5 Romantic ideas for free days out for North Somerset couples

Bluebells at Goblin Combe near Cleeve © Martin Bodman, Geographic

Bluebells at Goblin Combe near Cleeve © Martin Bodman, Geographic - Credit: Archant

From taking a woodland walk to exploring Blaise Castle together, North Somerset and the surrounding area has plenty to offer couples who want to spend some quality time together enjoying the stunning countryside

Walton in Gordano church © Philip Halling and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Walton in Gordano church © Philip Halling and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence. - Credit: Archant

Walk romantic Walton-in-Gordano

True romantics love this walk because it has everything from coastal paths to kissing gates. It’s just over 5 miles round and starts at Bay Road in Clevedon, goes north through countryside and woodland towards Portishead before returning by the sea path to where you started. It’s well-signposted and along the way you can visit St. Paul’s Church in Walton-in-Gordano, explore Walton Common nature reserve and see the remains of an Iron Age settlement. This is an area of special scientific interest so that’s a clue to how unspoiled it is. On the way back leave plenty of time to stop and enjoy the view from Ladye Bay beach.

Sand Bay © Tom Pennington

Sand Bay © Tom Pennington - Credit: Archant

Pick a beach, any beach

From the sands at Weston to the solitude of Sand Bay near Kewstoke, Portishead’s amazing views to Clevedon’s seaside charm, there’s a North Somerset beach with your name on it. Pack a picnic and make a day of it. Walk the cliffs at Middle Point, follow the coastal routes near Woodspring Priory, visit Battery Point and see the sun setting over Wales. If it’s been ages since you spent some beach-time together, you’ll wonder why you left it so long.

Beautiful Blaise is free to enjoy and there’s a lot to it

Beautiful Blaise is free to enjoy and there’s a lot to it - Credit: Archant

Three free days out in one at Blaise

Beautiful Blaise is free to enjoy and there’s a lot to it. Visit the Castle’s Victorian schoolroom and toy museum and uncover the secrets of centuries of life above and below stairs. The vast estate grounds are wonderful to wander, whether you’re in the mood for a woodland walk, want to see the formal gardens or can’t resist a panoramic view. And just a few minutes away, you can visit Blaise Hamlet. This National Trust village of early 19th century rustic cottages around a traditional green was designed by John Nash and is still lived in today. You can’t see inside the homes, but you’re free to explore everything else in this fairy tale place.

Leigh Woods (Bluebells in Leigh Woods near Clifton © Graham Duerden, Flickr licensed under CC BY-NC-

Leigh Woods (Bluebells in Leigh Woods near Clifton © Graham Duerden, Flickr licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) - Credit: Archant

Take a woodland walk

There is nothing like strolling through a picturesque woodland with a loved-one and North Somerset has plenty to choose from

Early in the year you can go for bluebell walks, while on sunny autumn days you can rustle through a sea of golden hues. There are also plenty of dog-friendly walks as well if you want to take your canine friend along too. From Clevedon Court’s dense tree canopy to the shady beauty of Prior’s Wood, the forests and woods of North Somerset make great places to wander.-


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