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24 Date Ideas For Landscape Lovers In The North Of England

24 Date Ideas For Landscape Lovers In The North Of England

There is nowhere better than the North of England if you are looking for beautiful, breathtaking backdrops of sweeping landscapes, stunning lakes, dense and magnificent woodland, or crashing waves on a beach at sunset. Here are 24 of the best date ideas in the North of England.

1. Discover Whitby West Cliff Beach from the sea and see its Shipwrecks

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    Whatever outdoor pursuit you enjoy, it is sure to be available at the Whitby West Cliff Beach. For the real adventure seeker, if you have dive equipment, why not go and explore one of the shipwrecks that are in the shallow waters of West Cliff Bay? A different way of seeing the landscape is looking back at the bay from the water, looking up toward the Cliffs. For the adventure seekers, taking to diving the shipwrecks in the Bay is a fantastic ice breaker.

    2. Sightsee in the Moors National Park

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      The Moors National Park Centre is a stunning spot on the banks of the River Esk. It is a beautiful backdrop for a picnic or a gentle stroll along the river. Should you want, it can be used as a great starting point to explore further afield. It is the gateway to the North York Moors. You can access historic buildings, farmland, woodland, moorland, and miles of hedges and drystone walls from the Moors National Park.

      3. Head for the Dales

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        You cannot come to this area without heading for the Dales, a stunning area in the Pennines that is a fantastic place for those who love the outdoors. The Yorkshire Dales is extremely diverse, with beautiful stone-built villages, lakes, and moorland. Finding someone who is “outdoorsy” and wanting to enjoy the countryside lifestyle is a must.

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        4. Visit Goathland

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          You may not know the village as Goathland, but it was the village used for filming in Heartbeat. You probably know the village by the name of Aidensfield. If you are a fan of the series, you will recognize a large portion of the village, including the stores, garage, funeral directors, the public house, and the railway station. The drive up to Goathland is breathtaking, so take time to stop and take in the views.

          5. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Mersey

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            Why not head into Liverpool and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Mersey? You can take a stroll along the newly renovated riverside, watching the boats on the river. If you are a water lover, there are a number of boat trips that take you sightseeing up and down the Mersey taking in the dunes, the river banks, and the metropolitan city.

            6. Walk through Holwell Nature Reserve

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              Holwell Nature Reserve in nestled 5 miles north of Melton Mobray, and is perfect for those wanting to do a short walk and take it the beautiful and abundant wildlife. Quarrying supports perfect conditions for many species of wildflower, including both bee orchids and common spotted orchids. What says romance more than wild blooming orchids? If it is wildlife that you want to see, in the spring and summer months, you can see an array of dingy skipper and green hairstreak butterflies, as well as a large colony of common blue butterflies.

              7. Take a day trip to Ireland

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                For those who fancy a little more adventure and want to take a trip to the Emerald Isle, there are a number of services running to Ireland. A lot of the ferries offer day trips (24 hours), so you can go to the cultural city of Dublin or head to the bustling capital of the North in Belfast. As you depart Liverpool, go out on deck and enjoy seeing Liverpool from a different angle. At the right tide you can sometimes see seals and porpoises at the river mouth – a romantic date if ever there was one!

                8. Investigate Bamburgh Castle

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                  A unique little castle, this castle was once the seat of the Northumbrian Kings. It is set high on the Cliffs, and is actually situated on a volcanic outcrop. The views from the top are breathtaking, and you really feel like you are on top of the world. It is still inhabited, and even has a treasure trove. Everyone wants to find that someone special – maybe your Northumbrian King or Queen awaits you?

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                  9. Visit Lindisfarne

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                    An unusual church set on the holy island of Lindisfarne, the church and island can only be accessed at Low Tide. It’s a bit of a different day when you walk out at Low Tide and watch the causeway close behind you. Or why not head to the mainland at just before sunset with a picnic and some bubbly? At the right time of year you can see the sun set directly behind Lindisfarne.

                    10. Cycle the Five Weirs Walk

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                      For the keen cyclists and walkers out there, the Five Weirs Walk is one of Sheffield’s best kept secrets. It is an eclectic mix of the industrial and the countryside, showing Sheffield in a different light with some interesting and very different views along the way. If you find sitting and having dinner or a drink a little hard, then donning a bicycle or walking gear and taking to the great outdoors can really help ease those dating nerves.

                      11. Go to Cragside

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                        Cragside is a lovely mansion house with beautiful architecture. It was actually the first house to be fitted with hydroelectric power and set within beautiful sculptured gardens alongside stunning streams. With over 1,000 acres to explore, the estate is really diverse and very captivating.

                        12. Visit the birthplace of Shakespeare

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                          If you are a budding playwright, or enjoy the works of one of the greats, then visiting Shakespeare’s birthplace is a must. Based in Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire, the house is a typical tudor style, and the grounds are incredibly stunning. For something a little more special, why not go to one of their out-of-hours events? The landscapes and house look stunning at dusk.

