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UK Holiday Destinations for Couples | The National Parks

Tuesday 17th March 2020
By Natasha Colyer
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By Natasha Colyer
A caravan break at a National Park has all the ingredients for the perfect romantic getaway...

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway in the United Kingdom but aren’t quite sure where it’s time to reign your sights a little closer to home. The UK is filled with some of the most stunning holiday destinations for couples if you just care to look. 

The range of National parks that are dotted around, provide all you could need for a relaxing and romantic break. And the best way to experience this? In a caravan holiday. It’s easy, stress-free and allows you to be at one with your partner and the stunning scenery around you. 

You can avoid the price hikes that often occur in peak seasons and don’t have to spend hours squashed into a seat on a plane. Wake up to the scents of honeysuckle, take languid walks through luscious scenery and enjoy picnics under the hazy afternoon sun.

Explore local market town destinations, Unesco World Heritage sites and find the perfect spot to just relax and rejuvenate. Even if it is just a romantic weekend, you will return feeling refreshed, a warm glow to your cheeks from the soft country air and closer to your partner than ever.

Here are our top National Park UK holiday destinations for couples.

Brecon Beacons

River Mellte at Brecon Beacons
The Brecon Beacons is one of the top National Parks and is situated in South Wales. It is a place of truly outstanding natural beauty just waiting to be explored. The park consists of 500 square miles of secluded countryside where you can while away the hours together. 

Explore the beautiful waterfalls, valleys, and caves by foot, or take a canoe on the River Rye. Cycle through picturesque landscapes such as Sennybridge or Talgarth or go horse riding for a romantic slow-paced trek. It’s the perfect UK holiday destination for couples to enjoy. 

Snowdonia

A sight of Snowdonia lakes (Image by Joanna Rycerz from Pixabay)
Snowdonia is another beautiful National Park ready to welcome you for a romantic break away. Stunning countryside views are bordered with dramatic mountains - the tallest in Wales. These provide the perfect spot for a hike and a romantic picnic at the top overlooking the most breathtaking views that roll for miles.

Don't fancy the hike but want to see the views? Plan your visit to the Snowdon Mountain Railway, a beautiful historical style steam train that takes you three-quarters of the way up. Along with over 50 lakes, Snowdonia National Park holds Roman ruins, prehistoric circles, authentic Welsh Hill Farms and traditional stonewalls which are well worth visiting during your trip.

Lake District

Beautiful Sunset at Lake District (Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay)
The Lake District national park is most well-known for its glacial ribbon lakes, rugged fell mountains and historic literary associations. Head to the Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre which is an accredited 'Dark Sky Discovery Site'. This is one of the best spots in the country to view the night sky so makes for a perfect romantic picnic dinner under the twinkling lights of thousands of stars.

Spend your days meandering around Lake Buttermere, Lake Windermere or exploring Castlerigg Stone Circle. For those wanting to get a bit more active, you can hire bikes, try a high ropes course or climb a fell for some of the most stunning views.

Peak District

Derbyshire at Peak District (Image by Rhys Adams from Pixabay)
The Peak District measures an impressive 1,437 km2 and is an area teeming with natural beauty. Nestled in central England it offers steep limestone valleys, dramatic gritstone ridges and star moorland plateaus. As far as romantic destinations go, it’s one of the best for a holiday as a couple.

Take a romantic stroll through the iconic Pennine Way footpath or a horse ride through the Black Harry Trails. An area packed with stunning landscapes, history and wildlife you can spot rare butterflies, birds and plants and take in the scents of heather, grasses and herbs. It’s the ideal spot to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect with nature.

New Forest 

Wild horses at New Forest (picture by davidgsteadman)
If you want a romantic break away that leaves you feeling truly relaxed rather than heading back home in need of another holiday, the New Forest is an ideal contender.

The Forests are packed with trees, flowers and numerous walking routes. Expect to see wild horses and ponies among the plethora of wildlife which resides in the woods. The New Forest Wildlife Park offers the chance to see owls, otters and wolves. The many small surrounding villages are perfect for heading for a country lunch in the most idyllic setting. 

