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Dattch Top 5 Dates: Walking

Jul 12, 2013

The success of a date can often hang entirely on where you take your lady. Do you go for quiet and intimate or exciting and wild? Somewhere you can be adventurous or low-key where you can talk about your childhood pets?
Decisions, decisions. Well, we’re going to give you a helping hand and provide you with some Top 5 date ideas to inspire you all to have great dates, first or otherwise. We’ve always got our eye out for a cool place for a date but if you spot one you’d like to recommend, send it in to heya @
This week: head out for a walk

Hedingham castle – this medieval Norman keep castle is surrounded by the beautiful Essex countryside. Make Hedingham your destination, starting from a nearby village, like Wickham St Paul, and ending up at a local pub means you’ve got a traditional country walk on your hands. Pick a good day and you can participate in one of the family-friendly activities that happen at the castle.  So you and your lady can play at damsels in distress or act out a white knight fantasy when you get home, having had some real inspiration at the castle.

Peddars Way in Norfolk – Originally designed as a route for Roman troops to move around the coast, Peddars Way will show walkers ‘Roman road, unique Brecks, rolling open farmland, low cliffs, extensive sandy beaches, dunes and fabulous salt marshes.’  On a nice day you’ll find a tonne of pretty spots for a picnic or fantastic pubs serving great food with local produce.

Welcome to Manchester – If you’ve never been to Manchester or it’s been a while since you visited, get reacquainted with this huge cultural hub with the Welcome to Manchester walk.  Mixing the historic with the modern, this walk takes you ‘from a hidden gem of a church to the Chinatown arch; from Manchester Art Gallery with its Pre-Raphaelite paintings to the Gothic splendour of Manchester Town Hall.’  Bonus: huge gay scene, so walking in the day, party in the night.

Rabbie’s Highland Walking Tours – Feeling a bit Braveheart-y?  Get your highland jig on with an amazing guided tour in Scotland with Rabbies.  On this day-long tour, you can ‘enjoy forest walks, waterfalls, dramatic mountain views and learning about the art of making whisky.’  Because all dates are better when they end with whisky.

Union Wood, Ireland – Should you find yourself in County Sligo, take a walk through Union Wood and see ‘fallow deer roam among the bluebells and rhododendrons’.  Ahhhh, lovely.  Pack a lunch, take in the gorgeous scenery then pop into a nearby pub for the obligatory pint of Guinness.

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