The Corner Shop team is in love with #EnglandInLove.
Historic England is running a campaign throughout February encouraging us all to share our favourite romantic spots across the country. Search #EnglandInLove on Twitter and you’ll be treated to a stunning selection of beautiful locations. Rolling hills, vast lakes, crumbling medieval buildings. Be still our beating hearts!
So here’s a selection of our favourite romantic spots from around the UK.
Holkham Beach is one of the most breath-taking beaches I’ve ever visited, with a view that stretches for miles. It was also the setting for the final scenes of Shakespeare in Love. What could be more romantic than that?!
A strip of land sticking out across the Bristol Channel from Weston Super Mare, Brean Down is a windy and sometimes unkind walk. But to stroll out from one end to the other provides expansive views across the sea to Wales, over to the mysterious Flat Holm Island and up the coast. Surrounded by the sea and ending in Brean Down Fort, a walk along the ridge always means I’m near family.
The Guildhall, Leicester
This building has been all sorts of things over the years: one of England’s first public libraries; a courtroom; police station; and, as the name suggests, a meeting place of city Guilds. Nowadays it’s a museum and wedding venue. It is also one of the most haunted places in England – the perfect excuse to jump into your loved one’s arms!
Silversands Bay, Aberdour
This seaside village is blessed with the best of both ragged clifftops and endless sandy beaches. My family and I waved goodbye to my Grandpa in this spot and the wistful view reminds me of happy times to this day.
Great Yarmouth Hippodrome
Built in 1903 by George Gilbert, Great Yarmouth Hippodrome is one of Britain's only surviving purpose-built circus venues. It is just exquisite. The Water Spectacular is a must!
Brown’s Pie Shop on Lincoln’s Steep Hill
Pies, mash, gravy. They even do peas for passing Southerners. Need I say more…?
My favourite place in the Lake District is Orrest Head in Windermere, which is just a short walk from my Grandma’s house. In September 2015 my whole family got together to climb the hill and scatter my Grandpa’s ashes at the top, looking over his favourite view with his newest spaniel, Ellen. I went back in November for my Grandma’s birthday and climbed the hill with Ellen again.
Northumberland is the least populated county in the UK, meaning you can be totally isolated around all that rugged countryside if you want to be. The landscape is vast, no wonder the Roman’s wanted to keep it inside the wall.
One of the most beautiful and unspoiled beaches on South Wales’ coast, and where I spent every New Year’s Day with my family whilst I was growing up.
Every day my Granddad used to ride his bike the few miles to this spot, Glen Massen in Argyll, to sit and do his homework. The serenity is overwhelming, encompassed by trees with only the sound of gushing water and the sense that you’re close to those that have passed this way before you.
Crowlink, East Sussex
The narrow road from the National Trust cark park down Crowlink takes me to a little terrace of Shepherd’s cottages and is my favourite bit of the journey from London. It heralds a loss of phone signal and feels like going back in time. The pace of life slows down, ambient light gives way to the stars and it’s oh so quiet. Been coming here for more than two decades and it still gets me every time.
Just an hour from Liverpool Street Station, this is my favourite London escape. The coastal walk from Leigh to Southend (for a portion of vinegar-drenched chips and a cup of milky tea) is just heaven on a chilly winter’s day. Ideally it’d be finished off with a cheeky trip to one of the pubs looking out over the Thames Estuary as the sun sets.
The Vanguard Way
My husband and I are lucky enough to live close to The Vanguard Way, a 66 mile long walking trail that runs from south London to Newhaven. We moved from central London two years ago and this image reminds me, as do our daily dog walks along the trail’s holloways and open fields, of the sense of renewal and reassurance that comes from spending time in the countryside.
Knaresborough in North Yorkshire is a tiny town with a warren of cobbled streets housing a cluster of charity shops and tea rooms. The beautifully creepy Mother Shipton's Cave is on the banks of the river too.
I absolutely love the bluebell woods in Heartwood Forest, near St Albans. The forest is apparently the largest new native forest in England.
Hannah Barnett Leveson
Secret Sussex Location
Home again… this view always helps me shed the last of the week’s tensions.