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30 Breathtakingly Beautiful Places In The South Of England To Take A Date

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30 Breathtakingly Beautiful Places In The South Of England To Take A Date

Are looking for some inspiration on where to take a date in the south of England? From Kent in the east to Cornwall in the west, this part of England has a wealth of breathtakingly beautiful places that make perfect date locations. If you are looking for hillside views and ocean panoramas, the natural wonders of this part of the country will not leave you disappointed.

There are also a wealth of different activities for you to do while in these beautiful places, from a cliff railway to a landscape photography course. The scenic places on this list are sure to get you and your date in the mood for romance and to help you secure that all-important next date.

1. Enjoy the historic beauty spot of Devil’s Dyke

    Devil’s Dyke is a historic spot that presents breathtaking views of the South Downs Way. Why not take a picnic and then enjoy a walk with your date to really make the most of the incredible scenery?

    2. Visit Beachy Head for dramatic seaside views

      Beachy Head is in an area of outstanding natural beauty, perfect for a refreshing romantic walk in the sea breeze.

      3. See breathtaking views across Plymouth Sound from The Hoe

        Take your date to The Plymouth Hoe to cuddle up and enjoy the view of this eye-catching natural harbor. Why not take a bottle of wine or a thermos of tea to keep you refreshed while you enjoy the view at your leisure?

        4. Enjoy views of granite tors and sweeping moorland on Dartmoor

          Take your date just 30 minutes out of the city of Exeter for a pub lunch amongst stunning Dartmoor scenery. Maybe you will be lucky enough to see one of the famous Dartmoor ponies.

          5. Take in coastal panoramas from the top of the British Airways i360 in Brighton

            Enjoy the 360 degree views that the land has to offer from the top of the recently opened British Airways i360 observation tower in Brighton. And then go for fish and chips – you are at the seaside after all!

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            6. Take a cycle ride with beautiful views of the New Forest

              Headistbury Head Nature Reserve’s cycle paths afford views of the New Forest that are sure to impress your date. Only a short drive from Bournemouth, this coastal gem is not to be missed.

              7. Take a tree-top adventure through the spectacular new forest

                Impress your date with your bravery by tackling tree-top zip wires at Go Ape Tree Top Adventure.[1] You only have to hope your date won’t be too scared to notice the fantastic views!

                8. Enjoy breathtaking scenery from the Babbacombe Cliff Railway

                  Why not treat your date to a trip on the Babbacombe Cliff Railway? The views of Lyme Bay from the top station and beautiful Oddicombe Beach at the bottom are sure to impress. The railway can be easily reached from Torquay.

                  9. Go on a coastal walk from idyllic Maidencombe Beach

                    Take some time out at a quiet spot on the English Riveria at Maidencombe Beach and then why not enjoy the views from the well-signposted cliff top walk.

                    10. Take a river tour along the River Stour in Canterbury

                      Want to spoil a date in Canterbury? Canterbury Historic River Tours will do the trick, offering views of the city’s impressive architecture and the beautiful waterway.

                      11. Picnic in Mount Ephraim Gardens overlooking the Swale Estuary

                        The views of the Swale Estuary from Mount Ephraim Gardens can only be described as magnificent. It’s a perfect spot for a picnic!

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                        12. Walk the heritage trail at Whitehorse Wood Country Park

                          The beautiful views of the vale of Holmesdale from Whitehorse Wood Country Park will provide the perfect backdrop for you and your date. And all only a short drive away from Maidstone.

                          13. Stroll among the flowers at Goodnestone Park Gardens

                            An oasis of natural beauty Goodnestone Park Gardens is sure to appeal to your nature-loving date. Get lost in the walkways and if your date goes well, you can even get married there!

                            14. Go on a picturesque drive through the Cotswolds

                              Your date can admire the views of rolling hills and quaint honey-colored limestone villages as you pass through the beautiful Cotswolds on a truly memorable drive.

                              15. Enjoy the natural beauty of The Royal Forest of Dean

                                The spectacular scenery of the ancient woodland of The Royal Forest of Dean will be a real treat for your nature-loving date. There are many woodland paths to explore.

