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Romantic days out in the forest

Our forests have been long intertwined with romance and folklore, and with some of the most romantic woodland spots on your doorstep, there’s plenty to inspire you to create a love story of your own.

Romantic woodland walks

Woodlands are the ideal place for you to walk hand in hand with your loved one and with a number of fantastic sites for love to blossom, we've named our top ten places to visit this Valentine’s Day for the perfect romantic stroll.

  1. Symonds Yat Rock to Biblins loop walk, The Wye Valley in the Forest of Dean
  2. Ober Water Walk, New Forest
  3. Winter Seasonal Trail, Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent
  4. Jerry Noddle Walk, Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire
  5. Bogle Cragg Trail, Grizedale Forest, Cumbria
  6. Words in the Woods Trail, Whinlatter Forest, Cumbria
  7. Birch Hill Trail, Gisburn Forest, Lancashire
  8. Seasonal Trail, Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire
  9. Red Walk, Great Wood, Somerset
  10. Church Path Trail, Salcey Forest, Northamptonshire

1. Symonds Yat, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Symonds Yat Woodland WalkSymonds Yat Rock to Biblins Loop Walk  
Distance: 2.8 miles

Begin your romantic walk at Symonds Yat car park. Head up past the ramparts of the Iron Age Hillfort to Symonds Yat Rock Viewpoint to take in the breathtaking view together. Then head back over the bridge and take the yellow trail down steep steps.

When you reach the river, take a pleasant ride to the opposite side of bank from the friendly ferryman. Follow signs to Biblins campsite and cross the Biblins suspension bridge, then turn left and walk along the Peregrine Path back towards the Saracens Head before making the ascent back to Symonds Yat Rock where you began. Enjoy a warming hot chocolate on the seating of the cosy timber café cabin!

2. New Forest, Hampshire

New Forest Woodland WalkOber Water Walk
Distance: 1.5 miles

Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to take in the New Forest's breathtaking sights. Starting at Whitefield Moor car park, this walk will take you along Ober water, giving you the chance to soak up beautiful scenery and atmosphere of the New Forest.

3. Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent

Bedgebury Pinetum Woodland WalkWinter seasonal trail
Distance: 1.5 miles

The National Pinetum at Bedgebury provides a beautiful setting for romantic walks. Follow our winter seasonal trail (1- 1.5 hours), starting at the Pinetum Visitor Centre, where you will see some of the wonderful trees in the collection, set against the stunning back drop of the lakes and sky.

Alternatively, take yourselves off the trail paths to find romantic secluded locations, hidden corners and streams, and benches for a secret Valentine’s cuddle! On your return to the Visitor Centre, the Bedgebury Cafe, will provide a welcoming place to enjoy a comforting coffee, an indulgent cake or lunch, all whilst enjoying lovely views across the pinetum.

4. Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire

Dalby Woodland WalkJerry Noddle Walk
Distance: 2.8 miles

If you’re feeling romantic at Dalby, we recommend the ‘Jerry Noddle’ walk. It’s a circular trail starting and ending at the Bickley Gate car park.
This picturesque route will lead you away from the crowds, along the forest paths to some amazing views. There is a magnificent lookout at the halfway point, which is the perfect place for a romantic stop. From this point you can see the beautiful grassy scenery of Upper Langdale Valley and out towards the town of Scarborough.

As you head back to the car park enjoy the peace and quiet, and take in the romantic scenery our trees provide, the perfect couple’s stomp!

5. Grizedale Forestry, Cumbria

Grizedale Woodland WalkBogle Cragg Trail
Distance: 2.5 to 3 miles

Situated between the picturesque lakes of Coniston and Windermere, Grizedale Forest is an ideal place to go walking on Valentine’s Day. With views of the lakes and mountains, the shelter of the trees and sculptures in the forest, Grizedale offers all love-birds a walk they will enjoy and remember forever.

As you stroll through the charming paths of Bogle Crag, look out for the ancient beech trees along the way. Stop for a cuddle as you view some of the most famous sculptures, such as Andy Goldsworthy's 'Taking a wall for a walk'. After your walk, treat your partner to a delicious hot chocolate and home-made cake in the Grizedale cafe.

6. Whinlatter Forest, Cumbria

Whinlatter Woodland WalkComb Beck Trail
Distance: 2 miles

Whinlatter is a great place for walking with unrivalled views across Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwentwater and Keswick. This is the ideal forest for romance to bloom! For Valentine’s Day our Comb Beck Trail has been chosen as the perfect romantic walk.

Staying mainly off forest roads, this trail winds through glades and beside streams and landscape features. The peace and quiet away from the main forest roads is perfect for a romantic walk.

7. Gisburn Forest, Lancashire

Gisburn Dusk Woodland WalkBirch Hill Trail
Distance: 1.25 miles

Stretch your legs with your loved one, and feast your eyes on the heart of the beautiful Forest of Bowland on our Birch Hill Trail. Follow the original farm track of Miry Lane through young woodland with the occasional stunning view over Stocks reservoir. Wildlife watchers can stop and linger at two viewing hides on the way. A gentle climb through mixed woodland passes a single old oak tree before a mellow descent back to School Lane.

8. Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire

Westonbirt Woodland WalkSeasonal trail - Silk Wood
Distance: 2 miles

Enjoy a romantic stroll around Westonbirt Arboretum on the seasonal trail and take in the winter highlights of this magical tree collection as you go. Experience views, vistas and glades and warm up in the Westonbirt restaurant afterwards with delicious range of hot and cold refreshments.

9. Great Wood, Somerset

Great Wood Woodland WalkRed Walk
Distance: 2.5miles

Spend Valentine’s afternoon exploring the nooks and crannies of Ramscombe with your loved ones along the Red Walk trail. This trail is perfect for those looking for a gentle romantic stroll. This trail will lead you past pretty streams and along some impressive combes and you will see some majestic Douglas fir and Sitka spruce.

Please note the Ramscombe car parks are pay and display. The car park opens at 7am and will be locked at 6pm.

10. Salcey Forest, Northamptonshire

Salcey Forest Woodland WalkChurch Path Trail
Distance: 1.5 miles

This is a fantastic Valentine’s walk, which takes you to the fallen Church Path Oak, Salcey’s famous “druid” oak, which was thought to be over 400 years old when it finally fell in 1995.

Weave through the tress with your loved one and venture on to the tree top walk way, a magnificent wooden boardwalk rising to 15m above ground level, with a viewing platform at 20 metres. Enjoy views over the forest and the surrounding countryside. The walk then loops back to where you started ending the perfect romantic jaunt!

Last updated: 6th February 2018

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