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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 October 15, 2019

                                                  How To Be Successful In Life? 13 Tips From The Most Successful People

                                                  How To Be Successful In Life? 13 Tips From The Most Successful People

                                                  What is success to you? How to be successful in life?

                                                  To some, when they think of success, they imagine wealth; others want power; some just want to make a positive impact on the world.

                                                  All of these are perfectly valid, indeed success is a concept that means different things to different people. Though no matter what success is to you, it almost certainly isn’t something will come easily.

                                                  There are countless guides and books to being successful, however, as success is personal and unique to each individual. The advice contained in these books can often not be relevant. Therefore following the advice of a single individual can often be unhelpful.

                                                  With this in mind, considering the advice of a great many people, people whose ideas of success were different both to each other, and quite possibly, to you can be a good alternative.

                                                  What follows is a list of thirteen of the best pieces of advice from some of the most successful people who have ever lived. If you want to learn how to be successful, these 13 tips are essential:

                                                  1. Think Big

                                                    From Michelangelo Buonarroti, Great Renaissance Artist:

                                                    “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

                                                    There are few artists as influential as Michaelangelo. Today centuries after his death, his work still inspires and connects to people. His work is world famous, just think of his statue of David, or the Mural in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.

                                                    Imagine then, if he decided not to work as an artist.

                                                    Being a successful artist has always been extremely difficult, imagine if he decided to give up this ambition in favour of something easier?

                                                    Oftentimes, people often decided to put their dreams aside for something more “realistic”. To give up their dream for something easier. This quote teaches us the danger of such a point of view.
                                                    Instead be ambitious.

                                                    2. Find What You Love to Do and Do It

                                                      From Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul:

                                                      “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it.”

                                                      This is a good quote to remember and think about when you’re at work.

                                                      Imagine being as successful as possible in your current job. Ultimately you’ll probably find yourself working extremely hard and this it will take up much of your time.

                                                      If it’s a job you hate, then being successful at it might only mean filling your life with something you hate to do. What’s the sense in this?

                                                      Instead, why not focus on doing something you love? When you’ve found what you’re passionate about, you get the motivation to keep you moving. Success at this means the fulfilment of your dreams.

                                                      Not sure what your passion is yet? You should learn about this Motivation Engine first.

                                                      Even if you’re not successful, you still filled your time with something you love to do. Many successful musicians spent years of their lives doing unpaid performances, the only reason they kept playing was because they loved to perform.

                                                      3. Learn How to Balance Life

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                                                        From Phil Knight, CEO of Nike Inc.:

                                                        “There is an immutable conflict at work in life and in business, a constant battle between peace and chaos. Neither can be mastered, but both can be influenced. How you go about that is the key to success.”

                                                        All too often, people think that to be successful, they need to make the object of their success their life.

                                                        If a person thinks their job will lead them to success, then they may spend countless hours per day, and well into the evening working hard.

                                                        However this comes at the cost of rest, your health and having an enjoyable life. Ultimately they may burn out and cease to be successful at their job anyway.

                                                        If success comes from having a strong social life and a good group of friends, their job may suffer; meaning that they may lose their job, and then be unable to afford going out with friends.

                                                        In these ways, success, as Phil Knight says above, is helped by balance. Think of it as a balance between rest and work, or work and play.

                                                        To achieve that balance, this Ultimate Guide to Prioritizing Your Work And Life can help you.

                                                        4. Do Not Be Afraid of Failure

                                                          From Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motors:

                                                          “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

                                                          There is a story, it’s unconfirmed whether it actually happened, yet the message within is none the less true:

                                                          Thomas Edison inventing the lightbulb was the result of several hundred failed attempts. In an interview, he was asked “How do you feel after all of your failed attempts?”

                                                          His response was great, “I didn’t fail, I learned hundreds of ways not to invent the lightbulb”

                                                          He saw each “failure” as a lesson. From that lesson he learned what won’t work, and also might work instead.

                                                          Each failed attempt, each rejection, were key steps on his path to success. It is easy to feel like you should give up after a failure. But perhaps in that failure is a lesson.

                                                          Pay attention to your failures, study them. Perhaps then you’ll learn how to succeed.

                                                          If you find it difficult to fight your fear of failure, here’s a guide for you: Why You Have the Fear of Failure (And How to Conquer It Step-By-Step)

                                                          5. Have an Unwavering Resolution to Succeed

                                                            From Colonel Sanders, Founder of KFC:

                                                            “I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know.”

                                                            This, in many ways relates to the above quote about learning from your failures.

                                                            It’s the easiest thing in the world to give up from a failure. The only way to push on is if you have the true burning desire to succeed, to not be moved or dissuaded from your goals.

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                                                            If you are not truly dedicated towards success, then each failure will hurt more, each set back will slow you down.

                                                            Success is hard; without the unwavering desire to succeed, this difficulty may seem insurmountable. With the desire, it is merely an obstacle to go through.

                                                            6. Be a Person of Action

                                                              From Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance Genius:

                                                              “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

                                                              Though it was said hundreds of years ago, it works just as much today as it ever had. It applies to literally any successful person.

