As we emerge from the winter solstice and look to longer evenings, it’s the perfect time to enjoy a romantic sunset with loved ones. This Valentine’s Day, 14 February, you can catch what’s sure to be a beautiful winter sunset at 5:13pm. Romantic by nature, this spectacle is a great way to celebrate your love, simply head out in a car, campervan or even on foot with plenty of layers and a tasty picnic to enjoy dusk with your other half.
Max Schmidt, chief adventurer and head of CamperDays says, “Whether you’re a city dweller or looking to head to the coast or countryside, the UK has a plethora of natural beauty spots that are ideal for enjoying an intimate sunset.
“With restaurants booked up months in advance and guaranteed to be busy, heading into the great outdoors with some blankets, a picnic and a thermos affords the perfect alternative for your Valentine’s date-night this year.”
Max’s top spots for catching a romantic sunset below…
- Durdle Door, Dorset
The iconic limestone arch of Durdle Door in Dorset offers spectacular views as the sun dips below the horizon, casting warm hues over the iconic Jurassic Coast. For the best view, pull up a pew on top of the cliffs or on the bay itself – accessible from the carpark by following a scenic twenty-minute pathway.
- Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh
For spectacular views of the historic city of Edinburgh at sunset, hike up to Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano in Holyrood Park. The summit offers stunning views of both the twinkling lights of the city and the dramatic landscapes that surround it, making it a perfect spot to watch the sun dip with your loved one.
- Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland
Perched on the beautiful stretch of the Northumberland coast, Bamburgh Castle provides a dramatic backdrop for a coastal sunset. Pitch up with a beachside picnic and enjoy the silhouette of the castle against an evening sky whilst listening to the sound of the waves hitting the shore.
- Land’s End, Cornwall
Land’s End in Cornwall is the UK’s most westerly point, making it the perfect place to enjoy an epic view of the sun setting in the West. With an unrivalled view of the sun setting over the water coupled with the rugged heaths and rocky cliffs, what could be a more romantic spot to pitch up with your partner and a hot thermos?
If you’re lucky, you might even spot some of the areas wildlife, including grey seals, basking sharks and even dolphins in the waters below the high cliffs. Ideal for nature lovers.
- Primrose Hill, London
Situated in the northern part of Regent’s Park, Primrose Hill provides a panoramic view of the London skyline. As the sun sets, the cityscape is bathed in a subtle warmth, illuminating popular landmarks such as The Shard, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye.
The local high street has wine shops and bakeries aplenty, so grab some produce and pitch up on the grassy hill with a picnic blanket and warm coats ready to enjoy the romantic atmosphere as the day comes to an end.