Forget Valentine’s Day. We’re dedicating the entire month of February to romance and have rounded up some suggestions for fairytale fun in Cornwall for couples.
1.) Wrap up warm, hold hands and go for a walk
One of Cornwall’s most romantic rambles is from Boscastle to Valency Valley and Fire Beacon Point. It’s a hike of 5.4 miles, but so worth it. This walk takes in coastal views, a waterfall, picturesque Boscastle Harbour, a wooded valley and the remote church of St Juliot, rebuilt by Thomas Hardy doing his day job of architect. It was here he met his first wife, Emma, and their romance led to the novel, A Pair of Blue Eyes, and some of his better poetry.
2.) Storm watch
The dramatic rock stacks at Bedruthan Steps testify to the power of the waves that have carved out their towering and impressive forms for millions of years. Nothing beats the elemental thrill of watching huge thundering seas crash relentlessly on Cornwall’s dramatic coast. Perhaps it’s the humbling sense of our own insignificance that does it. Like cosying up in front of the fire, storm watching puts us back in touch with our primordial urges to find safety and shelter.
3.) Book yourselves in for a couple’s spa
A spa day together is a great way of tuning out the rest of the world and focusing on each other. Bedruthan Spa offers panoramic views of the crashing Atlantic, so you can relax and contemplate together the drama and beauty of the ocean. Our Outdoor Sensory Spa Garden makes for a magical experience you can enjoy together.
4.) Collect some love tokens
Pop down to Roo’s Beach boutique down the coast in Porth, where you’ll find lots of luxurious Valentine’s gifts for men and women. Roo’s offers all sorts of loveliness, including clothing, homewares, jewellery and fun stationary.
5.) Wander cobbled streets
February’s the time to explore the atmospheric narrow streets of our coastal villages. You can relax and do a bit of shopping, free from the crowds and busy traffic of high season. You can browse antique shops together at a leisurely pace, pop into a local restaurant or potter around the local museum.
6.) Discover Gorran Haven
One of those well-kept Cornish secrets, Gorran Haven keeps itself to itself, tucked away as it is on the south eastern tip of the Roseland Peninsula. Most visitors to the county never find it. A lane winds downhill into the valley and to a small harbour and expansive sandy beach. Cliffs tower on either side, adding to the tucked-away romance of the place.
7.) Feed your love
Tuck into lunch or dinner at the Scarlet Restaurant, just next door to us, where you can lose yourselves on a romantic food and wine odyssey. Modern European in style, the menus have Cornwall at their heart, changing each day and with the seasons. The Fish House at Newquay’s Fistral Beach is a cosy, relaxed option. It’s run by husband-and-wife couple Paul and Elise Harwood. Paul has lived in Cornwall for 25 years and is passionate about seafood, having learnt his skills working with Rick Stein for 14 years in Padstow.