                                                              Think about it, picture someone like William Shakespeare:

                                                              When we think of the time he lived in, we think of the time in a way shaped by him. When we think of Renaissance era Italy, we think of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci. Or think about the present day, Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. Our current way of life would simply be incomparably different if they didn’t accomplish what they did.

                                                              You’re probably reading this article on a device by a company that they either founded or companies influenced by them.

                                                              All these figures were proactive, they saw ways to do things differently and did them. If they let the world shape them, then they’d simply fit into the background. Instead they shaped the world.

                                                              Applying this to you?

                                                              Don’t be afraid of going outside the norm. If you can think of a better way to do something, do it that way. If you fail, try again.

                                                              7. Cultivate Positive Relationships

                                                                From Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of America: “

                                                                The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”

                                                                The best leaders and some of the most influential people (and Theodore Roosevelt is one of the best leaders and one of the most influential people to have lived) were not those who caused commotions, who fought with people or disregarded people; but were people who were friendly to those around them.

                                                                People liked them. They wanted them to do well.

                                                                This is key to good leadership.

                                                                It’s logical. If someone likes you, they want to help you; if you give them a suggestion, they’ll gladly follow through with it.

                                                                But if someone doesn’t like you, they may either refuse to help or actively get in your way.

                                                                What’s more, it’s always a good idea to cultivate good relationships. You can never tell who will prove to become someone who’ll be able to help you in a big way, or even be a good and supportive friend.

                                                                As such, help people and they may help you; and be good to people, and they my be good to you.

                                                                8. Don’t Be Afraid of Introducing New Ideas

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                                                                  From Mark Twain, Famed Author:

                                                                  “A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”

                                                                  It is an unfortunate truth that those with the boldest ideas are often disregarded.

                                                                  Most of us are taught from an early age to think and do things similarly to everyone else. This can be great to fill an existing role. But to truly do things differently (and all successful people did things differently), you need to think differently.

                                                                  If you have a new idea, don’t throw it away because it’s new and different; instead, celebrate it. Your strange new idea might one day be the one that leads you to success.

                                                                  9. Believe in Your Capacity to Succeed

                                                                    From Walter Disney, Founder of Walt Disney Company:

                                                                    “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

                                                                    Success has to be something you can imagine yourself achieving.

                                                                    It is possible that you will come across those who doubt you and your ability to succeed. You must not become one of these people because the moment you cease believing and dreaming is the moment these dreams fall away.

                                                                    Keep dreaming!

                                                                    10. Always Maintain a Positive Mental Attitude

                                                                      From Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of America:

                                                                      “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

                                                                      Like the above quote says, you need to trust in your ability to succeed. This is the only way to cultivate the right mindset.

                                                                      Replace negative thoughts with the positive ones. You need to approach problems, not as obstacles stopping you, but merely tasks that need to be completed for you to keep going.

                                                                      If you stay positive and think like this, setbacks won’t affect you so much, people’s doubts won’t impact you and even the biggest obstacles will seem like minor problems.

                                                                      However with the wrong mindset of doubt, you’ll be much easier to stop.

                                                                      11. Don’t Let Discouragement Stop You from Pressing On

                                                                        From Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of America:

                                                                        “Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.”

                                                                        It is an unfortunate fact of human nature — all of us in some way, doubt ourselves. This can be made far worse if others doubt us too.

                                                                        When surrounded by doubts, giving up can actually seem like a good idea.

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                                                                        Don’t pay attention to the doubts. If you are discouraged, ignore it.

                                                                        If this discouragement moves into your mind and you begin to doubt yourself. It is important to ignore this too.

                                                                        This is How Self Doubt Keeps You Stuck and How to Overcome It

                                                                        12. Be Willing to Work Hard

                                                                          From JC Penny, Founder of JC Penney Inc.:

                                                                          “Unless you are willing to drench yourself in your work beyond the capacity of the average man, you are just not cut out for positions at the top.”

                                                                          You might have heard the quote that “success is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration” or you may have heard about the 10,000 hours idea.

                                                                          Whichever way you frame it, they say one thing:

                                                                          True success comes from work.

                                                                          You’ll never become successful if you don’t work towards your goal in life and keep working towards it.

                                                                          Check out this article and you’ll understand Why Hard Work Beats Talent.

                                                                          13. Be Brave Enough to Follow Your Intuition

                                                                            From Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple Inc.:

                                                                            “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

                                                                            In ancient Greece, there was a group of Oracles who lived in Delphi. Everyone who needed advice or to know their future visited them, from the poorest of society to kings. Above the doorway of the temple were the words “know thyself”.

                                                                            If you strongly believe and desire something, chances are that you already have an idea how to get there. If not, you may naturally know what things will help you and what things will slow you down.

                                                                            It’s like how your body can detect danger even when things seem safe.

                                                                            Ultimately then, you need to trust your own instincts.

                                                                            Final Thoughts

                                                                            What you might have noticed is that many of the above lessons are similar — most are about developing the right state of mind. This clearly suggests that the key to achieving success, in whatever you wish, comes down to the way you approach it mentally.

                                                                            Moreover, no matter what stage of life you’re at now, you can still make a difference and pursue success. You can make resetting your life possible when you do this: How to Start Over and Reboot Your Life When It Seems Too Late

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