Exmoor

An old bridge at Exmoor National Park
Exmoor National Park is a 267 square mile landscape of woodland, valleys and farmland. This tranquillity makes it a perfect UK holiday destination for couples. It is a haven of relaxation where you can amble hand-in-hand as you take in the coastal views, streams and woodland. There is a whole host of nature to enjoy and you can spot anything from wild red deer to rare butterflies and bats.

Exmoor is home to ten Grade 1 listed churches and many quaint villages. These offer the perfect opportunity to peruse boutique stores and while away the hours in cosy coffee shops. 

Northumberland

Bamburgh Castle at Northumberland (picture by Russell Holden)
Northumberland National Park is the most northern of all the National Parks in England. It sits between the Scottish border to South of Hadrian's Wall and is one of the most secluded National Parks in the country. It also claims to hold England's 'cleanest rivers, clearest air and darkest skies.' It has a rich historical heritage dating back to the Roman times, so be sure to wander to Hadrian's Wall and the Cheviot Hills.

Explore the Otterburn Ranges on horseback or pack your fishing gear and try some of the best fishing spots. The Hareshaw Linn walk offers an area of outstanding natural beauty and Steel Rigg and Crag Lough are both walking routes not to be missed. 

Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire Dales country houses (picture by wendy1704)
The Yorkshire Dales is another great choice. Whether you are looking to go sightseeing for a walk through the beautiful, rugged landscape you won't be disappointed. 

The area encompasses an unrivalled sense of tranquillity, allowing you to connect with each other away from the stresses of everyday life. You don't need to be on your phone or device and can just relax in your surroundings. Explore the area on bike, amble along its riverbanks and have a hilltop picnic overlooking the views. 

There are many things to do from visiting historic castles and country houses to the Dales Countryside Museum and Malham Cove. There are many charming towns nearby to venture to on foot and bike, so factor in some time for this!

Dartmoor

English garden at Dartmoore (Picture by Kerstin Herrmann)
Dartmoor National Park is situated in Devon in Southwest England and has so many things to see and do on your romantic getaway in the country. You can spot wild Dartmoor ponies and other wildlife, or if history is more your thing, take in Neolithic tombs, Bronze Age stone circles and abandoned medieval farmhouses. There are many quiet areas perfect for lunch as well as numerous trails for a gentle stroll.

Be sure to visit the RHS Garden Rosemoor to see stunning flowers and wildlife and head to Buckfast Abbey or Castle Drogo for a taste of the National Park’s rich history. 

South Downs

"Seven Sisters" at South Downs National Park (picture by Claire Jones-Hughes)
The South Downs is the newest of the National Parks in England and only came into operation in 2011. Comprising stunning valleys, moors and charming villages it has plenty to offer for a romantic break away. 

Take a leisurely meander up the Seven Sisters Country Park where you can hire bikes or canoe on the Cuckmere River. Walk to the end of the Seven Sisters trail and you will reach a quiet beach.  This is the perfect spot for a sunbathe, paddle and to feel the gentle sea spray in the air. Here you can buy ice cream and paddle in the sea if the weather is warm enough, before heading back to a local tearoom for a cream tea.

Towns such as Lewes and Petersfield are the perfect spot for a rustic pub lunch. Be sure to visit Devil’s Dyke and Ditchling Beacon for leisurely walks soaking up the views. 

Don’t just visit National Parks, dive into them.

Taking a caravan break at one of these top National Parks in England offers the perfect reprieve from everyday life. They offer the chance to disconnect from the pressures of modern-day life and reconnect with one another. 
There’s something about waking up, stepping out of your door and being right in the thick of peace and tranquillity. You can feel a soft country breeze on your cheeks and smell fresh flowers and cut grass. Camplify offers a vast range of vehicles to hire so you have a lot of choices depending on your interests. Let us know what you think of our top National Park UK holiday destinations below.

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