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

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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                                                              The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                                              The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                                              At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                                                              Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                                                              One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                                                              When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                                                              So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                                                              Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                                                              This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                                                              Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                                                              When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                                                              Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                                                              One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                                                              Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                                                              An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                                                              When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                                                              Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                                                              Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                                                              We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                                                              By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                                                              Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                                                              While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                                                              I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                                                              You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                                                              Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                                                              When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                                                              Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                                                              Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                                                              Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                                                              One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                                                              Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                                                              Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                                                              This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                                                              While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                                                              Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                                                              Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                                                              This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                                                              For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                                                              Con #4: Unique Distractions

                                                              Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                                                              For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                                                              To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                                                              Final Thoughts

                                                              Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                                                              We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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