HAPPY couples may not be planning anything too extravagant this Valentine’s Day – but that doesn’t mean you can’t look forward to planning a future romantic trip.
Lockdown means that romantic plans this February 14 will pretty much be confined to a nice meal, movie night, or short stroll. But with lighter nights and hopefully better times ahead as the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out continues to gather pace, you can maybe start looking at planning a post-lockdown trip to some romantic locations around the UK.
And, if you are planning such a trip, you can’t go far wrong with these eight sumptuous star-gazing options for star-crossed lovers – courtesy of leading motorhome and campervan rental platform, Camptoo.
Catbells Lakeland Walk – Lake District
The Catbells walk is rated as the most popular walk for loved-up duos on TripAdvisor and could be the first place to check out for couples when the travel restrictions are limited, with over 100 available to pitch up with your Camptoo campervan.
The route offers beautiful views of the adjacent Derwentwater Lake and that could be the place to be when the sun sets.
If that’s not enough, a spot of stargazing (over an hour-and-a-half, subject to time of year, mins of peak time) could further add to the romantic mood or even get down on one knee.
South Stack Lighthouse – Llanddwyn Island
Situated on the Llanddwyn Island on the west coast of Wales, South Stack Lighthouse is another popular location for couples.
Standing a wonderfully picturesque figure against the vast Irish sea, it could be the perfect place to be when the sun sets on a wonderful view. If you’re looking to travel after lockdown, you will have a choice of 20 campsites all with at least 80 minutes of peak stargazing time throughout the day, meaning you will never have to stray too far from one of the UK’s most romantic spots.
The Cobb – Lyme Regis
Next on the list, we come to The Cobb, in Dorset. With well over 1,000 reviews, The Cobb is a highly-rated and popular destination for couples with some of the most romantic beach walks the UK has to offer.
Being part of the well-renowned Jurassic Coastline, couples could spend hours exploring the scenic views of Cobb Beach.
Rothiemurchus – Cairngorms
Located in the heart of Scotland’s largest and wonderfully preserved national park, the Cairngorms, Rothiemurchus is truly one of the most unique places to visit in the UK.
One of the many attractions is a 13th-century island castle, which is still standing strong in the middle of Loch an Eilean. Rothiemurchus also boasts the most time for stargazing of all of our selections, with 89 peak minutes available to witness the astronomical beauty on February 14 – and that will only increase post-lockdown.
Palladian Bridge – Bath
Sticking with the theme of striking historical architecture, next we come to Palladian Bridge in Bath. The bridge, built in the 18th century, is positioned within Prior Park and owned by the National Trust, meaning its natural beauty will be preserved.
Well over 800 TripAdvisor reviews mean this is certainly not a landmark to be missed, and with the stunning scenic environment surrounding, Palladian Bridge provides an excellent option for any couples looking for a late Valentine’s Day getaway.
Bracklinn Falls – Loch Lomond
No romantic destinations list would be complete without Loch Lomond getting a mention and our study shows Bracklinn Falls as the ideal spot.
It has a 4.5 rating from 729 reviews and is second only to its Scottish neighbour Rothiemurchus for the number of peak stargazing minutes (in February) on our list. If you like the sound of bright stars and the tranquillity of the gushing waterfalls, then this is the place for you and your loved one.
There are just 11 campsites in the area, meaning Bracklinn Falls offers one of the most remote getaways for couples looking for a late, post-lockdown Valentine’s Day.
Cader Idris – Snowdonia
Standing just shy of 1,000m, you’ll need to pack hiking boots for a trip to Calder Idris.
However, the stunning scenery, crystal clear lake and views of the stars from the top (with over 80 minutes of peak stargazing minutes in February) make it well worth the trip.
Plus, with 123 campsites nearby, there’s no excuse for you and your partner to miss out on a romantic trip once the travel measures have been relaxed.
Rhinefield Ornamental Drive – New Forest
One of the most southern locations on our list, Rhinefield Ornamental Drives wonderful, Tolkien-esque forest landscapes are a sight to behold.
Stargazing and forests go hand in hand, so you won’t want to miss out on the astronomical views on offer. Due to its location, Rhinefield Ornamental Drive is not the best place on the list if you want to stargaze – it has fewer minutes than anywhere else – but with 46 campsites in the area, you’re never too far away and it could be the perfect spot to take your campervan for a post-lockdown break.
Camptoo offers the UK’s largest peer-to-peer motorhome and campervan rental selection direct from vehicle owners in the UK, with plenty of selection for people planning a late Valentine’s getaway, within national lockdown restrictions, and pursuing the UK’s amazing landscapes and natural environment.