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Experience the landscape of love this Valentine’s Day

What could be more romantic than a stroll through the West Country’s beautiful literary landscapes? Follow in the footsteps of Coleridge, Shelley and Wordsworth on Exmoor, take a walk along the Cornish coast, the inspiration for Daphne du Maurier’s broodingly romantic novels, or stand and admire the view for a moment across Lyme Regis bay in Dorset, the literary backdrop for The French Lieutenant’s Woman.  

If you do just one walk with your loved one this month, make it this 5.6-mile circular route along the coast at Boscastle, Valency Valley and Fire Beacon Point on the north Cornwall coast. This challenging walk takes in coastal views, a waterfall, picturesque Boscastle Harbour, a wooded valley and the remote church of St Juliot, closely associated with Thomas Hardy, who was the architect taken on to rebuild the church. While there he met the sister-in-law of the rector, Emma, who later became his first wife. The romance led to the novel, A Pair of Blue Eyes, and to some of his finest poetry.

Give the coastal lover in your life the gift that keeps on giving with joint membership of the South West Coast Path Association. For just £29, you’ll receive a complete guide to walking it, along with romantic walks inspiration all year round, while helping the charity to protect the Coast Path for future generations. Join at www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/membership using promo code CP002.

Pictured above: Boscastle Harbour Sunset Photographed by Kingsley Scott -The north Cornwall landscape that inspired Thomas Hardy to write A Pair of Blue Eyes

Published on: Feb. 14, 2017