delicious lunch or coffee awaits you in Dunster village. Whilst you’re in Dunster, why not explore the 100 medieval castle which has stood on the site for nearly 1000 years? Wander around this magnificent building and explore the working watermill that stands on the edge of the estate.
Buttermere, The Lake District
Distance: 4.2 miles
A Lake District favourite, the walk around Buttermere is one of the nicest walks in the area and is known as a walk that almost anyone can enjoy. The circular route follows the outline of the Buttermere Lake and offers spectacular views of the glistening water backed by the Burtness Forest. Enjoy the views hand in hand as you wander along the grassy paths that meander along the lake.
We spoke to John, from The Outdoor Guide, who told us a little more about one of the Outdoor Guides favourite walks:
“A romantic walk is one that you can stroll together, maybe hand in hand, talking without stressing over navigation, rough ground or a challenging route. For The Outdoor Guide, a low level, charming walk around Buttermere in the beautiful Lake District fits the bill perfectly. Whether basking in the glow of summer sunshine or wrapped up against the winter cold, it’s sure to add unforgettable moments to any relationship – old or budding. At just over four miles in length, it will warm the blood, and the views of the hills and fells will stir the imagination. Plus, the full circuit of a Cumbrian lake will count as a shared achievement!”
Ingleborough and Gaping Gill Walk, The Yorkshire Dales
Distance: 11.3 miles
The beginning of the Three Peaks Challenge, the circular walk that takes you from Ingleborough and Gaping Gill is magnificent but not for the faint-hearted. A mighty 11.3 miles, this medium level walk takes you on a real hike across one of the finest hills in Yorkshire, The Yorkshire Dales.
The giant hills hide a multitude of secrets including caves, sinkholes and limestone rocks dotting the way, so walkers must be vigilant at all times. Gaping Gill sits pretty along the way, one of the largest underground chambers in Britain. The walk will lead you along the Dales Highway before swooping around to head south towards Clapham.
This walk is ideal for more experienced hikers who want to enjoy the real beauty of Yorkshire and the stunning views it has to offer.
A walk is a perfect way to feel at one with nature and bond with your other half or family members, so choose your favourite and make sure you head out into the stunning countryside that surrounds you. If you want to enjoy a guided walking experience, check out our selection of walking breaks UK wide and European walking holidays perfect for trekkers of all levels.