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Valentine’s Day: Romantic Road Trip Destinations

Date: Tue 12th February 2019   |   Author: L Blake

Valentine’s Day: Romantic Road Trip Destinations

The Cotswolds

Nestled in the county of Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds offers the perfect countryside drive, taking you through quaint towns and villages, past charming country pubs and beautiful scenery. Start your Valentine's road trip at Broadwell, which is in the North Cotswolds, and make your way South along the woodland surrounded A44.

After 11 miles you will reach Stow on the Wold, a delightful market town on top of an 800ft hill. Why not take some time to stretch your legs and look around their many antique shops, visit the St Edward’s Church, or grab a lovely afternoon tea?

From Stow on the Wold, keep heading South along the A429 and you will find Bourton-on-the-Water. Once named the Venice of the Cotswolds (due to the tranquil river that flows under a miscellany of arched stone bridges) and voted the prettiest village in England, there isn't a more picturesque place to have a wander with the one you love. There are also many things to do in Bourton, including visiting the model railway and village, making your own perfume at the Cotswold Perfumery and even taking a visit to a Motor museum!

For more information on the Cotswolds click here.

New Forest

Ditch the main roads and take a scenic route through The New Forest commencing at Lymington and ending at Frogham. Along the way, you will discover lesser known villages and hamlets such as South Baddesley and observe the largest expanse of water in the forest, Hatchet Pond. Worth a stop, especially if it’s sunset. The sunsets at Hatchet Pond are renowned by photographers. The pond is also managed by the Forestry Commission, so you will be sure to see lots of wildlife on your visit!

There's plenty of stops you can make along the way, including the Blackwater Arboretum (where you can see a selection of trees from around the world), and also information stops where you can find out about the deer population and follow a pedestrian route to the Deer Hide. Here you will find one of the best places to see deer in the whole of the New Forest, with a built platform which overlooks a huge meadow.

A day in the New Forest really is a lovely way to spend Valentine's Day. For more information and to plan your day, visit the official website here.

Cheddar Gorge

Starting at Cheddar and ending at Ashwick, the 14-mile scenic drive through the Cheddar gorge is a great way to spend a Valentine's Day afternoon on the road. As you start out on your journey, you will leave Cheddar and be greeted by huge cliff faces looming overhead, giving you an idea of the size of the largest gorge in the UK. The roads around this part of the route can be challenging as they are tight and twisting as dictated by the geography of the gorge.

Further into your journey, rocks are replaced by trees and the twisting roads become long and straight, perfect for a leisurely drive. There are some lovely eateries along the way too, so be sure to stop for some lunch!

The North Coast 500 - Scotland

Designed for touring and sightseeing, the North Coast 500 follows the coastal edges of the north Highlands of Scotland for a distance of 516 miles. You may want to make this a long weekend Valentines trip if you want to discover what the North of Scotland has to offer to the full!  

The road weaves along the west coast to Applecross, and then north towards Torridon and Ullapool. Once heading North, you will come across the most northerly coastal points of Scotland, including Caithness and John o’ Groats.

Be sure to stop by Moray Firth, which is home to around 130 Bottlenose Dolphins. Seals are commonly seen here to.

Do remember, if you aren't a fan of camping, to book accommodation well in advance!

To plan your journey, visit the official site here.

The Dark Hedges, Ballymore, Northern Ireland

Planted back in the eighteenth century by the Stuart family to impress visitors as they approached their Georgian mansion, Grace Hill, the beech trees remain to this day. And what a beautiful sight they have become. Over time, the trees have naturally entwined with each other and make the perfect setting for a romantic Valentine’s Day stroll.

Feel like you’ve seen the Dark Hedges somewhere before? The iconic trees have been used as a filming location for HBO’s Game of Thrones, representing the King’s Road, and are one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland.

Unfortunately, the road can no longer be driven, but there is parking nearby.

We hope you enjoyed reading about our favourite romantic road trip destinations and maybe you’ll even visit them for yourself! There are plenty of helpful and interesting articles on the AutoProtect Engage page, including informative ‘how to’ tips.