Valentine's Day In Northumberland
Published: Friday 29th Jan 2016
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
The most romantic day of the year is almost upon us and what better way to spend it that in the North-East county of Northumberland.
In this part of England you can spend quality time with that special someone in your life by enjoying some sophisticated dining, high tea in a historic house, a walk among magnificent scenery, or a luxury weekend break in one of Northumberland’s stunning cottages offered by Grace Darling Holidays.
Here are some suggestions for places to visit or things to do in Northumberland for Valentine’s Day.
- Bessie Surtees House
This is an impressive 17th century building made famous by a famous illicit love story. Bessie Surtee was this house’s most well-known resident. In 1772, Bessie escaped from the house through a window to elope with a lover her parents didn’t approve of. She married in Scotland under Scottish Law. Eventually Bessie and her husband reconciled with her family and her husband became a highly successful Lawyer as well as Lord Chancellor of England.
- Beadnell and Dunstanburgh Castle
This village is a secluded retreat on the Northumberland coast. It has a beautiful harbour that provides access to one of the most stunning beaches in the north of England. Enjoy a walk hand in hand along the beach, enjoying the views of the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle.
Sit back and relax, turn up the love songs on the music player and appreciate the best scenery the North east has to offer with a chauffeured trike tour through Northumberland. This trike tour provides the opportunity to experience the exhilaration of riding on the back of a three seater trike whilst taking in breath-taking surroundings.
Don’t forget that this year is a leap year when, according to tradition, women can propose. If this is your plan, then there are some spectacular locations in Northumberland to create that perfect moment. Why not take a balloon flight above the countryside or even find a secluded spot within the walls of an ancient abbey.
Here are some suggestions for places to propose in Northumberland – either on the 14th or the 29th.
- Sycamore Gap
Located on Hadrian’s Wall, this is a place where you can feel you are the only two people in the world. It is marked by a solitary tree, located between two crests, known as the Robin Hood Tree. It is given this name as it featured in the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
After the word ‘yes’ has been spoken, make your way to nearby Langley castle Hotel for drinks and a meal to celebrate.
- Holy Island
Cut yourself off from the rest of the world and cross the tidal causeway to Lindisfarne. Venture out for a walk; get down on one knee in the sunset, then embrace in each others arms by the North Sea.
If lovey-dovey music and romantic walks are not for you, go for more excitement in your proposal. Why not pop the question while tackling the obstacles high above the ground at Go Ape, Hexham. This adults adventure playground will have you zip wiring, crossing rope bridges and leaping off platforms, all set in a delightful rural setting.
- The Angel of the North
Proposing beneath one of the UKs most famous works of art will be impressive and memorable. Standing under this major attraction – an angel that stands 20 meters high and has a wingspan of 54 meters – is an experience no-one will forget.