Ditch the clichés and try one of these chilled outdoor dates.
Time to shake up the “dinner and a movie” tradition? Why not break the mould and head outside with one of these relaxed outdoor date ideas. Perfect for long conversations, or quietly being in nature.
“But it’s freezing!” you cry. Well, yes. But don’t let that stop you. If you haven’t tried paddle boarding before they’re a lot more stable than you might think. So, bundle up, and enjoy the total tranquillity that comes from paddling along the water. It gives you a whole different perspective, and as a bonus, you’re so quiet that you might see loads of wildlife too.
You can go paddle boarding all over the place, but maybe aim for a lake rather than a river if it’s your first time.
Jump on the train for some sea air and do this easy hike from Ramsgate to Margate. It’s a gorgeous, chalky 18km cliff walk that encompasses some beach, windswept clifftops, cute Ramsgate and hipster Margate. And you can even stop off for a chilly ocean dip on the way if you’re into that sort of thing.
This slightly “woo”-sounding practice is actually simpler than it sounds. The art of forest bathing began in Japan, where in 1982 it was even encouraged through a national program. Studies started touting its stress-relieving benefits in 2004, and it’s also been found to help with anxiety, depression, and anger; strengthen the immune system; improve cardiovascular and metabolic health; and boost overall well-being.
“Wherever there are trees, we are healthier and happier,” says Dr Qing Li, who’s literally written the book on the subject.
All you have to do, is head to a forest and simply be. Don’t rush, don’t plan. Just engage your senses and appreciate the quiet.
Some of our faves are The Forest of Dean, the New Forest and Delamere Forest in Cheshire.