Thinking of popping the big question this Valentine’s Day?
Trying to find the perfect location? Look no further as ViewRanger has your proposal covered with the top 10 UK places to propose in the outdoors!
The routes have all been carefully selected because they feature a pinnacle spot, perfect for the big moment - just don’t forget the ring!
Even if you’re not quite ready to say ‘I do’ the routes will certainly add some romance to your walk with the breath-taking views at every turn. Whether you’re a fan of beaches, history, literature or films we have a location for everyone - so pack a picnic and enjoy the beautiful sights of the UK’s countryside this Valentine’s Day!
Our Romantic Walks collection includes:
1. Camusdarach Beach, Scotland – for the beach lovers
Made famous by the 1983 BAFTA ward-winning film, Local Hero, Camusdarach Beach lies on the west coast of Scotland in one of the most picturesque parts of the Highlands. The stunning white sands and crystal clear blue water at Camusdarach Beach is Scotland’s answer to a Bahamian bay.
The beach has views over the isles of Skye, Eigg and Rum and is host to beach weddings in the warmer summer months. There’s a nearby campsite and hotel if you want to stay in the area but you could always take boat to one of the isles after you’ve popped the question.
2. Calton Hill, Edinburgh – for the history lovers
This one is for the history lovers. The views from Calton Hill have inspired and amazed visitors to Edinburgh for years. Landmarks such as the Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile, Arthur’s Seat and Scottish Parliament can all be seen from the top, making it a great place to get down on one knee when in the Scottish capital.
There's plenty to see on the hill itself thanks to the National Monument, inspired by the Pantheon in Athens and the Nelson Monument, built to commemorate the death of Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar.
3. Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland – fit for a queen
Bamburgh Castle’s stunning beachside location makes it one of the most iconic historic buildings in the UK. A walk along the shoreline to Budle Bay will mean that on your return, the castle will make the perfect backdrop, or why not pop the question in the grand surroundings of the castle itself? When it’s time to celebrate why not head for afternoon tea at the castle or a picnic if the weather’s good.
4. Lodore Falls, Keswick – for the water signs
The Lodore Falls are spectacular after heavy rain so, if the forecast is wet for February, this is a great spot for a proposal on Valentine’s Day. The 100ft falls are formed by the beck from Watendlath Tarn cascading down over huge boulders and have long been a tourist attraction for those visiting Keswick. They’re even the subject of a famous poem by Robert Southey, ‘How does the water come down at Lodore’. Located just behind the Lodore Falls Hotel, the path to the falls is an easy walk so you won’t feel too exerted when it comes to that crucial moment.
5. Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales – for the Harry Potter fans
The Yorkshire Dales are home to many beauty spots but Malham Cove is the one to choose if you’re a Harry Potter fan. The famous limestone cliff’s waterfall flowed once again in December during the heavy rain, making it the country’s tallest uninterrupted waterfall.
The cove is usually dry so visitors can stand at its foot or walk atop the limestone pavement which features in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The 70 metre high cliff is home to a pair of nesting Peregrine falcons during summer, as well as being a favourite with climbers.
6. Chatsworth House, Derbyshire – for the Jane Austen fans
If your partner is a lover of literature or film then Chatsworth House may be the perfect place to get down on one knee. Written by Jane Austen while she was in nearby Bakewell, the grand family home of the Devonshires was inspiration for Pemberley, Mr. Darcy’s residence in the classic romance novel Pride and Prejudice.
Inside the house is the grand staircase and ceiling of the Painted Hall from the novel's 2005 film adaptation, starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. The fabulous gardens offer a wealth of walking trails and beautiful views, and the view over the house from the top of the Cascade water feature is particularly beautiful.
7. Painswick Rococo Gardens – for some added flower power
The delicate snowdrops that fill the Painswick Rococo Garden in January and February make for a picturesque backdrop for a proposal. Why not visit the gardens after a nice walk from Painswick along the Cotswold Way and through the lower Cotswold countryside? The perfect finish to a lovely day in the great outdoors and a romantic final destination that you can revisit every year!
8. Royal Observatory, Greenwich – for the stargazers
If you’re in London then a stroll through Greenwich Park is a great way to spend any afternoon. If you were to drop down on one knee at the Royal Observatory, you could do so on the historic Meridian Line which divides the earth’s eastern and western hemispheres – a symbol of the point were two things meet.
If that wasn’t enough you could visit the planetarium and meet real astronomers and take an awe inspiring journey into space? There’s also one of the best views of London and the River Thames from the top of the hill in the park so you’ll be spoiled for choice!
9. Wembury Point, Devon – for the art lovers
If your chosen one is an art fan, then perhaps they’ll be impressed by a location that was inspiration for JW Turner, no less?
Wembury Point has attractive views throughout the year, from Gara Point over to Noss Mayo, the Yealm Estuary, the Mewstone, Plymouth Breakwater and onto Rame Head in Cornwall. You may even spot dolphins, seals or peregrines during your walk so it’s worth bringing some binoculars as well as the ring!
If you decide to wait until it’s warmer then spring time sees bluebells flower, adding to the rich tapestry of this beautiful stretch of coastline.
10. St. Nectan’s Glen, Cornwall – for a touch of magic
St. Nectan’s Glen stretches for around one mile along the Trevillet River. Locals believe the sixth-century Saint Nectan had his hermitage above the impressive 60 foot waterfall (St. Nectan’s Kieve), where according to legend, he would ring a silver bell to warn passing ships of rocks during stormy weather.
The waterfall is a sacred place to some, with many visitors tying ribbons and prayers to the area’s foliage. You may notice stacks of flat rocks from the river, known as fairy stacks, dotted around. All of which make St. Nectan’s Glen possibly one of the most magical places in the UK for a proposal.