                          13. Wow yourself at Warwick Castle

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                            Arguably one of the most beautiful castles in the region, Warwick castle is an iconic clifftop fortress, with dungeons. You can easily lose yourself for a full day exploring the castle, its dungeons, and the grounds. Catch your breath from the top of the cliff and just enjoy it with that special someone. There is no place better and there is bound to be someone who wants to explore the mysteries of the castle with you,

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                            14. See Worcester Cathedral

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                              A stunning Cathedral, it is usually open weekends and school holidays, and attracts many visitors. If you want a different view, climb the tower at the Cathedral. The views across Worchester on a clear day are beautiful. Don warm clothing, a flask of tea ,and go for a unique first date on a crisp winter’s morning at the Cathedral Tower.

                              15. Visit Studley Royal Park

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                                A glorious Abbey and beautiful gardens just outside York provides a lovely romantic visit. Thrill yourself with the deer park and the ancient Georgian water garden. The Deer Park is something really special, and the ruins of the Abbey are also quite breathtaking in the mist. The entire estate is just glorious, and has stunning views over Ripon. A nice date could be a walk around the grounds, followed by tea and cake at one of the two on site tearooms.

                                16. Enjoy the Quarry Park

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                                  Created in 1719, the Quarry is set in 29 acres, and features sunken pools and glorious flower beds. Maybe someone will be waiting for you with some flowers when you arrive? Where will your first stop at the Quarry together be?

                                  17. See Lord Hill’s Column

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                                    Set in Shrewsbury, Lord Hill’s Column dominates the skyline. You can actually climb the column – it offers lovely views over Shrewsbury and the surrounding areas.

                                    18. Explore Haughmond Abbey

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                                      An Augustinian Abbey, the extensive remains and the grounds are beautifully maintained and perfect for a leisurely stroll, especially if you want to combine a love of history, love of the outdoors, and beautiful landscapes.

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                                      19. See the animals or go for a stroll at Graves Park

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                                        Not what you expect to see in the middle of Sheffield, Graves Park has a urban farm with a variety of animals. The woodland and lakes are particularly pretty, especially during early spring when you can see Bluebells, and sometimes Daffodils, in bloom. In autumn, the colors in the lakes and woods are glorious. Taking a stroll with someone alongside the lakes, or a gentle cycle ride is a great ice breaker, and gives you lots to chat about.

                                        20. Climb up to Souter Lighthouse and the Leas

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                                          A glorious red and white lighthouse built in 1871, it was the first lighthouse in England to be powered by electricity. Enjoy a date with a breathtaking view. For something with a little twist, how about a breakfast date up on the cliffs overlooking the sea?

                                          21. Meet the Angel of the North

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                                            No trip to Tyne and Wear would be complete without climbing up to see the Angel of the North, which has magnificent views over the Northumberland countryside. It can be tough getting up there should you chose to walk up, but it is a good angle to see both the Angel of the North and the surrounding countryside. Plus, there is the sense of achievement if you have both made it up there together.

                                            22. View the Tyneside Bridges

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                                              On a clear day when the water is still, you can’t help but be wowed at these stunning bridges. Venture up either at dawn or dusk to have a truly unique experience.

                                              23. Visit the Island of St. Mary’s

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                                                This small tidal island is just North of Whitley Bay and features a picturesque lighthouse. It makes a nice end to a cycle ride or a walk. If it’s a nice day, why not pack up a picnic with some home-made goodies and really wow your date?

                                                24. Discover Segedunum Roman Fort

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                                                  This building is actually part of Hadrian’s wall and features evacuated areas of the wall, as well as a viewing tower. The views of the surrounding area are pretty good on a clear day, and it is great seeing the mix of Roman History with the modern day living interspersed. During certain times of year there are fireworks, which are incredibly popular.

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                                                  Last Updated on February 18, 2019

                                                  13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with It and Enjoy the Ride

                                                  13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with It and Enjoy the Ride

                                                  Fear. I spend my life talking about fear — fighting fears, fixing fears and understanding fears. And yet I doubt I get 10 calls a year from people saying “Mandie can you help me fix my fear?”

                                                  Why is this so critically important to you?

                                                  The realization for me is that fear is not the fundamental driving force in your life it’s what regardless of whether I’m talking to a doctor, a teacher, a CEO’s, a senior citizens or teenager – every single one of those conversations has a direct correlation with your world.

                                                  Fear can range from the overwhelming desire to look away or stop in your tracks to literally fleeing your country and the life you knew. In this article, I will share you with 13 tips to face your fears and enjoy the ride.

                                                  1. Know That Fear Is Real, but Can Be Overcome

                                                  Right now around the world people are facing fear — real fear. Fear that I pray my children and I will never experience. Does that lessen my fears or your fears in your relativity safe 21st century life?

