They say spring is the season of love, but autumn offers so much for couples. From romantic walks along crowd-free beaches to cosy evenings in front of the fire, it's autumn that is made for love.
As the landscape turns golden-orange and the sun sets earlier in the evening, a romantic escape will lift your spirits and suffuse you with the warm glow of love. Here are eight reasons why an autumn holiday holds the key to romance.
1. Kicking up the colours of autumn
Wrap up warm and spend an afternoon in the forest, enjoying the dazzling show that the autumn trees provide. As the rich golds and reds fall about you, and you kick your way through a carpet of leaves, you can't help but feel that romance is in the air. Stay at one of our forest locations and enjoy our self-led walks through the autumn woodland.
2. A beach for two
The buckets and spades are gone, the deck chairs have been stacked and the ice cream van is putting up the shutters. Now is the time for a walk together along a deserted beach, before retreating into the welcoming warmth of a late-season café.
Autumn adds atmosphere to the Gothic setting of Whitby in North Yorkshire, close to our cabins at Cropton and Keldy, while the autumn sunsets at the harbour town of Looe, near to Deerpark in Cornwall, are the very essence of romance.
3. Food fairs and festivals
The way to most people's hearts is through their stomachs and the bounty of autumn is evident in the many food festivals across the UK. Enjoy beers and ciders, cakes and scones and celebrate your love with some British fizz at the Hampshire Harvest Festival (30 September – 1 October) in Winchester, when you stay at Blackwood Forest. Or head for Forest of Dean as the area celebrates the Forest Showcase Food Festival on 30 September, with over 100 local producers, top chef demos and live music.
4. Super starlit nights
When you are not busy gazing into each other's eyes, look to the heavens and gaze at the stars. Share the moment, relaxing in the hot tub outside your cabin at one of our remote forest locations where the darkness is preserved, all the better to see a million twinkling stars. And with the Orionid meteor shower peaking on the 21 October and the Leonids on 17 November, who knows, you might find yourselves wishing on a shooting star.
5. Crowd-free attractions
Most attractions stay open until the end of October and, with the main holiday season over, it's your chance to have fun and unleash your inner child. Swing through the trees at Go Ape, Feed the lemurs at Banham Zoo, near to Thorpe Forest in Norfolk or visit fairy tale castles in Scotland. For more inspiration take a look at our list of Top 10 attractions after the crowds have gone.
6. Long walks and pub lunches
Autumn is the season for long walks and it's also the season for cosy pubs with roaring log fires. Why not combine the two with the romance of the golden-hued landscape followed by lunch for two in a hidden corner of a country pub? We recommend the one-hour loch-side walk from our cabins at Ardgartan Argyll to the Village Inn at Arrochar and the woodland walk through the Forest of Dean to the Saracen's Head at Symonds Yat, on the banks of the River Wye.
7. Watching the wildlife together
Take an autumn holiday in the forest and enjoy wildlife-watching together. Hedgehogs and dormice are getting ready for the winter hibernation, squirrels are busy piling up acorns and the deer are getting amorous as the rutting season heats up! Join our Forest Rangers, who are regularly out and about keeping tabs on the nightly goings-on.
8. Snuggle-up time
Autumn's darker evenings offer the perfect excuse to get cosy together. For the ultimate love-nest stay in one of our Golden Oak Hideaways. After a long soak in the huge bath, cuddle up on the sofa, throw another log on the wood-burner and enjoy the luxury of each other's company, far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Have we convinced you that autumn is the season for couples? Book your romantic break in a cabin for two at one of our forest locations. There's a lot to love!