                                16. Take a guided tour of Clifton Suspension Bridge

                                  This world-famous Bristol landmark built by Brunel has incredible views over the Avon Gorge below. Take your date on a guided tour to really make the most of your experience.

                                  17. Climb Cabot Tower

                                    Bristol’s Cabot Tower has fantastic views from the top. You and your date will enjoy beautiful views over the city and the harborside. The tower is set in gorgeous parkland, which makes for a delightful post-climb stroll.

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                                    18. Enjoy a pub lunch with a view

                                      You and your date will enjoy lunch with a view from Dundry Inn, a pub just outside Bristol. Take a walk on Dundry Hill to enjoy more views and to help your lunch go down.

                                      19. Explore Dolebury Warren

                                        Enjoy spectacular views across North Somerset and the Mendips from Dolebury Warren. It is an ideal spot for you and your date to take a selfie to remember the experience by!

                                        20. Take an open top bus tour at Sand Bay

                                          Only a short drive from Bristol, you and your date can see for miles along the long, flat beach at Sandy Bay. Follow up the tour with a visit to Sandy Bay Tea Rooms to round out the date nicely.

                                          21. Swim under a truly unique landmark at Durdle Door

                                            Part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Durdle Door is only a short swim away from the shore, making it a perfect date for a more adventurous couple. You can also enjoy the view from the beach.

                                            22. Enjoy natural and city views from Hampstead Heath

                                              An oasis of beauty and calm, it is hard to believe that Hampstead Heath is only a stone’s throw from the capital… that is until you see the incredible views of the London skyline from Parliament Hill.

                                              23. Walk the pier at Southend-on-sea

                                                The pier at Southend-on-sea is the longest in the world, so it is no surprise that the views from the end are so impressive. You can see along the coast for miles!

                                                24. Camp in Epping Forest

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                                                  Conveniently located near London, Debden House Campsite is set in a beautiful location within the ancient woodland of Epping Forest. You and your date will be grateful for the opportunity to sleep beneath the stars in this special part of the South of England.

                                                  25. Take in the view from the top of the Shard

                                                    The Shard’s viewing platform offers truly beautiful views of the city of London and its surrounding countryside. Enjoy the spectacular beauty of a sunset from one of the many restaurants and bars up there.

                                                    26. Visit Wiltshire’s White Horses

                                                      Take your date on an exciting adventure to photograph each of the Wiltshire’s White Horses and then make a photo montage of these unique artworks set within beautiful scenery. It will be a lovely memory of your date.

                                                      27. Brush up on your landscape photography skills

                                                        To ensure you and your date capture the best memories of your dates to beautiful place, take a photography tour with a workshop like Light & Land Photography Tour. Learning new skills together will be a fun and rewarding experience.

                                                        28. Cycle the Isle of Wight coast

                                                          Escape to nature by taking a ferry to the Isle of Wight and renting bikes. You and your date can cycle the perimeter of the island, enjoying the wonderful coastal views all day.

                                                          29. Enjoy the coastline of Hayling Island

                                                            Whether you fancy having a go at windsurfing and swimming or you would rather go for a leisurely stroll, the beautiful beaches of Hayling Island will provide a gorgeous setting.

                                                            30. Walk out to St Michael’s Mount

                                                              The small tidal island of St Michael’s Mount in Mount’s Bay, Cornwall really is a sight to behold. The rocky outcrop, reached from the mainland by a granite causeway, is home to an ancient castle with sub-tropical gardens.

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                                                              10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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                                                              A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

                                                              To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

                                                              1. Camping

                                                              A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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                                                              2. Staycation

                                                              You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

                                                              3. Island Getaway

                                                              People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

                                                              4. Fancy Resort

                                                              Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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                                                              5. Road Trip

                                                              The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

                                                              6. Charter a Boat

                                                              If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

                                                              7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

                                                              If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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                                                              8. Themed Retreats

                                                              There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

                                                              9. Working Honeymoon

                                                              Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

                                                              10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

                                                              Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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