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9 ways to spend a romantic break in Yorkshire

A romantic getaway in Yorkshire should be at the top of your to-do list if you’ve not already had the pleasure of experiencing one with your partner. With quaint little villages to visit, beautiful open countryside, and bountiful wildlife all around – there’s no cuter setting for your romantic holiday.

Opt for the pleasure of a woodland cabin at one of Forest Holidays two North Yorkshire locations and you’ll find your break is as every bit luxurious as it is natural. An inspiring alternative to a romantic cottage holiday, our cabins and lodges all come complete with their very own hot tub for you both to relax in together under the stars.

Cropton and Keldy cabins at Forest Holidays in North Yorkshire

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1– Experience the unrivalled beauty of the North York Moors

Head to the North York Moors and discover the untamed natural beauty of heather covered moorland, secluded chocolate box villages and stately country homes. Experience the freedom of space and spectacular views including England’s Finest at Sutton Bank – perfect for walks and an afternoon cycle.

The moors are also a perfect spot for experiencing Britain’s dark skies, with low light pollution, clear horizons and three Dark Skies Discovery Sites, enjoy an unforgettable star gazing experience together and see if you can spot the Milky Way. Our beginners guide to star gazing contains some handy hints and tips for making the most of your night-time adventure!  

North York Moors National Park

2 – Relax in a bubbling hot tub surrounded by forest

A couples break in Yorkshire wouldn’t be complete without the opportunity of relaxing together in your own private hot tub. Whether it’s a cabin situated on the open meadow at Cropton with unspoilt views of the night sky, or a lodge nestled carefully amongst the trees at Keldy, perfectly perched for wildlife spotting – your time spent delighting in the warm bubbles will leave you feeling truly at peace.

Couple in hot tub at Forest Holidays

3 – Seek a rush of adrenalin

Book an adrenenalin-filled activity and create shared memories that you'll revisit time and again. Ease yourself into your romantic activity break with a flight down the 100-metre zipwire located at Keldy before challenging yourself to one of many other pre-bookable forest activities including air rifle shooting, a horse-riding hack or the Ultimate Forest Survival

For something a little different, visit nearby Dalby Forest, for a Segway trip through the forest or a Go Ape treetop adventure. Venture a little further and you'll have the opportunity to try a romantic sea kayaking or canoeing afternoon along the beautiful Yorkshire coastline.

Zipwire at Forest Holidays, Keldy in North Yorkshire

4 – Take a train ride back in time

Spend the day experiencing the history of the North York Moors Railway and be transported back to an age of steam locomotives, historic carriages, and picturesque vintage stations. Start your romantic journey on the longest steam railway in Britain and for extra special occasions, book an unforgettable lunch on a Pullman Dining Train.

Board at Pickering, a historic market town just a short distance from our Keldy and Cropton cabins. Enjoy the sights of the beautiful moors as you journey through stops at Grosmont, Goathland, Newtondale, and Levisham, reaching your final destination of Whitby – take some time to explore the Whitby ruins and tuck into Whitby’s renowned fish and chips as an afternoon treat before catching your return train back to Pickering.

Train passing through Goathland in North Yorkshire

5 – Delight in some local produce

Exploring the local area gives you both the perfect opportunity to try something new! Discover local, independent butchers, farm shops, and food markets, and you’ll soon find yourself spoilt for choice with delicious sweets and savoury treats.   

Fruit and vegetables

6 – Introduce a little healthy competition

Take on a challenge together and introduce a little healthy competition – at the very least it’ll give you something to discuss (or debate) over dinner afterwards! In Yorkshire you’ll find a plethora of activities perfectly suited to taking on as a pair or going head-to-head. You’ll find an archery field at each of our Forest Holidays locations where you can put your aim to the test and shoot for the highest score, whether you choose to let your partner win is up to you.

If general knowledge is your superpower, a pub quiz evening might be just the ticket! If you choose to stay at Keldy or Cropton, grab a drink and get in on the action, and as a pair, become victors against your rivals! 

Man playing archery at Forest Holidays

7 – Create a culinary masterpiece or let someone else!

Start your romantic evening the right way - surprise and delight your loved one with a delicious evening meal – choose to cook up a candle-lit feast for two in your woodland cabin or enjoy an effort-free evening at one of the many local pubs and restaurants and let someone else take care of the cooking!

Whilst staying at Forest Holidays there are many ways to enjoy an evening of food and drink, including dining at our Forest Retreat, cabin delivery via your TV or mobile, and luxury In-Cabin Chef experiences where a professional chef will prepare a delicious meal for you in the comfort of your cosy cabin – the ultimate sit-back-and-relax approach to fine dining.

Couple cuddled together on sofa

8 – Discover quality time to walk and talk

Take to the great outdoors and enjoy a romantic stroll through the breath-taking natural landscapes that Yorkshire has to offer. Together you’ll discover two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a scattering of beautiful landforms and villages in The Howardian Hills plus the vast moorlands and meadows of Nidderdale.

Whether you’re a pair of seasoned hikers or prefer a more leisurely ramble - the famous Cinder Track is certainly worthy of your efforts. Take the full 21-mile route along the disused Whitby to Scarborough railway line or pick a shorter section and you’ll encounter beautiful sea views, hidden coves and glorious coastal bays.

You may also be interested in: 6 spectacular views you must see in North Yorkshire

Couple exploring forest

9 – Take in the fresh sea air with a day at the beach

When you choose Yorkshire as your romantic break destination, you’ll be within reach of some of Britain’s favourite seaside towns. Scarborough is less than an hour from our cabins at Keldy and Cropton. Walk hand-in-hand across the sands at South Bay or through the Italian-style gardens of the esplanade. Learn about the history of the area with a trip to the castle or a visit to the rotunda geology museum. 

A short distance along the coast will bring you to another seaside favourite, Whitby. Home to the beautiful ruins of Whitby Abbey and known for its fantastic fish and chips – the town has layers of quaint streets to wander with small, independent craft shops and a large section of dog-friendly beach if you’re travelling with the dog.  

Scarborough beach

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