                                                  When I look at the world we all live in, I find that fear like so many other emotions can mean so many different things to so many different people:

                                                  • The child who has to be physically dragged to their first day of school.
                                                  • The man facing the judge.
                                                  • The woman with her hand poised over the buttons over her phone because she has to walk down a dark corridor late at night alone.
                                                  • The man as the surgeon says “count backwards from 10 Mr Smith.”
                                                  • The woman that’s told “We are sorry, we can’t help you.”
                                                  • The man that faces the empty circle of a gun and prays for his very existence.

                                                  These and a million more (Portrayed in every kind of movie, book or song you could imagine) are what make us human. We face fear and somehow move forward or are stopped in our tracks.

                                                  Like the rabbit in the headlights of the car that veers off through the field away from the tyres of the car or stays still praying for salvation. Like someone will save them. Sound familiar?

                                                  Fear is huge. Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.

                                                  2. Accept Your Fear

                                                  Firstly if you aren’t facing the barrel of the gun, atrocities that make the news or impeding death, that’s a good start. However it doesn’t mean your fear is any less real.

                                                  We are quick to say “I can’t moan, my life is not as bad as X.” While in theory, that’s honorable your appreciation of Mr. or Mrs. X’s horrific life won’t change anything directly. So accept your fear is relative to you.

                                                  And here’s what can be done.

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                                                  3. Get Some Perspective

                                                  I found myself asking anyone that would answer “what is your worst fear”. The answer that intrigued me the most came from my daughter (15 years old and she usually has a copy of Fight the Fear – my book – in her school bag so she can help someone else be as positive and confident as her. No matter what life throws up.)

                                                  And her fear, surprised me — heights. I pointed out that we live in a sprawling bungalow (one storey) and the highest she goes is two storeys’ at school! She laughed but added, fear isn’t like that Mum. I know it’s not a real fear, but it’s like when you stand on a chair and feel unsafe.

                                                  That girl will go far. Because she truly gets fear.

                                                  We know something is scary and yet we still do it. Why? Because we have a perspective to the fear. When you lose perspective, it can feel too big, and too scary.

                                                  So look around you to get some perspective on your fear:

                                                  • Are you really at risk?
                                                  • Will this kill you?
                                                  • Which leads us on to..
                                                  • If the worse was to happen what would it be?

                                                  4. Hold a Hand

                                                  As a coach, it is my job to holds someone’s metaphorical hand and help them face a fear.

                                                  Like the child petrified of the thunder storm or the teen that can’t get back in a car again after failing their test, your job as a parent is to reassure, encourage, enable and motivate someone to face something that ideally they never would choose to again.

                                                  We know many of our fears aren’t real. However, it is only when someone guides us with love, respect, lack of judgement and safety are we able to get through fear. And trust me, you can get through your fears. I’ve seen it so many times.

                                                  Ask yourself:

                                                  • If the worse were to happen, what would that be?
                                                  • Could that really happen?
                                                  • If the worse did happen, how would you recover?
                                                  • If the worse were to happen, what would you need to do next?

                                                  By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through it’s wily evil ways and move forward.

                                                  5. Know Whose Hand You Hold Either Physically or Emotionally

                                                  This helps with fears for the rest of your life.

                                                  Think of someone you can always rely on (and ideally you won’t just answer yourself because that adds a lot of pressure to your existence!) And you will find that you’ve already found a way to get through fear.

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                                                  The beauty of this is that it means that fear becomes part of life not something to be feared and shied away from.

                                                  It means you know you can turn to your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say “Right I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”

                                                  For one moment, think about it from the other person’s view point. When we get to help other people we feel valued, loved, respected and lots of other positive emotions and we get a good dose of positive chemicals setting off in our bodies too.

                                                  Your fear, and your determination to fight it, helped someone else too. Now that’s cool right?

                                                  6. Understand That There Are Some Things Fear Will Never Touch

                                                  I like to find role models in life — people who have faced heroism, history changing moments, war, atrocities, miracles, life saving inventions.

                                                  Not everyone was looking for greatness, however they all found it. And one of my favourite books to date is written about Alistair Urquhart, the forgotten highlander. If this doesn’t get turned into a film in the future, then no man’s story is likely to.

                                                  Alistair went through the most horrific experiences in the 2nd world war. If you think of one of the awful things that happened back then in our world, Alistair went through at least 3 of them! Asked afterwards how did you cope? He talked about how whatever they did to his body, no matter how they starved, tortured, threatened or mocked him, they couldn’t have his mind. In his mind he was free.

                                                  Of all the people’s voices I’ve heard in my head over the years, this is one of those statements that reminds me anything is possible if you have faith and hope.

