St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of love, is celebrated on 25 January. North East Wales has countless ways to celebrate the most romantic date in the Welsh calendar.
Explore North East Wales
Officially an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), North East Wales has a stunning landscape. With unspoilt scenery for long walks, picturesque towns and plenty of places for a meal or drink, it’s a really romantic area. Take a romantic ride to Carrog on Llangollen Railway while you’re there. It’s a wonderful way to take in the picturesque Dee Valley. Have lunch at the Grouse Inn with its beautiful views over the River Dee before your return ride. Or for a more sustainable travel why not hire a bike from E beics Llan E Bikes.
Take yourselves ‘off-grid’
Having some alone time is easy in the The Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB. There is so much to explore, you won’t even have time to search for 4G. There are endless walks amongst the wildlife, ancient hillforts and incredible views give way to the Dee Valley’s rich cultural and industrial heritage. Not just some of the most beautiful landscapes in daylight, the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB have some outstanding dark sky locations where the wonder of the natural night skies can be experienced. We believe our dark skies are worth protecting that’s why we are on a mission to gain official status from the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) What could be more romantic than gazing at the stars together? Or take your camera and catch the sunset at the picturesque Point of Air lighthouse on Talacre Beach.
Huts in the hills
If you’re looking for a little alone time together, escape to a quaint countryside lodge or self-catering cottage in the Welsh hills. Somewhere like Cwt Bach, set on a working farm on the hills of Denbighshire a cosy Sheperds Hut overlooking rolling. With walks such as Pen y Pigyn in Corwen on your doorstep and dramatic views around every corner it will be a holiday to make memories.
Rev up the romance in a castle
Just a short trip from the northern coast and the island home of St Dwynwen (the Welsh patron saint of lovers), a real legendary experience awaits. Head to the Grade II Victorian Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel for an adults only get away. Set in a beautiful woodland estate (perfect for romantic walks), there’s also a spa and indoor heated swimming pool.
Find a quiet dune in Gronant
The North Wales coast has plenty of beautiful beaches. Many areas of the coast here offer quiet, tranquil spots for lovebirds to sit and ponder. Gronant Dunes are set amongst grassy verges with viewing platforms to watch the coastal wildlife. You may not be the only lovebirds as this is North Wales’ only breeding colony for Little Terns.
Wrap up warm and join your companion to watch the sunset along the coastline or have a meal with a view at 1891 restaurant in Rhyl.
Treat them to a stay at Tyddyn Llan
Whisk your lover away for a romantic weekend in one of Wales’ top small boutique hotels. Tyddyn Llan in Llandrillo has much to offer a romantic – think champagne, or a romantic cocktail and a delicious award winning dinner menu. If you fancy recreating a bit of Wuthering Heights whilst you are there take a walk on the nearby wild Berwyn Mountains.