How To Have The Perfect Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to treat a loved one – but let’s be honest, flowers and chocolates get a little tired! Here are our favourite Valentine’s Day ideas, for ditching the clichés this year in favour of quality time spent on an adventure for two.

Visit a romantic place

There’s nothing like a day out together, and the National Trust have a wonderful selection of places to wow that special someone. Claremont, Surrey and Prior Park, Bath are both beautiful landscape gardens perfect for a quiet, romantic stroll. Alternatively, why not visit a stunning stately home like Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire or Knole, Kent?

Conquer a challenge together

Not traditionally romantic, but you’ll be surprised how close a challenge can bring you. You can prepare for it together, motivate each other to get to the end and ultimately have memories to last a lifetime – as well as some laughs along the way. For intermediate hikers, Pen Y Fan and Corn Du offers just the right amount of a challenge, with spectacular views to reward yourselves at the end. For experts, this is a great opportunity to begin a Three Peaks Challenge – and guarantee at least two more adventures together!

Sleep under the stars

What could be more romantic than escaping the hustle and bustle for a secluded getaway? Pack up a tent, choose a quiet spot and pitch up for the perfect date night, watching the sun set and looking up at the stars. Go the extra mile by selecting a location you know they’ll love: a coastal site for beach bums, a woodland retreat for true nature lovers, or one with perfect mountain views for the adventurous spirit.

Try something new

Learning a new skill is a great shared experience and guaranteed to be fun, especially if you’re both complete beginners but eager to learn. There are plenty of outdoor-centred activities which make a perfect date, but a favourite of ours is climbing. You can choose a level which suits you (to make sure it’s more fun than challenging!), support each other as you go and who knows, maybe even discover a lifelong hobby!

Swap gifts

Valentine’s Day gifting doesn’t have to be tacky! Show them you know them by swapping the heart-shaped everything for something they will actually love, and will think of you every time they use it. A flask for a camping enthusiast, warm gloves or a fleece for a dedicated hiker, a fitness tracker for the exercise fanatic…the list of possible great presents goes on!