With swanky meals out not an option this year, the month of love can still be magical if you pull your boots on
The shops that were still open were full of heart-shaped cards, roses and fluffy toys as usual, as lovebirds up and down the Borders scratched their heads more than ever over what on earth to do this February.
Well, why not whisk your loved one away this month to somewhere beautiful and whisper sweet nothings to them by a misty lake or an ancient castle? With all the canals, hills, ancient trees, historic towns, grand buildings and babbling rivers we have in our region, there’s always the opportunity to surprise your sweetheart by taking them to a local beauty spot you've yet to embrace.
We've three surprises to try with these easy ambles (because no one ever took a romantic slog up a mountain!). Naturally you need to be local to adhere to lockdown rules. But do remember you're allowed to combine exercise with shopping. So if you're in the area picking up Valentine's night's tasty treats, you're well within your rights to stretch your legs in the process.
NB: Although at the time of writing most hotels, pubs and restaurants were closed, we've included them in our research, in the hope of a lifting of restrictions in the near future
ROUTE 1 – Walk the ancient shores of South Wales’ largest natural lake
ROUTE 2 – Wander charming streets and spy stunning vistas with this walk through Ludlow, Shropshire
ROUTE 3 – This scenic stroll on the Shropshire/Wrexham border takes in a canal, aqueduct and viaduct
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