                                                  Look for the things in life that fear can’t touch. They will create confidence and faith for the future, whatever you face. And they will give you a sense of why being you is awesome.

                                                  Of all the billions of people on this planet, no one will have an answer identical to yours!

                                                  7. Process Your Fears to Carry on with Life

                                                  Being brave is not about sticking your chest out and smiling regardless of what hell you endure. It is about finding a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.

                                                  I have a tool kit of things I can rely on – tools, strategies, techniques. They include people to hug or talk to, music. hobbies, walks on the beach and even my favourite food. It sounds mad but at the times where I have questioned “how will I get through this?” I’ve found immense joy in doing the most unlikely of thing that makes me smile.

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                                                  It may be a short lived moment of happiness. However, it reminded that nothing stays the same and I can find away.

                                                  One client told me that it was crazy when it felt like their world was falling around their ears to run a bath to the brim (you don’t waste water) get the best bath oils, light too many candles, lock the door and drink a glass of bubbly (champagne is only for special occasions.)

                                                  Did that moment fix the disaster that my clients life felt? No, however it gave them a moment of calm and the brain is far quicker to find solutions, resolve and motivation to keep going when you do that.

                                                  It may feel like madness to do something you love, however it can be a powerful way to help you find solutions to the fears you face in life.

                                                  8. Assume the Worse

                                                  If you read the statement from the client above. Notice how they assumed it was wrong to fill the bath up to the top? How bubbly is only for special occasions?

                                                  Think how naughty they felt to be doing something that was not allowed?

                                                  • Think about what age it may have made them feel?
                                                  • Think about how they feel about champagne?
                                                  • What special moments it’s been a part of in their lives?

                                                  And you can see how the assumptions they made about their “right” to have these things was not healthy.

                                                  When I drag the assumptions out of people’s words for them to see, they are often struck by how negative the words make them feel.

                                                  Don’t assume your words aren’t impacting on you. You can go through fear and actually enjoy the ride when you take the time to understand how you are letting words get to you.

                                                  9. Take a Fear That Feels Insurmountable Right Now.

                                                  If you were to repeat it to me out loud, what would you say?

                                                  Would you have blame on yourself in there? Would you assume others can do it and it’s just you? Would you feel small, unsuccessful, useless, unworthy?

                                                  Usually, when you do this exercise, you are able to spot the untruths that run wild in your head convincing you that you are doomed. And rarely when we are faced with our assumptions is there is a lot of evidence to them.

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                                                  10. You Are Not Defined by Your Fear

                                                  One fear does not define your life – be mindful of that. It is likely to lead you to thinking of all the times you’ve succeeded and bring a moment of calm, confidence and faith back to you.

                                                  11. Go with Fear

                                                  When you learn to go with fear, you could find yourself actually having fun, no seriously – having fun.

                                                  I have a few amazing clients I’m working with right now who would describe themselves as life long worriers, or pessimists. In the past that has served them well, enabling them to keep safe, steer clear of risks and even develop strategies in the event of disasters. However, now they find it’s becoming hard to break the cycle and they really want to because it’s holding them back.

                                                  Notice how they’ve found their hidden fears and want to face them?

                                                  One client said “I knew this was going to be tough, and I knew I couldn’t fight it alone and I knew you would be the one to help me.” Before I sat an incredibly successful, confident, capable business owner with a family and a social life to die for.

                                                  However, I’ve learned that the most successful looking lives can hide things that impact on life, success, love, happiness and business.

                                                  We didn’t start with the fear that they felt was holding them back, we broke the fear down, and found lots of little obstacles that had been deemed as “life” and “unchangeable” and “that’s just the way it is” by developing awareness to the little steps on the road to their obstacles to happiness and success they were able to tackle them in a different way.

                                                  12. Discover Great Skills in Your Scary Moments

                                                  And in that clients words “I came here to work with you to grow my company, and my own personal skills. I didn’t expect to get the children to be cleaning up after themselves and my partner being more attentive! It all feels a little magic.”

                                                  The moral is that out of the scariest of moments, we can find great skills we didn’t know we had. Find better, healthier, happier ways to live and find ways to enjoy life more. (And have a bit of magic!)

                                                  What a great place to be in ready for the next fear that thinks it’s going to get in the way of you, right?

                                                  13. Own Your Fear

                                                  Think back over these tips and come up with at least one example for each one. Write them down. Put them on your phone. Turn them into a piece of art. Turn them into a poem. Frame them. Go for a fast walk across the fields, beach, down town and repeat these things in your head to the sound of your feet on the ground.

                                                  We rarely take the time to appreciate how far we have come, how much we can achieve or what we are capable of – by really owning the tips in this article you will have given your brain a big fat dose of “Damn right I can do this!” and the motivation and accountability to say “Let’s find a way” through any fear.

                                                  You can’t help but feel good when you see that can you? And fear doesn’t stand a chance, does it?

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