5 romantic outdoor places in the Cotswolds

Westonbirt Arboretum is one of the venues participating in the National Lottery's #ThanksToYou campa

Westonbirt Arboretum is one of the venues participating in the National Lottery's #ThanksToYou campaign (c) Mike_Boyland - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

We pick some of the most romantic and beautiful places in the Cotswolds for an outdoors date or even a special place to propose...

Take a stroll through Westonbirt Arboretum
Grab your walking boots, a tasty picnic and explore Westonbirt’s tree-lined grounds. Home to 15,000 trees, across the year you’ll find the arboretum is awash with burnt oranges, profound coppers and luscious greens – creating one of the most romantic scenes in the Cotswolds.

Walk along the Cotswold Way
Immerse yourself in the nature of the Cotswolds with a gentle stroll along the Cotswold Way. During the summer the trees are in full leaf, the sun is shining, and countless butterflies cast their grace over the countryside. In the winter, crisp weather gives way to rosy cheeks and snow dusted landscapes. 

Experience a carpet of snowdrops in Spring
Colesbourne Park is famous within the Cotswolds for the abundance of snowdrops that bloom there at the beginning of each year. Late January and February is a wonderful time to take an enchanting walk through the secluded gardens and woods., but it is a pretty place to visit all year round.

Take a trip on a rowing boat in Pittville Park
When the weather is warm, the birds are singing and the sun is shining, there is nothing more romantic than a rowing boat for two on the lake in Pittville Park, Cheltenham. Pack yourself a picnic and a bottle of champers for the extra wow factor.

Amble through the lavender in Snowshill
Snowshill is arguably one of the prettiest places in the Cotswolds - but what makes it truly special are the rows upon rows of glorious lavender that grow there. It truly is picture-perfect and it is hard to find anywhere quite like it. The fields open to the public in June and you can see the lavender well into August.

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