Balloon ride, Usk
A balloon ride takes romance to dizzying new heights – literally. Bailey Balloons will take you up, up and away over the Usk and Wye valleys in the South Wales borderlands where you can drink in the views (plus the romantic bottle of bubbly you can book along with your flight.) As you’re carried by the wind, keep an eye out for sights including the magical Tintern Abbey and the mighty Raglan Castle.
For more information: https://www.baileyballoons.co.uk/where-we-fly/south-wales
Dolphin Watching, Cardigan Bay
There’s something truly special about seeing dolphins in their natural habitat, and Cardigan Bay offers one of the best wildlife-spotting vantage points there is. Not only is it home to the UK’s biggest pod of bottlenose dolphins, but you might also be lucky enough to encounter seals, porpoises, basking sharks and even orcas. To get up close and personal, take an organised tour with A Bay to Remember, available from March through to October weather and tide depending.
For more information on the best locations for dolphin watching: www.visitwales.com/explore/wildlife-fauna/dolphin-spotting-locations
Horse riding, Pembrokeshire
It doesn’t get more romantic than horseback riding beside the surf while breathing in fresh salty air, and you can find some of the finest coastal trail riding – and Britain’s only coastal National Park – in Pembrokeshire. Hack across spectacular beaches such as Druidstone Haven; family owned Norton Stables offers a variety of treks tailored to riders of all abilities.
For more information on horseback riding and pony trekking: http://www.visitwales.com/things-to-do/activities/horse-riding/pony-trekking-locations
Brecon Beacons National Park is the fifth destination in the world to be granted international dark sky reserve status – perfect for star-crossed lovers. Enjoy outstanding vistas and skies at the visitor centre, or for a superbly dark location which is protected from the light pollution of the South Wakes Valleys, try Usk Reservoir. Other well-known beauty spots ideal for star-gazing include Pontsticill Reservoir, Crai Reservoir and Llangorse Lakes.
For more information on the top stargazing spots: http://www.visitwales.com/explore/mid-wales/brecon-beacons/stargazing
Cliff camping, Anglesey
Cliff climbing is the ultimate romantic getaway for couples with a taste for adventure. Date night with a difference starts with a spot of rock climbing practice before a ‘portaledge’ – a sturdy canvas shelf that’s tethered to the side of a cliff – is set up. From there you can admire the sunset, listen to the sound of lapping waves, and enjoy a room with a view like no other.
For more information: http://www.gaiaadventures.co.uk/individual-courses/cliff-camping/
Visit a waterfall, Snowdonia
For pure romance, Swallow Falls on the River Llugwy in Snowdonia is hard to beat. Surrounded by woodland walks and carpeted with rare mosses and ferns, there are viewpoints on each bank bringing you face to face with the rushing water. At the heart of Devil’s Bridge you’ll find the spectacular 300ft Mynach Falls, then hop on the Vale of Rheidol Railway which travels the scenic 12 miles between Devil’s Bridge and Aberystwyth.
For more information about the waterfalls of Wales: http://www.visitwales.com/things-to-do/activities/walking-hiking/family-waterfall-walks