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5 Great British Adventure Holiday Ideas for Couples

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means there’s never been a better time for couples to show - and celebrate - their love for one another. With work and family life often getting in the way, enjoying some quality time together can be difficult - especially for adrenaline-lovers.

A unique Valentine’s gift is guaranteed to remind your significant other just how much you care - so when floral bouquets and heart-shaped chocolate just won’t make the cut, why not consider arranging an action-packed break for two just in time for Valentine’s?

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5 Holiday Ideas For Couples

From sea kayaking to coasteering, the UK is packed with adventure options - making it the perfect destination for any couple looking for a weekend of exhilaration and unforgettable memories. So, whether you’re a couple with a thirst for adventure or are looking for something to take you out of your comfort zone, today, we’ll be bringing you 5 of the UK’s best active holiday ideas for you to try together in 2017, brought to you by Cottages in Northumberland.

1. Coasteering in Northumberland

Getting up close and personal with the wilderness is no doubt one of the best ways to explore this unspoilt corner of the UK, and coasteering on a short break in Northumberland is guaranteed to give you VIP access to all of the hidden and lesser-known gems on this dramatic coastline. With natural caves, tunnels and rock pools aplenty, traversing the cliffs and jumping over 40 feet into the North Sea is an experience that boasts captivating views everywhere you look - as well as being an activity that’s sure to get your adrenaline pumping.

2. Abseiling at the Olympic Park

Dubbed the 24-hour city, there’s no shortage of things to do on a weekend away to the capital. From its iconic landmarks to the array of culturally rich museums, London is brimming with activities to suit every couple - but for an adventure like no other, free-fall abseiling off the ArcelorMittal Orbit is guaranteed to give you the adrenaline rush that you’ve been craving. Standing tall at 115 metres, the sculpture is the largest in the UK - meaning you can take in the unbeatable views of the city’s skyline before daring to take the 80-metre plunge side by side.

3. Skiing in the Scottish Highlands

As the UK’s northernmost country, it’s no surprise that Scotland is famed for being home to the best skiing and snowboarding opportunities in Great Britain. Come wintertime, Scotland’s world famous Highlands are transformed from hiking hotspots to snowy ski slopes - so you needn’t travel far if you’re looking to wrap up warm on a couple’s icy adventure. From the challenging black and red runs on Ben Nevis to the gentler pistes at the Lecht Ski Centre in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland boasts an array of fast-paced adventures to suit all abilities.

4. White water rafting in the Welsh mountains

Whether it’s a natural river or a man-made white water course, Wales has breathtaking twists, turns and drops along the way that are guaranteed to fulfil all your need for speed and adventure. Not for the faint-hearted, trying to avoid getting soaked to the skin during an afternoon of white water rafting is a must for anyone with a thirst for the wildest activities. Whitewater rafting is a Valentine’s gift that you’re guaranteed to never forget, so, if you’re a thrill-seeker, these crashing waves and grade 3-4 rapids on the Afon Tryweryn mountain river won’t disappoint!

5. Sea kayaking in Cornwall

With sea kayaking courses to suit every level of expertise, the Cornish coast is a hotspot for both complete beginners and the keenest of kayakers. Whether you paddle away to a secluded bay or learn the basics with an experienced instructor, handling the rougher waters on a sea kayaking expedition is an experience that shouldn’t be missed. With rocky gullies, sea caves and a wealth of wildlife roaming along the rugged coastline, exploring the area from the Celtic sea means you’ll get to see all of the area’s best bits, in one of the most unique and exhilarating ways.

Whether it’s an experience day or a week-long break, nothing says romance quite like spending time with your loved one. A quality break and long-lasting memories will be something that you’ll both cherish, so make sure a couple’s action-packed getaway is on your agenda for Valentine’s Day in 2017.

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When not creating content for the Blacks Blog and perpetually daydreaming about everything outdoors, Leonie enjoys heading down unbeaten paths and journeying to destinations less travelled.

She has traversed volcanoes in Northern Chile, explored local cuisine in remote Korean Buddhist temples, and rambled along some of Britain’s most classic trails. If the season’s right, Leonie can be found foraging in the local flora and fauna, and rustling up delicious meals from her latest find.

Favourite British Location: Fairy Glen, Isle of Skye

Most Interesting Trek: Salkantay Trek, Peru

Couldn’t Live Without: Packing Cubes

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