The most romantic locations in the UK to stargaze

● Research shows the most romantic spots according to astronomical data ● Lake District most popular romantic getaway spot among campers ● Loch Lomond offers best place to star-gaze on Valentine’s Day ● New Forest rated as a hidden gem for young couples

The most romantic places in the UK

Catbells Lakeland Walk in the Lake District is the most romantic of locations in the UK to stargaze according to a new study.

With over 100 campsites the Lakes hold the most popular stargazing spots in the UK and could be the perfect backdrop for loved-up couples.

Campervan rental platform, Camptoo, have studied the amount of peak star visibility hours and estimated sunsets for each destination. Here’s the full list of Camptoo’s most romantic spots for couples to check out on Valentine’s Day, or any other time of year.

Catbells Lakeland Walk – Lake District

The Catbells walk is rated as the most popular walk for loved-up couples on TripAdvisor. With over 100 campsites in the area available to pitch up with your Camptoo campervan, it’s a major attraction ahead of Valentine’s Day. The route offers beautiful views of the adjacent Derwentwater Lake. This could be the place to be when the sun sets at 17:09 on the most romantic day of the year.

Alternatively, star-gazing between 18:38-19:19 can add to your romantic mood or even get you down on one knee.

South Stack Lighthouse – Llanddwyn Island

Situated on the Llanddwyn Island on the west coast of Wales, South Stack Lighthouse is another popular location for couples. A picturesque figure against the vast Irish sea, it could be the perfect place to be at 17:27. The sun will set on this wonderful view. There are 20 campsites nearby and 80 minutes of peak star-gazing hours throughout the day. You’ll never have to stray too far from one of the UK’s most romantic spots.

The Cobb – Lyme Regis

The Cobb, Dorset has over 1,000 reviews, is highly-rated and a popular destination for couples. With some of the most romantic beach walks the UK has to offer. Being part of the well-renowned Jurassic Coastline, couples can spend hours exploring the scenic views of Cobb Beach. Peak stargazing hours this Valentine’s Day are between 05:35 – 06:13 and 18:39 – 19:17 with sunset at 17:27.

Rothiemurchus – Cairngorms

Located in Scotland’s largest and wonderfully preserved national park, Cairngorms, Rothiemurchus is one of the UK’s most unique places. One of the many attractions is a 13th-century island castle, which is still standing strong in the middle of Loch an Eilean. Rothiemurchus also boasts the most time for stargazing, with 89 peak minutes available to witness the astronomical beauty on Valentine’s Day between the hours of 05:35-06:13 and 18:39-19:17. For those who find sunsets more romantic,  a spot by the lake at 17:13 could be the most picturesque moment of the day.

Palladian Bridge – Bath

Sticking with the theme of striking historical architecture, next we come to Palladian Bridge in Bath. The 18th century bridge is positioned within Prior Park so its natural beauty will be preserved. Well over 800 TripAdvisor reviews mean this is certainly not a landmark to be missed. With the stunning scenic environment surrounding, Palladian Bridge provides an excellent option for a getaway. If you’re looking to view the bridge under the stars, go early at (05:32 – 06:11) or plan an evening trip  (18:36 – 19:15).

Bracklinn Falls – Loch Lomond

No list would be complete without Loch Lomond and our study shows Bracklinn Falls as the ideal spot. It has a 4.5 rating from 729 reviews and is second only to its Scottish neighbour Rothiemurchus for the number of peak stargazing minutes (88) on our list. If you like the sound of bright stars and the tranquillity of the gushing waterfalls, the peak times to visit on 14th February are 05:40 – 06:25 and 18:42 – 19:25. There are just 11 campsites in the area, meaning Bracklinn Falls offers one of the most remote getaways for couples this Valentine’s Day.

Cader Idris – Snowdonia 

Standing just shy of 1000m, you’ll need to pack hiking boots for a trip to Calder Idris. The stunning scenery, crystal clear lake and views of the stars from the top (peak times 05:39 – 06:19 and 18:42 – 19:22) make it well worth the trip. You’ll also be able to catch the sunset at 17:26 and with 123 campsites nearby, there’s no excuse for you to miss out on this year’s Valentine’s trip.

Rhinefield Ornamental Drive – New Forest

Rhinefield Ornamental Drives wonderful, Tolkien – Esque forest landscapes are a sight to behold. Stargazing and forests go hand in hand, so you won’t want to miss out on the astronomical views on offer. The best times on 14th February are either between 05:29 – 06:07 or 18:34 – 19:12. With 46 campsites you’re never too far away and it could be the perfect spot to take your Camptoo campervan.

Catbells Walk, Lake District

Camptoo offers the UK’s largest peer-to-peer motorhome and campervan rental selection direct from vehicle owners in the UK, with plenty of selection for people planning a Valentine’s getaway, within national lockdown restrictions, and pursuing the UK’s amazing landscapes and natural environment. So why not hire a vehicle and go explore one of the most romantic locations to stargaze in the UK ?


 Notes to Editors: Camptoo’s Head of Wanderlust Ed Bassett is available for comment or interview on request.

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