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Romance is in the air...........

February 2019

New Year is behind us and winter is truly here but romance is in the air with Valentine's Day just around the corner. Britain has romance a plenty with amazing scenery and cities so why not make the UK a place to visit this Valentine's Day?

Romance can be found in the beautiful National Parks, the areas of outstanding natural beauty, along the magnificent coastline and in the cities and towns of the British mainland. Why not bring your partner to the UK and visit Devon and the South West Coastal Path with its magnificent scenery, cliff top walks with views of stormy seas or watch the waves break over the Cobb at Lyme Regis, scene of filming for the romantic French Lieutnenant's Woman starring Meryl Streep. Stay in one of many inns and hotels offering warm cosy accommodation and curl up in front of a log fire with an afternoon tea of cream, jam and scones or with a bottle of wine. What could be more romantic?

A little further north visit Bath, the home of the romatic novelist Jane Austen and trace her footsteps around this Roman City with its Roman Baths and  Georgian Assembly Rooms, scene of many a romance in times gone by. If theatre is your ideal form of recreation travel to Stratford upon Avon, home of Shakespeare and take in a performance of As You Like It, a riotous, exhilarating, romantic comedy being performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Take time to visit the home of William Shakespeare and his wife, Ann Hathaway, who both feature in the new movie All is True to be released on the 8th February and telling the story of the Shakespeare's return to Stratford upon his retirement in 1613. 

Travelling northwards the Lake District is a must for those wanting romance with its magnificient scenery, lovely hotels in stunning locations and excellent restaurants.Spend a romantic weekend with your partner in the Lakes, follow the trails made famous by Wainwright or take a bicycle and follow the cycle trails to discover the hills for yourselves. Kayaking and horse riding also offer an alternative way to take in the romantic scenery. Visit Wordsworth's home, Dove Cottage in Grasmere, where this famous poet, who helped launch the Romantic Age in British Literature set up the Lake Poets. Wordsworth's famous poem 'Daffodils' was inspired by a visit he made to Ullswater in the Lake District.

If 'tying the knot' is on your agenda why not visit John O'Groats, traditonally the place runaways went to marry, explore this iconic town at the 'end of the road' being the most northerly town on the Brisith mainland. Walk the scenic paths around Dunnet Head, visit the romantic Castle of Mey rescued by the Queen Mother in the 1950's or visit a distillery and enjoy some fine Scottish Whisky. If a longer visit is envisaged why not travel the North Coast 500 with its secluded bays and sandy beaches and find a romantic spot for a winter picnic.

If a romantic city break is your ideal why not visit Oxford with its dreaming spires or Cambridge, the rival university city to Oxford. What could be more romantic that punting along the River Cam under a cloudless winter sky on a crisp frosty morning taking in the colleges along the banks. Take time to visit the romantic Kings College Chapel, one of the world's most beautiful college chapels.

Wherever you go in the Brisith Isles romance is around the corner so why not visit?

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The Cobb Lyme Regis
Punting on the River Cam